It’s no secret that mainstream news media has a knee-jerk tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive, and it’s no different when it comes to their reporting on video games. As a result, many parents are simply unaware of the variety of potential benefits their child may gain from playing games. Sure, like most forms of entertainment, video games start as fun, but anyone that’s seen the grin spread across a child’s face the first time they overcome a particularly difficult game challenge knows that there’s more to it than just fun.
Bonnie Ross didn’t grow up playing Atari or Nintendo or Sega or PlayStation. A Mattel handheld game of football was about as immersed as she got. Today, though, she’s in charge of one of the video game industry’s biggest franchises.
Maya Rogers is in charge of the family legacy. As CEO and president of Blue Planet Software, she heads the company that’s responsible for safeguarding and managing all aspects of the classic game Tetris. From her office in Oahu, Hawaii, Rogers oversees everything from merchandising to promotional opportunities to new games building on the arcade title that debuted in 1984 and remains as popular as ever with players.
There aren’t many game makers with a track record as impressive as Ted Price. For 25 years, Insomniac Games, the company he founded and where he still serves as CEO and president, has consistently been creating hit titles that have burrowed into the hearts and minds of players. Together, he and his team are responsible for mega-franchises including Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank. Resistance: Fall of Man, Sunset Overdrive, and Marvel’s Spider-Man.
“The impressive economic growth of the industry announced today parallels the growth of the industry in mainstream American culture,” said acting ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis. “Across the nation, we count people of all backgrounds and stages of life among our most passionate video game players and fans. Interactive entertainment stands today as the most influential form of entertainment in America.”
As one of the most dynamic sectors of the tech industry, video game companies prioritize fostering greater workforce diversity. ESA members are leaders in adopting and enforcing anti-discrimination and harassment policies in the workplace. In addition, the ESA Foundation, our industry’s philanthropic arm, has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to women and minorities since 2007.
ESA surveys more than 4,000 American households (including the heads of and most frequent gamers within each household) about their video game playing habits and attitudes, resulting in these survey results for 2018.
“There is no better team up than baseball and video games to provide a fun, interactive experience to benefit children across LA,” said ESA Vice President of State Government Affairs Tom Foulkes. “ESA is thrilled to join the MLB in addressing this critical academic issue among young people.”