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CEA Remembers the Life of Home Video Game Inventor Ralph H. Baer

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, recognizing Ralph H. Baer, inventor of the home video game system and 2011 CE Hall of Fame honoree, who passed away Dec. 6, 2014, at the age of 92:

“Few people can claim to have invented a multi-billion dollar industry, but that is exactly what Ralph Baer did in 1966 when he created the first home video game system. Weaving together his U.S. Army experience with his television engineering degree from the American Television Institute of Technology in Chicago, Baer came up with the ingenious idea to use ordinary home TV sets for interactive gameplay. Baer is an exemplary image of innovation, holding more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents. His service to and passion for the consumer electronics industry will be missed.”

Baer was inducted into the CE Hall of Fame in 2011. Learn more about Baer and his accomplishments here.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media:


  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 4, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015 International CES
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  • CES Unveiled Tokyo
    February 18, 2015, Tokyo, Japan
  • CEA Winter Break
    March 5-8, 2015, Snowmass Village, CO
  • 2015 International CES Asia
    May 25-27, 2015, Shanghai, China


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