Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony publish joint statement against President Trump's proposed tariffs on consoles manufactured in China

Coming together

In a very rare showing, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have come together in a showing of solidarity against proposed tariffs on consoles manufactured in China. Linda K. Norman, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft Corporation; Devon Pritchard, general counsel and executive vice president of business affairs at Nintendo of America; and Jennifer Liu, general counsel, senior vice president, legal and business affairs at Sony Interactive Entertainment, have published a 7-page document that aims to explain to President Trump just how damaging tariffs on game consoles made in China would be.

“While we appreciate the Administration’s efforts to protect U.S. intellectual property and preserve U.S. high-tech leadership, the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to U.S. consumers and businesses will undermine — not advance — these goals. Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Administration remove HTSUS subheading 9504.50.00, covering video game consoles, from the final list of tariffs, and thus refrain from applying tariffs on these products.

Economically, the video game industry contributes substantially to the U.S. economy, and its year-on-year growth is impressive. The U.S. video game industry generated total revenue of $36 billion in 20172 and $43.4 billion in 2018,3 reflecting over 20% in growth. This industry directly and indirectly employs more than 220,000 people. Ninety-nine point seven percent (99.7%) of video game companies qualify as small businesses and can be found in each of the fifty states; many develop software for video games across the range of platforms, from PCs to mobile, including the video game consoles that we manufacture, and are an integral part of the booming app economy.

If you want to read the entire 7-page filing, you can do so right here.

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Top Rated Comment
Wed Jun 26 19 09:53pm
Rating: 6

have published a 7-page document that aims to explain to President Trump

That's like, seven pages too many.

Wed Jun 26 19 09:51pm
Rating: 2

lol. I don't think this will make much of a difference. The whole point is to motivate companies to move out of China, not make exceptions for them to stay. How horrible that these companies might need to start having their machines assembled in one of Foxconns other facilities. Like, you know, Brazil, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea or Europe.

Maybe they can find another country with low wages and child labor to take advantage of. There’s always a silver lining in those dark clouds.

Wed Jun 26 19 09:53pm
Rating: 6

have published a 7-page document that aims to explain to President Trump

That's like, seven pages too many.

Only if it's not a picture book.

Someone will make him a one page summary. 😂

I'm pretty sure Trump will make a one word summary that will start and end with "WRONG." 🙄

I can easily put a dollar value on the price hikes these tariffs will bring, I can't say the same for the value of individual freedoms.

Yeah, I actually rather like Trump, but I support Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft on this one.

Genuinely curious and not having a go...

Do you like his policies / administration or his personality or both?

Thu Jun 27 19 07:10am
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I just like the guy--and I've watched a lot of videos of him at this point including like the 3 full debates with Hillary--and also think he's been grossly misrepresented in the media (worryingly so if you expect your "news" media to be honest and fair and unbiased and non-manipulative and so on).

Example: Media calls him [and tries to brainwash everyone into believing and perpetuating that he is] a "racist" for saying [roughly] "We need to stop ILLEGAL immigrants coming across the border", or for pointing out what appears to be an objective and verifiable truth/fact that SOME of the ILLEGAL immigrants crossing the border are criminals and others are getting r*ped and so on, neither of which even remotely racist.

Same with the stuff he said on the bus--total guy banter in private and nothing more. Girls do exactly the same in private with other girls. And, when you watch how he actually conducted himself with the woman after getting off the bus--totally fine, not a wrong word or a bad gesture, and a bit of a gentleman actually ("after you"). Bush was actually the one being a bit pervy and forceful in how he was talking to and giving the woman random commands:


Just a couple of examples.

So, while I also think he's a douche in some ways (no one is perfect), I just like the cut of his jib for the most part. Some of the videos of him are just hilarious, like the one with the never-ending handshake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVdCnHXU39g (the dude is like the DON! The other guy like never had a clue what was happening! lol)


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