Earth Week: How Does Gaming Contribute To Carbon Emissions?

It’s no secret that the Earth and its habitants are faced with a litany of issues. Whether it be climate change, global warming or something else entirely, something is always going wrong. 

People often use video games to escape the harsh reality of the world, but gaming is one of the main contributors to the CO2 in the atmosphere. 

According to a study conducted by Ben Abraham in 2020, he concluded that the gaming industry contributes between 1-5 tonnes of CO2 per employee every year. When multiplied by the number of gaming developers in the world (an estimated 500,000 to 4 million currently), that brings us to between 3 million and 15 million tonnes of CO2 every year supplied by the gaming industry. 

And this is only from making the games, not all the other gaming related activities. Many companies are making an effort to reduce their emissions, and Wargaming Sydney found that the switch to recyclable power was not only very easy, but also saved them money. Many of the bigger companies like Microsoft and Nintendo are also using mostly renewable energy now. For example, Nintendo uses 98% renewable energy. 

If these companies can fully make the change to renewable power, then the annual carbon emissions would lower significantly. 

By The Analyst

Hi. I’m The Analyst. I enjoy playing all kinds of different games, from RPGs to Battle Royales. Currently, I have three favourite games, being Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War 2018, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. I also enjoy practicing flips and Martial Arts in real life, although I’m not very good at them.

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