Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Climate Summit in the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Green gaming: Video game firms make climate promises at UN

September 24, 2019 - 12:10 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Gaming is going green.

The companies behind PlayStation, Xbox, Angry Birds, Minecraft, Twitch and other video games and platforms pledged Monday at the U.N. to level up efforts to fight climate change and get their throngs of users involved.

The promises range from planting trees to reducing plastic packaging, from making game devices more energy efficient to incorporating environmental themes into the games themselves.

Some games already reflect climate concerns. But it got new visibility with Monday's commitments from 21 companies, announced on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders.

Sony Interactive Entertainment's plans include outfitting the next-generation PlayStation system with a low-power, suspend-play mode. Microsoft plans 825,000 carbon-neutral Xbox consoles.

Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment is offsetting carbon emissions generated by players charging electronic devices.

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