The Future Belongs to the Gamers

If there’s one thing true of gamers, it’s that you show up—with consistency. Like when you submitted your entries into our E3 ticket giveaway, or when you picked up No Man’s Sky on launch day, or when you guys beat us to the punch by registering to vote in the 2016 election.

A few weeks back, we asked you all to participate in a Twitter poll as we attempted to gauge the level of participation we could expect from our gaming community in the upcoming election. As the RNC and DNC drew to a close, we asked who was planning to register and vote in the 2016 presidential election. We received 143 responses. Here’s what you had to say:

Wow – 80 percent already hard-set on voting this November. And what’s even more encouraging? These findings are consistent with the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) 2015 “Essential Facts About Gamers and Politicians” infographic, which states that 80 percent of gamers surveyed will vote in the 2016 election.

But here’s the real kicker: gamers hold a ton of influence in this election. There are more than 114 million voting-age gamers – that’s almost half of the total U.S. voting-age population.

Yep. Let that sink in for a moment. That is incredible power. And that means two very important things:

1.  We’re breaking stereotypes. When gamers show up at the polls, eager to perform our civic duty, we’re sending a powerful message to our government leaders. We’re not lazy or apathetic like they may expect us to be. We care about the direction this country is headed, and we’re taking a stand on issues that matter, from education to economy, from environment to international affairs. We know voting matters because it gives us a voice.

Which brings us to our second point:

2.  We are leaders. Gamers make up a huge part of the U.S. voting population, which by default makes us champions of the 2016 presidential election. And when united, we have the power to affect the future of our country. 

Gamers know this better than anyone, but with power comes great responsibility. Which is why we’re asking all gamers to become election advocates and encourage peers to show up at the polls.

We need to be the advocates for change. We need to be the voices of reason in our country.

So spark conversation around topics that matter.

Invite your friends to register to vote.

The future belongs to the gamers.

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