Chlorpyrifos Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016 – 2026

New York City, NY — (SBWIRE) — 01/20/2017 — Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide, and miticide, produced by white or colorless crystals and used to control insect pests on a variety of crops such as corn, cotton, wheat and other crops. Chlorpyrifos is used as a pesticide since 1965 in agricultural as well as the non-agricultural field. Chlorpyrifos is acting on the nervous system of insects, pests, fleas, termites and mosquito by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, which leads to the demand of the Chlorpyrifos from the agriculture as well as pet care industry. Chlorpyrifos has become the largest organophosphorus insecticide as it has been widely consumed in over 100 countries across the world.

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The global Chlorpyrifos market is anticipated to register a significant CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing demand from the agricultural industry. The use of Chlorpyrifos is widely increased due to its effective use as a pesticide and insecticide in farming and animal care sector. The Chlorpyrifos is also used in the commercial sector, such as golf courses and playgrounds to control the mosquitos and other insects which also propel the demand of Chlorpyrifos and drives the growth of the global Chlorpyrifos market. The increasing use of Chlorpyrifos in animal ectoparasiticides and new innovations due to research and development activities also boost the demand of the Chlorpyrifos and drives the global Chlorpyrifos market.

The stringent government laws and regulations to use of Chlorpyrifos in various industries such as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) may restrain the growth of the global Chlorpyrifos market. Chlorpyrifos can cause cholinesterase inhibition in human at high enough doses which can overstimulate the nervous system and causes nausea, dizziness and respiratory paralysis, which may also hamper the demand of the Chlorpyrifos as pesticides and restrain the global Chlorpyrifos market.

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The global Chlorpyrifos market segmented into the seven regions: North America, Latin America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and Middle East and Africa (MEA). The APEJ is dominating the global Chlorpyrifos market by contributing the leading shares in terms of revenue and volume due to the high demand of Chlorpyrifos from the agricultural industry. The North America and Western Europe are also contributing the significant shares to the global Chlorpyrifos market, followed by APEJ in terms of revenue. The Latin America and Japan are expected to register the moderate shares to the global Chlorpyrifos market over the forecast period as its wide applications in commercial and residential sectors. The MEA and Eastern Europe are anticipated to grow at a healthy growth rate over the forecast period due to the lucrative market of Chlorpyrifos in the region. Overall, the global Chlorpyrifos market is projected to grow at a significant growth rate over the forecast period 2016 to 2026.

Primoceler Ltd. Introduces Patented Heat-free, Hermetic Packaging for VCSELs

TAMPERE, Finland, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to an on-going joint project with the European Space Agency, Finnish microfabrication solution provider Primoceler Ltd. (http://www.primoceler.com) has developed a patented process to package vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) using no heat or adhesives. The resulting VCSEL packaging leaves the electronics hermetically sealed inside with absolutely no damage, regardless of the size of the packaged components. Now, Primoceler’s packaging will be applied to products in the autonomous cars, augmented reality, medical, and mobile device industries.

„Traditional fusion and anodic bonding methods for packaging generate a considerable amount of heat, which can irreparably damage the fragile components inside,” explained Antti Määttänen, Primoceler laboratory engineer. „Primoceler’s Glass micro Bonding technique for VCSEL packaging, in contrast, produces a hermetic seal at room temperature without the use of heat or chemicals. The applications are numerous, from light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, in the self-driving cars, to medical devices, augmented reality devices, and even mobile phones.”

Primoceler’s new glass VCSEL packaging brings the company’s global patent count to 10. Designed to safely encase optical transmission products without damaging sensitive electronics, the packaging’s hermetic seal protects against gases and moisture, while the absence of adhesives ensures the components are also free of particles. Through the company’s patented heat-free Glass micro bonding technique, a strong and permanent seam is created that allows the packaging to withstand extreme fluctuations in pressure and temperature.

Through extensive testing, Primoceler has applied its Glass micro Bonding to over 100 products across a range of industries. Consumers can expect the first products with the new packaging inside in 2017. Although it won’t be obvious to the casual observer, Primoceler’s state-of-the-art packaging process will ensure more reliable performance and longer product life for many electronic products.

„We have worked hard to create a product that can perform in a multitude of applications,” said Määttänen. „The entire Primoceler team looks forward to seeing products using our technology hit the shelves next year. In the meantime, we will continue to introduce new applications for our heat-free Glass micro Bonding technology.”

