ESA 'Nite to Unite' raises $822,000 for charity

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) held its 15th annual "Nite to Unite" event on October 18 in San Francisco, raising $822,000 and bringing its grand total raised to more than $12 million. The money will be put towards funding grants and scholarships for America's youth.

Valve founder Gabe Newell was the 2012 ESA Champion Honoree, for the company's Steam for Schools initiative. The organization also outlined a partnership with Children's Miracle Network and Extra Life.

"Nite to Unite's success is due to the video game industry's generosity, leadership and commitment to children," said organization president and CEO Michael Gallagher, in the announcement "Our industry once again came together to support programs and initiatives that equip America's young adults with the skills they need for academic and workforce success."