Games For Change, an organization that celebrates videogames as drivers of social impact, honors a select group of games that uphold that vision at its annual Games For Change Festival. Today, the company has revealed this year’s nominees as well as announcing one more award category.
Games For Change has eight different award categories. Plus, for the first time ever, an Industry Leadership Award will be presented at the award ceremony as well. This brand-new award will be going to Ubisoft for the studio’s “long track record of developing games and initiatives for education and social good.”
In the running for Best Student Game are Prism, Healing Spaces, Rayha’s Poem, and In Loving Memory. This is one of the new categories added earlier this year. The other category added earlier this year is the Best XR in Change Experience, finalists for which will be announced in early June.
Best Gameplay could go to The Stillness of the Wind, Detroit: Become Human, GRIS, or Florence. Most Innovative could go to Tendar, One Hand Clapping, Nintendo Labo, or Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, which took the floor for a panel at last year’s Games For Change Festival.
Most Significant Impact nominees are Can’t Wait to Learn Uganda, UNICEF Kid Power, Rispek Danis, and My Memory of Us, each targeting different social issues to build awareness and other possible outcomes. And Best Learning Game could go to Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, Cards Against Calamity, The Cat in the Hat Builds That, and another game that we saw a lot of at last year’s Games For Change Festival, HoloLAB Champions.
Of course, all of these games will be considered for the Game of the Year 2019 award. This award goes to the game that “best exemplifies all categories.” Life is Strange: Before the Storm won the 2018 Game of the Year award. This year, there will also be a People’s Choice Award, which will allow the general public to vote for their top game picks from the entire nominee pool. For the first time ever, voting will be live on Facebook. Voting closes on June 10.
The awards ceremony will take place on June 18, starting at 6:30 PM EST and running to around 7:30 PM EST. It will take place, like the rest of the Festival, in the Student Center at The New School. Games For Change Festival as a whole runs from June 17 to June 19; more information on the event can be found at the event’s site. Tickets are still available at this time.