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Video Game Industry’s Annual Fundraiser Celebrates Industry Luminaries
Washington, D.C. – January 5, 2017 – Legendary video game designer, Sid Meier, and Extra Life founder, Jeromy Adams, are the honorees for the 2017 Nite to Unite (NTU), the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) announced today. Meier will be honored with the 2017 Champion Award and Adams with the 2017 Visionary Award. NTU, the U.S. video game industry’s annual philanthropic gala, raises funds to improve the lives of America’s children through the use of video games. The annual event will be held on February 28, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.
Nite to Unite honors leaders and visionaries making a profound difference through video games. It is also the video game industry’s annual event to raise funds in support of scholarships for the next generation of game makers and charitable organizations leveraging the power of interactive software.
“Sid Meier’s genius and creativity revolutionized how video games are played and their positive contributions. Many of today’s developers were drawn to this work because they were inspired by Sid’s creations, including the classic Civilization franchise,” said Anastasia Staten, executive director of the ESA Foundation, the video game industry’s charitable organization. “Sid’s honor celebrates the vision and commitment he has brought to our industry over the last three decades.”
Sid Meier is heralded often as “The Godfather of Computer Games” for his innovative and strategy simulation games, including one of the most beloved strategy franchises of all-time, Civilization. The Co-Founder and Director of Creative Development at Firaxis Games, Meier has spent more than thirty years in the industry inspiring generations of players to pursue careers in game development. In 1982 he created one of the very first combat flight simulators, F-15 Strike Eagle which sold more than 1 million units worldwide. In October 2016, the sixth installment of the Civilization series was released, marking the 25th Anniversary of the successful brand. Meier was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's "Hall of Fame" for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. In 2002, he was inducted into the Computer Museum of America's Hall of Fame.
Jeromy Adams created the successful Extra Life – a fundraising program that has mobilized a community of gamers to raise almost $30 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals) through gaming marathons. Adams created Extra Life in 2008 after meeting a young girl named Victoria (Tori) Enmon, who was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, thanks to Jeromy Adams’s vision and leadership, gamers from around the world contribute to CMN Hospitals through Extra Life.
“Extra Life harnesses the best of what makes video games so great. Bringing people together to help those who are in need and doing so through video games,” said Staten. “Jeromy’s work, combined with the hundreds of thousands who support it, have made a difference in the lives of countless children and their families across the country.”
Nite to Unite 2017 will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco at 7PM on February 28, 2017. Sponsorships and tickets are still available for purchase. For more information about supporting the event, visit nitetounite.org or contact Anastasia Staten at AStaten@theESA.com.
Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. ESA Foundation is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, “Nite to Unite” and other charitable initiatives. For more information, please visit ESA Foundation’s website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Firaxis Games™ is one of the world’s premier game development studios, and home of legendary designer Sid Meier. Firaxis has developed some of the most successful and award-winning PC and video games on the market today, including the Sid Meier’s Civilization® series, featuring the recently released Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for PC. Also recently released was XCOM 2 for Windows PC, the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. XCOM 2 is the follow up to the 2012 Game of the Year award-winning XCOM®: Enemy Unknown. For more information on the Civilization series visit www.civilization.com and for more information on the XCOM series visit www.xcom.com. Firaxis Games is owned by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., and is part of its 2K publishing label.
Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids. Play games, heal kids and join the community today at extra-life.org.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.