ESA Foundation Honors Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore and Humble Bundle at 2016 Nite to Unite
FEBRUARY 18, 2016 – Washington, DC – The ESA Foundation announced today it will celebrate two honorees at its annual “Nite to Unite” (NTU) on March 15, in San Francisco. NTU is the U.S. video game industry’s annual philanthropic gala to support America’s youth. Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer for Electronic Arts, will be honored as the 2016 Champion Honoree, which honors industry leaders who have contributed substantially to the industry and for their charitable works. Humble Bundle, a digital video game storefront supporting charities, will be presented the “Visionary Award.”
Peter Moore has been a champion and leader of the video game community throughout nearly 20 years in the industry. In executive roles at EA, Microsoft and Sega, Moore has led efforts to deliver breakthrough devices, experiences and digital services to game players around the world. A long-time advocate for the way games can give back, Moore has also sponsored EA’s involvement with charities such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society, and encouraged teams to develop innovative ways to incorporate giving through games and services. Moore is set to receive the ESA Foundation’s Champion Award as he takes on a new role for Electronic Arts beginning in April, bringing his tremendous passion for sports, competition and games to lead the newly-formed Competitive Gaming Division as EA’s Chief Competition Officer.
“Peter is the ideal industry Champion. The competitive spirit evident in every aspect of his career has helped to revolutionize video games and digital technology and assist others in need while doing so,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. “We want to celebrate Peter’s continuing commitment to the true spirit of games during Nite to Unite, and thank him for the positive influence and unending energy he brings to our industry and game players around the world.”
Humble Bundle, which transformed philanthropic giving and digital distribution, will receive the Visionary Award, a new honor established at this year’s Nite to Unite to recognize rising innovators who harness the power of video game technology to make an impactful difference in the community at large. The organization takes advantage of video game sales to benefit major charities, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, charity: water, the American Red Cross, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Since its founding in 2010, Humble Bundle has raised more than $65 million for 50 different charities.
“Humble Bundle’s remarkable leadership in donating to non-profits and encouraging others to give back is a testament to their commitment to the industry and gamers,” Gallagher commented. “They are incredible partners and we value their contributions and spirit of innovation.”
The ESA Foundation supports programs that use video games and digital technology to benefit American youth. The ESA Foundation’s 2016 grantees are:
- Alliance for Young Artists and Writers – Identifies and encourages literary and artistic talent in students.
- Bootstrap – Leverages students’ excitement for video games to teach programming that integrates math and reinforce algebraic concepts.
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Provides video games that allow children to imagine they are part of a team of astronauts abroad the International Space Station.
- Girlstart – Promotes young women’s early engagement and academic success in STEM, helping to resolve the gender gap that currently exists in today’s STEM workforce.
- HopeLab Foundation – Utilizes technology as a tool for improving the health and overall well-being of children.
- iCivics – Encourages civics learning through interactive games and resources for students across the country.
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. We support organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.esafoundation.org or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.