The environmental impact of gaming is huge
The rise in popularity when it comes to video gaming is putting increased pressure on manufacturers to be more energy-conscious, and to reduce the amount of energy required to power consoles.
It may not be immediately obvious, but it is nevertheless very true. Research has found that PC video game players around the world utilise more electricity than could be produced by a staggering 25 fully operational power stations.
That's a whopping 75 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each and every year, only from those gamers that use PCs. When you factor in consoles, that electricity usage is significantly higher, which just further highlights the need for greater green initiatives in the gaming sector.
A look at the problem
In the USA alone, video gamers consumer around $6 billion of electricity every year, with the amount predicted to increase in the coming years. Of course, it can be difficult to fathom just how much this is, so let's put it into perspective. That's more power each year than Americans use on:
- Water heaters
- Microwaves and ovens
According to a report released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, American gamers contribute to approximately 12 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. That's the same as is released by 2.3 million passenger cars.
The report also goes so far as to claim that within the next five years, electricity use to power gaming consoles and PCs could increase by around 114 percent, so clearly the time for action is now.
Time for change
Nearly all industries and sectors are currently embracing green initiatives. From minimising power output to increasing their focus on waste reduction and recycling, companies are putting far more effort into appearing green, not only because it enhances their reputation, but because it can help them save money.
At Virtue Gaming, we are using mobile gaming to raise awareness of the current environmental issues around gaming, and helping consumers to alter their behaviours. We believe that gaming has the power to influence and promote important issues, and we're spreading awareness of the causes we believe in.