FIFA 20 has been called the most polluting game of 2019 for Console Carbon Footprint. The study revealed how its production is comparable to the charge of 261,914,710 phones.
Console Carbon Footprint is an initiative aimed at monitoring the production of CO2 produced by the video game industry. His latest report revealed that FIFA 20 was the most polluting game of 2019. This unpleasant acknowledgment is mainly related to the sales success of the Electronic Arts sports game. FIFA 20it was the best-selling game of the last year in a physical edition, which made the CO2 emissions related to its production skyrocket.
In fact, digital downloads cut CO2 emissions by 96% compared to physical editions. It goes from 0.017kg of CO2 for every single download to 0.39kg for each physical copy. This is due to the emissions produced by the handling of plastic, paper, and aluminum necessary to create the discs and packaging.
Therefore, making a calculation between these data and the copies sold and the game times, it is estimated that FIFA 20 has exceeded 2 million tons of CO2 produced which equates to charging 261,914,710 telephones, the annual electricity use of 348 homes or driving 5,096,065 miles.
However, the physical sales of FIFA 20 have decreased by 7% compared to those of FIFA 19, with a significant benefit for the environment. Overall, the video game industry saw physical game sales drop by 3.4%.