Kaz Hirai is ESA's Nite to Unite honoree

Kaz Hirai is ESA's Nite to Unite honoree
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

October 3rd 2013 at 7:30AM

PlayStation frontman to headline this year's charity gala

The ESA has selected Kazuo Hirai as its 2013 Chamion Honoree at this year's “Nite to Unite – for Kids” gala.

The Sony executive is one of the most recognizable names in the industry as one of the key minds behind Sony's PlayStation series of consoles and cementing the brand as one of the most powerful in games.

Kaz Hirai has made an indelible mark on the video game world. His leadership and vision are hallmarks of our industry’s creativity and innovation,” said ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher.

“We are grateful for his contributions to the consumer electronics and digital entertainment industries and we look forward to the many future innovations and magical experiences that Sony will deliver under Kaz’s direction.”

Nite to Unite is an annual gala thrown by the ESAF, the ESA's philanthropic arm, and is dedicated to raising cash for college scholarships and grants for organizations that create opportunities for kids.

“I’m extremely honored to be recognized by the ESA,” said Hirai.

“The ESA has proven to be an invaluable partner in helping to create a vibrant, dynamic gaming industry that promotes fun and inspiring experiences for people everywhere. Being a part of the gaming world for the past 18 years, where I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the most creative and brilliant people across the globe, has been one of the most rewarding periods of my career.”

Nite to Unite is scheduled for October 23rd in San Francisco.