The short version is that Mike Gallagher, Dubya cabinet alum and man with no prior connection to the industry, parachuted into the position via Republican lobbyist-industrial complex and ran the place like a petty despot, which is to say “meets minimum standards for success but at great human cost”. At Trump’s election, he made a hard right turn and made such memorable decisions as loudly declaring support as an organization for the Trump Tax Scam Bill, frantically rejiggering E3 into PAX-but-worse, and saying lootboxes aren’t gambling nopenope lalala can’t hear you.
The whole piece is a fascinating read and I’m surprised it didn’t get more play. I only found out about it when Brad mentioned it on the bombcast.
The new CEO is a career corporate lawyer who is promising big changes but is just talk so far. E3 is in a weird spot now and it’s only getting weirder. The government advocacy aspect of the ESA is all over the place and they’ve been bad about labor protections too. My gut reaction is maybe to just burn it all down? Am I wrong on this?