Dr Ben Abraham, a researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, wondered what impact the gaming industry would have on the environment and what do game developers think of their carbon footprints? He called on game developers to take part in the new research project, which aims to “create a snapshot of the energy density of contemporary game development in the workplace where the game is actually produced”. To that end, Dr. Abraham is looking for first-hand information from game studios about their carbon policy and practices.
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In addition to obtaining these digital data, Dr Abraham’s study also wants respondents to talk about “the attitudes of game developers to the potential impact of their work on the environment.” The survey asked game developers to discuss their interest and interest in climate change and carbon emissions from the game development industry.
Dr. Abraham is gathering policy information on the use of energy in gaming studios, carbon policy policies in the workplace, and other environmental issues, such as recycling waste resources and shutting down computers at night.
In 2019, the United Nations announced an initiative called “Fight for the Earth”, and 21 gaming giants, including Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and Niantic, announced plans to work together to propose best practices to reduce the environmental impact of the gaming industry. But the partnership does not include Nintendo’s name, possibly because it has set up an environmental committee at its Headquarters in Japan, and each overseas subsidiary has its own environmental committee to investigate the environmental impact of its region.
As part of the pilot project, Microsoft is producing 825,000 “zero carbon” Xbox consoles, the first console in history to have the title. Sony says the PS5 will be more environmentally friendly.
In all, the 21 gaming companies are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by “30 million tonnes globally by 2030” and plant “millions” of trees, adding that the game giants will do better in “energy management, packaging and equipment recycling in the future.” “