About Primoceler Ltd.
A pioneer in Glass bonding and hermetic packaging, Primoceler Ltd. was founded in 2010. The company has since seen impressive growth: In addition to being selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop optical sensor packages for use in future orbital missions, Primoceler is a second-stage finalist in the Young Innovative Company Program, a funding program that seeks to recognize and accelerate the most promising new companies in Finland. Primoceler Ltd. now holds 10 global patents. Learn more at http://www.primoceler.com.

Contact:
Antti Peltonen
Primoceler Ltd.
424-289-5406
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http://www.primoceler.com

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Space Station Moon

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is the International Space Station as it flies in front of the Moon as seen from ESA’s space science centre near Madrid, Spain, on 14 January.

A full Moon, looking up at the right time and good weather are necessary to take a picture like this. Consisting of 13 superimposed images, it clearly shows the Station’s main elements.

Thirteen frames were captured starting at 01:01:14 GMT, with the Station taking just half a second to cross the Moon.

The outpost is the largest structure in orbit, spanning the size of a football pitch, but at 400 km altitude it still appears tiny through a telescope.

Michel Breitfellner, Manuel Castillo, Abel de Burgos and Miguel Perez Ayucar work at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre and are members its astronomy club. They braved freezing temperatures to set up two telescopes with reflex cameras to record this sequence.

As the Station could be seen only when in front of the Moon, the group had to press the shutter and hope for the best. Their calculations were perfect and the result speaks for itself.

Animalplex.com Puts Your Beloved Pet on the Plane

DALLAS, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Flying can be a scary experience for some, however, today there are newly confident people conquering their fears with their Emotion Support Animal in tow.  This has become a trend that is supported by the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and psychiatrists around the United States.  Americans over the past several years have taken advantage of service dogs due to physical and mental disabilities taking them to establishments like restaurants and stores as well as on public transportation.

A letter is needed from a psychiatrist stating that a person has a mental disability and has been recommended to carry an ESA animal on board flights across the country. DMV-IV disorders include learning disorders, motor skills disorders, communication disorder, developmental disorder, ADD or disruptive behavior disorder, dementia, cognitive disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

With an ESA letter, it’s possible to see other sorts of animals in public places.  Hollis Gillespie, a former flight attendant stated, „You get on an aircraft and the cabin looks like a barnyard.”  She says she has seen snakes, birds and pigs. „Often it’s about the money, because one way to travel with a pet on some airlines can be up to $600, depending on the size of the animal.”

Go to animalplex.com or emotionalsupportanimalcenter.com for more information on how to obtain a letter to present as well as answering questions regarding immunizations and FAQ’s. „We at AnimalPlex care about our readers and our furry and fuzzy friends.  I, as a writer, bring my cat to work every day with me and he softens the office.  Anderson Pooper was a foster cat that a lady named Heda introduced me to a few months ago.  Learning about the ESA, I know now that the next time I fly, I can easily get a letter for Andy to board the plane with me.”

For more information:

Jody Shelton, Universal Media Group
Office: 214.347.7803
jody@umgad.com

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Animalplex.com Puts Your Beloved Pet on the Plane

DALLAS, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Flying can be a scary experience for some, however, today there are newly confident people conquering their fears with their Emotion Support Animal in tow.  This has become a trend that is supported by the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and psychiatrists around the United States.  Americans over the past several years have taken advantage of service dogs due to physical and mental disabilities taking them to establishments like restaurants and stores as well as on public transportation.

A letter is needed from a psychiatrist stating that a person has a mental disability and has been recommended to carry an ESA animal on board flights across the country. DMV-IV disorders include learning disorders, motor skills disorders, communication disorder, developmental disorder, ADD or disruptive behavior disorder, dementia, cognitive disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

With an ESA letter, it’s possible to see other sorts of animals in public places.  Hollis Gillespie, a former flight attendant stated, “You get on an aircraft and the cabin looks like a barnyard.”  She says she has seen snakes, birds and pigs. “Often it’s about the money, because one way to travel with a pet on some airlines can be up to $600, depending on the size of the animal.”

