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Thursday 02/25/2021
New blood test poised to change how cancer is found
Updated: February 28, 2021 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Rare is the person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way. Maybe it's your parent fighting for their life. Perhaps it's a friend going through a difficult treatment. It could be a neighbor or colleague who was recently diagnosed and who now faces complex decisions.

Tuesday 02/23/2021
Video Game Industry Helps Florida Flourish
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The Sunshine State is in the spotlight for its economic impact from the video game industry. 

Statistics Suggest Bright Future

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Florida generates $2.7 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($1.2 billion) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($1.5 billion). What’s more, the video game industry accounts for about 16,300 jobs in Florida, either directly through industry jobs (about 6,300) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 10,000).

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of Florida life. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

California #1 In Economic Impact From Video Game Industry
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—No state compares to California with respect to the impact of the U.S. video games on its economy. 

Games Bring Success

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows the video game industry in California generates $51.8 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($22.5 billion) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($29.3 billion). That ranks the state first nationally—by far—in economic output. 

What’s more, the video game industry accounts for about 218,100 jobs in California, either directly through industry jobs (about 57,400) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 160,700)—more than any other state. 

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of California life. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

Georgia Video Game Industry Generates $801.4 Million In Annual Economic Output
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The video game industry is really bearing fruit in the Peach State. 

Sweet Stats

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Georgia generates $801.4 million in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($370 million) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($431 million). That ranks the state #13 nationally in economic output. 

What’s more, the video game industry accounts for about 5,000 jobs in Georgia, either directly through industry jobs (about 2,200) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 2,800).  

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of life in Georgia. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More 

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

Washington State Gets Billions From Video Games
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The video game industry stands tall—economically—in the Evergreen State. 

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Washington state generates $11.6 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($5.7 billion) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($5.9 billion). What’s more, the video game industry accounts for about 48,800 jobs in the state, either directly through industry jobs (about 15,000) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 33,800).

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of Washington life. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

Video Games Bring Billions To New York
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Video games have a presence in New York that extends well beyond those who play them. Indeed, the Empire State is one of the largest contributors to economic output and employment for the video game industry.

Study Shows

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in New York state generates $2.07 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($976 million) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($1.1 billion). What’s more, the video game industry accounts for about 11,000 jobs in New York, either directly through industry jobs (about 5,000) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 6,000).

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of New York life. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

Video Games Boost U.S. Economy By Billions Top 10 States Ranked By Total Video Game Industry-Related Economic Effect
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you, your friends and family play video games, you’ll do more than have fun. You’ll help improve global science and art and the American economy at the same time. 

Statistics Show

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows video games not only provide rich, interactive entertainment experiences—they power an innovation industry that has a significant effect on U.S. economic growth and jobs. 

The U.S. video game industry in 2019 generated $90.3 billion in annual economic output, while supporting nearly 429,000 U.S. jobs. The latter number includes about 143,000 people directly employed by the video game industry, averaging over $121,000 in annual compensation. Additionally, video game industry-related activity generates $12.6 billion in federal, state and local taxes, annually.

“The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. economy, including jobs creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said. “As a convergence point for leadership in software, hardware, entertainment and creative arts, the video game ecosystem generates the kind of innovation critical to economic growth and this report helps share that story in a new and comprehensive way.”

Further, the report shows, the industry contributes to the development of innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning, as well as the spillover effects into other industries, adding:

“The industry thus represents a rather unique convergence of U.S. global leadership in technology industries (software development, computational systems, advanced graphics systems, etc.) AND its visual arts, creativity, storytelling and entertainment culture (in the tradition of literature, theater, graphic novels, movies and television). Video games have emerged as a melding of the two, creating a new form of visual art and entertainment and a new platform for experimentation and innovation in advanced technology development.”

Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video game play. For instance: 

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 play video games regularly

•The average age of a video game player is 35-44 years old

Learn More

For further facts and states and to see the complete report, visit www.theesa.com

 

Texas Sees Billions In Video Game Income
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The video game industry has a Texas-sized effect on the Lone Star State’s economy. 

A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Texas generates $4.15 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($1.8 billion) or via other participants in the video game ecosystem, such as suppliers and other supported output ($2.4 billion). What’s more, the industry accounts for about 25,000 jobs in the state, either directly through industry jobs (about 9,800) or through supplier and other supported jobs (about 15,200).

Overall, the U.S. video game industry’s annual economic output is $90.3 billion and accounts for nearly 429,000 jobs. 

These are among several key findings from “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2020 Economic Impact Report,” a review of the industry and its wide-ranging impacts released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The report outlines ongoing advancements in technology and vast participation in gameplay that transcends all demographics (in fact, one in three citizens of the world play video games). 

Video games are vital in numerous other aspects of Texas life. Americans across age, gender and other demographic measures find many positive benefits to video games. For instance:

•More than 214 million Americans play video games

•64% of U.S. adults and 70% percent of those under 18 regularly play video games

•The average age of a gamer is 35-44 years old.

Further, the report outlines video games’ effect in developing innovative, far-reaching technologies, such as virtual reality, advanced computing and machine learning.

“Video games are a source of much-needed entertainment, stress relief, escape and social interaction,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis pointed out. “The statistics in this detailed report reinforce the significant impact video games have on the U.S. and state economies, including job creation and providing family-sustaining wages in a wide array of careers.” 

Learn More

For further facts and stats and to see the entire report, visit www.theesa.com

 

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