Impact during gameplay

Playing games is recognized as the most energy-intensive use of personal computers and smartphones.

For example, a study from 2015 estimates that although gaming computers comprise just 2.5 percent of personal computers worldwide, they account for 20 percent of global computer energy use. And this does not take into account the energy consumption from other platforms and devices.

Players’ energy consumption is conventionally considered the responsibility of hardware producers and not the game producers. However, everyone must pitch in for a significant impact to happen.

What can you do?

Ideas and examples

  • Optimize your game to require less energy while playing
  • Incorporate an ‘eco-mode’ where players can choose a less energy-demanding way to play
  • Nudge and encourage players to turn off devices after us

What have others done?

Selected blog posts