Go to animalplex.com or emotionalsupportanimalcenter.com for more information on how to obtain a letter to present as well as answering questions regarding immunizations and FAQ’s. “We at AnimalPlex care about our readers and our furry and fuzzy friends.  I, as a writer, bring my cat to work every day with me and he softens the office.  Anderson Pooper was a foster cat that a lady named Heda introduced me to a few months ago.  Learning about the ESA, I know now that the next time I fly, I can easily get a letter for Andy to board the plane with me.”

For more information:

Jody Shelton, Universal Media Group
Office: 214.347.7803
jody@umgad.com

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Problems with Galileo navigation system

ESA reported first problems with functioning their navigation system. Issues spotted already in 2017 are first serious problems since announcing start of Galileo Initial Services by European Commission on 15 December 2016.

According to ESA, which coordinates and operates Galileo, at least four from eighteen satellites from present constellation of Galileo are affected with problem. Defect affects onboard atomic clocks – each  satellite is equipped with four atomic clocks. Ten clocks were reported as not working , one managed to restart and at the present moment is operating normally. Problem appeared in the half of January 2017.

Devices affected with problem are both Hydrogen Masers (6 units) and Rubidium clocks (3 units) installed inside two different types of satellites.  In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites by Airbus and Thales Alenia and

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El grupo de soul Chicano Batman crea una versión de la icónica canción americana „This Land Is Your Land” para la campaña Keep Walking America de Johnnie Walker

NUEVA YORK, 19 de enero de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Como parte de la nueva campaña de mercadeo Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker, la marca líder mundial de whisky escocés, ha unido fuerzas con el grupo musical de Los Ángeles, Chicano Batman, para lanzar una versión completamente nueva de la icónica canción americana „This Land Is Your Land”, junto con un video bastante inspirador.  

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Johnnie Walker utilizó la letra de la poderosa canción de Woody Guthrie por primera vez en un comercial de :60 que salió al aire en televisión nacional en noviembre de 2016, durante el lanzamiento de la campaña Keep Walking America, la cual promueve el progreso cultural y celebra la diversidad que existe en los Estados Unidos. Chicano Batman y Johnnie Walker le dieron un toque fresco y lleno de energía a este tema clásico para comunicarle a una nueva generación de americanos el mismo mensaje de positividad, oportunidad y unión que promueve la canción original.

El video musical de la canción, creado por Anomaly y dirigido por Ghost + Cow de ALLDAYEVERYDAY Production, lleva a las personas a la comunidad local de Chicano Batman en Los Ángeles, para mostrar las diferentes culturas que han influenciado al grupo y que representan la nueva cara de los Estados Unidos. El video musical se puede ver en la página de YouTube de la marca.

Tener la oportunidad de asociarnos con Johnnie Walker para crear nuestra propia versión de una canción tan icónica es un honor y un gran logro en nuestra carrera”, comentó Bardo Martínez, vocalista de Chicano Batman. „El mensaje de esta canción es muy relevante y esperamos que nuestra versión continúe inspirando a la gente a seguir caminando y luchando por sus sueños y a celebrarse los unos a los otros”.

La música y el estilo de Chicano Batman están influenciados en gran parte por la comunidad latina en la que crecieron dentro de los Estados Unidos. Los cuatro integrantes del grupo, conocidos por mezclar ritmos tropicales brasileños con sonidos de soul psicodélico de principios de los ’70 y pop romántico, siempre se han mantenido fieles a su herencia cultural y a sus raíces latinas. Con una fuerte historia de progreso personal, el grupo ha logrado ganarse espacios en algunas de las giras y escenarios musicales más grandes, manteniendo siempre su herencia e identidad cultural.

„Estamos muy emocionados de asociarnos con músicos tan talentosos y apasionados”, comentó ­­­­­

Stephanie Jacoby, vicepresidente de Johnnie Walker Norte America. „‚This Land Is Your Land’ ha inspirado cambios positivos durante los últimos 70 años, y la interpretación de Chicano Batman será igual de poderosa y relevante para futuras generaciones”.

Johnnie Walker se enorgullece de seguir promoviendo la diversidad cultural y de continuar apoyando historias poderosas de progreso personal alrededor del mundo a través de esta reciente extensión de la campaña Keep Walking America. Pero el progreso viene con responsabilidad, así que la marca le recuerda a todas las personas que celebren „This Land Is Your Land” responsablemente.

