ESA Foundation


Focused on creating opportunities for America’s youth, the ESA Foundation hosts a number of educational and fundraising events throughout the year. 

They range from game jams to annual galas to panels and workshops conducted in conjunction with the video game industry’s tradeshow, E3. 

The intent of each event is to provide underrepresented students with opportunities to pursue their interest in video games while engaging in STEAM learning and forging pathways into the industry.

Nite to Unite Light the Night

Nite to Unite Light the Night is the ESA Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, an annual gala that takes place in San Francisco and gathers together more 600 video game industry leaders to celebrate the industry’s philanthropy and raise money for the Foundation’s mission.

Date: March 19, 2024
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What’s Needed to Design and Build an Inclusive Metaverse?

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, ESA Foundation Executive Director Anastasia Staten led “Video Games and the Metaverse: How We Will Build it Together,” a GamesBeat Summit panel with leading industry members on “building this new reality to reflect our aspirations and diversity.”
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A Glimpse Into The Future

In October, a game jam co-hosted by the ESA Foundation and Amazon Games immersed D.C.-area students in the world of video game design and revealed how much they have to offer the industry.
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Learning From The Pros

A recent event co-hosted by the ESA Foundation and Amazon Games in Washington, D.C., enabled students like Kayla Harwell to create video games with professional help.
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