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 Patrick BradyOvernight Health Care: Initial Senate tax bill doesn't repeal ObamaCare mandate | 600K sign up for ObamaCare in first four days | Feds crack down on opioid trafficking Overnight Finance: Senate GOP unveils different approach on tax reform | House tax bill heads to floor | House leaders eye vote next week | AT&T denies pressure for CNN sale GOP tax bill clears hurdle, heads to House floor 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.