Acerca de Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker es la marca de whisky escocés número uno en ventas en todo el mundo y representa la idea de progreso personal para muchas personas que lo disfrutan en más de 180 países en todo el mundo. John Walker fue un pionero en mezclas cuando fundó su negocio en 1820 y nunca miró hacia atrás. Lo que comenzó como un whisky escocés de creación propia se convirtió en un icono mundial de estilo. Es esa misma perspectiva del futuro lo que hoy impulsa a la marca y a sus consumidores. El portafolio en EE.UU. de reconocidos whiskies incluye: Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label y Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

Para más información, visita www.johnniewalker.com o sigue a @JohnnieWalkerUS en Facebook y Twitter. #KeepWalking

Acerca de Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman se creó en Los Ángeles por cuatro jóvenes que visten trajes formales vintage, mezclan ritmos tropicales brasileños con sonidos de soul psicodélico de los ’70 y pop romántico y tocan canciones de grupos como Los Ángeles Negros. La mezcla psych-soul-funk-latino y rock n’ roll del grupo se ha ganado un lugar en giras musicales con Jack White y los Alabama Shakes, han pisado escenarios en Coachella y han sido elogiados por Rolling StoneLA TimesEntertainment Weekly, NPRThe New York Times,  Under The Radar Noisey. Ahora, están dando a conocer su mensaje más impactante hasta la fecha con el lanzamiento este 3 de marzo de Freedom is Free, su tercer LP y debut con ATO Records. The Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) es responsable de producir el primer plano del álbum y de los elementos de soul y R&B del sonido actual del grupo y realmente captura la energía en vivo de Chicano Batman, convirtiendo en realidad sus metas estéticas.

Acerca de Diageo

Diageo es un líder global de bebidas alcohólicas con una extraordinaria colección de marcas que incluyen los whiskies Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit y Buchanan’s, las vodkas Smirnoff, Cîroc y Ketel One y Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray y Guinness.

Diageo cotiza tanto en la bolsa de Nueva York (New York Stock Exchange, DEO) como en la bolsa de Londres (London Stock Exchange, DGE) y nuestros productos se venden en más de 180 países de todo el mundo. Para más información sobre Diageo, nuestra gente, nuestras marcas y  nuestro desempeño, visita www.diageo.com. Para el recurso global de Diageo que promueve el consume responsable a través de herramientas, información e iniciativas, visita DRINKiQ.com.

Síguenos en Twitter para obtener noticias e información acerca de Diageo en Norteamérica: @Diageo_NA.

Celebrando la vida,  cada día y en todas partes.

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Claudie Haigneré, first female astronaut to chair Jury of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Essay and poster winners to be announced on 7 February in Lagos, Nigeria

Johannesburg, Lagos, Paris, 19 January 2016 – Nearly 6,000 secondary school students have entered the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition since it was established by Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa in 2011. The sixth edition shows sustained interest from African learners aged 14 to 19, adding fresh impetus to the mission shared by MultiChoice and Eutelsat to encourage young minds to positively change their world via innovative thinking in science and technology.

The essay, poster winners and runners-up of this year’s edition will be revealed at a ceremony to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on 7 February.

Leading female astronaut to chair Jury for the first time

A former astronaut and French Minister, now special advisor to European Space Agency’s (ESA) Director General, Claudie Haigneré has accepted to chair the prestigious Jury of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. It is the first time a woman takes on this assignment, acting as a strong incentive for students dreaming big, especially young women, to live up to their full potential.

Claudie Haigneré will preside over an international panel of skilled industry experts, alongside government and academic world members: Ronke Bello, CEO at Innovative Technology Literacy Services Ltd (Nigeria), Rodney Benn, Regional Director for Africa at Eutelsat, Melt Loubser, GM: Broadcast Technology MultiChoice Africa, Elizabeth Ohene, journalist and former Minister of State to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (Ghana), Prof. Stephen Simukanga, Former University of Zambia Chancellor and now Director General of the Higher Education Authority, John Ugbe, Managing Director: MultiChoice Nigeria and Jenerali Ulimwengu, well known writer, columnist and lawyer (Tanzania).

Paving the way for Africa’s bright future

High-standards of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation will guide the jury’s decision on the best essay and poster. This year’s topic pushed students to envision the role played by satellite technology in the Africa of the future.

