Representatives at the event, hosted by the ESA and the Congressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-TECH), also touted the potential for job growth in the gaming industry.

While the E-TECH Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Kevin BradyKevin BradyMnuchin asks Congress for clean debt hike before August Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's first budget | 66 programs on the chopping block | Hearing highlights border tax divide | Labor to implement investment adviser rule Eliminate Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 to create jobs MORE (R-Texas) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), had a hand in the “Madden”-centric gathering, most lawmakers had already departed for their home districts ahead of the Friday event.

Photo: "Madden" Associate Designer Patrick Bellanca discusses the game.