Ubisoft's Guillemot Is The 2009 ESA Champion

The ESA Foundation's annual Nite to Unite for Kids charity event takes place next month, with Ubisoft chairman and CEO Yves Guillemot receiving top honors as a video game industry visionary.

The Nite to Unite for Kids is an annual event presented by the Entertainment Software Association and hosted by the ESA Foundation that raises money for children's charities. It's also a night to celebrate gaming luminaries like Shigeru Miyamoto, Howard Lincoln, Ken Kutaragi, and George Lucas. Now Yves Guillemot joins their ranks. ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher explains why.

"Yves saw the potential of computer and video games long before most and worked diligently to translate that vision into reality. His company, whose name is derived from ‘ubiquity' in reference to their ambition to make games worldwide, has not only achieved that goal but surpassed it."

Since 1999, the Nite to Unite for Kids event has raised more than $11 million for children's charities. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, October 13th at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. For more information, visit the event's official web page.