The academic and career paths of previous winners prove that embracing science and technology fields is a source of inspiration that can unlock opportunities for Africa. To name a few, 2014 Zimbabwean essay winner Joseph Mahiya is currently enrolled in a programme run by the Mastercard Foundation. The scholarship is for an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with Software Engineering as well as Electrical Engineering starting August 2017 at West Virginia University in the USA. Eva Chemgorem, the 2012 poster winner is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Daystar University, Nairobi and will soon pursue a minor in International Relations. She hopes to use her education to shape policy and economic development in Kenya and the rest of world.

Who will follow in their footsteps? Next winners to be revealed on 7 February!

About the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

In 2010 MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat combined their expertise to initiate an annual pan-African student competition called the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards encourages 14-19 year-old students to write an essay or design a poster on a satellite-related topic. Country winners from across Africa then compete in the overall awards for a trip to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket launch. Runners-up win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek. Schools attended by the overall winners also receive a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet. Winners at national levels win prizes such as computers or tablets.

More on Claudie Haigneré

Now special advisor to ESA’s Director General, Claudie Haigneré began her career in the medical field as a renowned rheumatologist and researcher in biomechanics and physiology of movement. After a PhD thesis in neurology, she joined the European astronaut programme and flew on Russia’s Mir space station for 16 days in 1996. In 2001, she went back into space and was the first European woman to fly on the ISS (International Space Station). From 2002 to 2004, she was Minister delegate for Research and New Technologies in the French government, and became Minister delegate for European Affairs the following year.

Since then she has also been an administrator of Universcience (representing the Palais de la Découverte and the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris), in addition to her activities for ESA.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

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Online course on human spaceflight with ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang

Fuglesang during his second spacewalk

Christer Fuglesang during his second spacewalk

Online course on human spaceflight with ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang

19 January 2017

Christer Fuglesang, a veteran of five spacewalks and a professor of particle physics, will present a five-week online course on human spaceflight beginning on 23 January.

Fuglesang prepares for spacewalk

Christer Fuglesang prepares for his first spacewalk

The course is available to all to follow on aspects of human spaceflight such as the environmental, medical and technical challenges of space travel, offering a broad overview of spaceflight from research to social and political aspects and looking to the future.

Christer says: “Human spaceflight is extremely inspiring and involves much more than the few lucky astronauts who go to space.

“Enrol now if you are curious about spaceflight or want a better understanding of the subject.”

The course is offered for free online with weekly tests and a final exam. A certified diploma is available if you pass the tests for a fee.

The course is offered by the Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with ESA. 

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Teaching assistant Agnes Gårdebäck

Christer earned a PhD from Stockholm University in 1987 in particle physics and worked at CERN from 1988 to 1991.

He flew on two missions with the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station in 2006 and 2009, participating in five spacewalks.
 
Between 2010 and 2013 he was the Head of the Science and Applications Division of ESA’s Human Spaceflight directorate.

Sign up for the course on the KTH website. 

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U.S. Video Game Industry Generates $30.4 Billion in Revenue for 2016

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. computer and video game industry generated $30.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to new data released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the NPD Group. This total consumer spend figure includes revenues from all hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases. This is an increase in total consumer spend from reported 2015 sales, which were at $30.2 billion.

“2016 was another enormous year for the interactive entertainment industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry. “The industry’s innovative genius and ability to engage and delight billions of gamers worldwide delivered another record performance. Congratulations to the developers, storytellers, creators, and investors who defined the leaderboard for entertainment.”

Separately, ESA highlighted that video game software revenue grew 6 percent from the 2015 level. In 2016, video game software revenue, which includes physical packaged goods, mobile games, downloadable content, subscriptions, and other revenue streams, reached $24.5 billion—up from 23.2 billion in 2015.

In 2016, virtual reality systems like the Sony PlayStation VR, Vive, and Oculus Rift reached the mass market to consumer interest. The release of Pokémon Go became a cultural phenomenon on mobile, while the later release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on portable gaming devices achieved the highest launch month consumer spend in the history of the franchise, according to NPD. Blockbusters like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and Tom Clancy’s The Division drove consumer spend on console platforms. Finally, the PC platform was the most diverse and dynamic of all growth platforms, with a record number of titles reaching PC gamers in 2016.

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable and digital console segments,” said Mat Piscatella, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content. No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”

The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors, providing tens of thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.

ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property, and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global content protection program, owning and operating E3 and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit ESA’s website or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.