Level-5 joins Entertainment Software Association

Professor Layton developer joins US trade group alongside publishers Rubicon Organization and Little Orbit.


Level-5 is increasing its Western presence. The Entertainment Software Association today announced that the company has become a member of the United States trade organization.

Level-5 pushes further into the USA by joining the ESA.
Level-5 pushes further into the USA by joining the ESA.

Level-5, most famous for developing the Professor Layton series, was founded in 1998 in Japan. The company opened an office in the United States in 2010, in Santa Monica, California.

On top of Level-5, the ESA added startup digital publisher Rubicon Organization and Young Justice publisher Little Orbit to its ranks today. With the addition of the three new publishers, the ESA's total membership stands at 36.

Other companies that are part of the ESA include console makers like Nintendo of America, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Microsoft Corporation, as well as smaller firms like 38 Studios, Natsume, and 505 Games.

The ESA recently made headlines when California was forced to pay the group $950,000 over its failed Supreme Court battle. The ESA also made a splash in January when over the course of three weeks it proclaimed support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act before backing away from it.

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Nice but why Ni No Kuni US release has been delayed then?this should speed things up hopefully.

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Screw this. I don't care much for ESA to begin with. Freakin' SOPA backers. I've been a fan of Level 5's work since Dark Cloud 2. Rogue Galaxy is pure awesome as well. Any news on those two would've been much more welcomed. Honestly, now being a PC gamer, I want a PC version of Rogue Galaxy. Even if it's just a spin-off.

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I want Dark Cloud 3 :-(

Avatar image for Banefire76

I just hope they stay true to thier Japanese roots while learning how to interact with western publishers and gamers. Thier games for the most part are superb and id hate for them to sellout due to thier association with ESA. We dont need more developers and publishers to mirror EA and Activision, regardless of how much money they make.

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@wertigo That was exactly what I was thinking when I saw the title. A little scrap of news, anything, on Dark Cloud 3 would be welcome.

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@wertigo I wasnt even going to log on today but seeing your comment made me log on only to thumb it up and say this. Also, I havent played the second one; I hear the first is better (which is what I believe). Which is better?

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Bring on that Time Travelers game now!

Avatar image for Raeldor

Not sure what exactly this buy them, but if it means they're going to get some help or assistance publishing their games in the west, this can only be a good thing because their games rate among the best.

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So when will we FINALLY see a Dark Cloud 3?