The ESA announced this morning that Texas Governor Rick Perry will give the keynote at this year's E3. OK kids, remember that E3 is a business and media summit before flipping out and asking why the governor of Texas is keynoting the event. Texas actually has a large development community (particularly in the MMO space) and even supports the industry with financial incentives.
The ESA says Perry's "forward-thinking leadership" is a roadmap for other states on how to welcome the video game industry. As a side note, Perry also defeated an anti-gaming gubernatorial candidate during the last election who sought to place a 50% tax on violent video games. It'll be interesting to see if Perry's keynote is pure business or if it addresses some of the other issues going like publishers leaving the ESA or the national game law ID bill.