Gaming Companies Join Forces With UN To Combat Climate Change
Posted Sep 29, 2019 by DarthHazard
The United Nations has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the world of video games in order to fight against climate change.
Climate change has become a much more prominent discussion over the past few months and the video games industry is next to aim to help the world become a better place in the future. With a “combined audience of 970 million players”, the small actions of these companies will make a huge difference.
The United Nations states that with the commitments made from the 21 video game based companies, there will be a reduction of 30 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. In addition to this, millions of trees will be planted, new “green nudges” in game design and improvements to energy management, packaging, and device recycling will also be introduced.
The partnership, dubbed Playing for the Planet, will see several of these companies make changes to the way they operate and the way their products are developed.
The announcement, which was made at the UN Headquarters, was accompanied by CEOs from 14 gaming platform and games makers revealing what their commitments were.
This included Sony Interactive Entertainment who will be introducing a new low power suspend mode for the PlayStation 5 and work on educating and inspiring the gaming community to take action on climate change. Microsoft will also be trying to make the world a better place, promising that it will set a target of reducing its supply chain emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
“In addition, Microsoft will engage gamers in sustainability efforts in real life through the Minecraft its ‘Build a Better World’ initiative, which has seen players take more than 20 million in-game actions.”
The companies also stated that usually, games that are aimed at being educational can have some trouble reaching the masses. To overcome this, design-jams will be hosted which will help creatives to “consider how they can mindfully incentivize better environmental outcomes within the games, without limiting the fun and enjoyment for players”.
The full list of companies that have made commitments to make a change include: Creative Mobile, E-Line Media, Google Stadia, Green Man Gaming, iDreamSky, Internet of Elephants, Microsoft, Niantic Inc, Pixelberry, Reliance Games, Rovio, Space Ape, Sports Interactive, Supercell, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Strange Loop, Sybo, Twitch, Ubisoft, WildWorks and will be supported by Playmob.
Are you happy with many of these gaming based companies aiming to make a change? Or do you think it’s more of a public relations move? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.