Games For Change Award Winners Announced
This year's awards honored Dreams, Sky: Children of Light, and Humble Bundle, among others.
Games for Change has announced the 2020 awards recipients following a virtual ceremony. The big winner was Media Molecule, but the socially conscious-focused awards gave accolades to games across several categories. This marks the 17th year for the awards, which honors game developers who strive to make a social impact through immersive media.
Media Molecule's Dreams was awarded Game of the Year along with the Most Innovative award. Sky: Children of Light was the second-most awarded game, taking home both the People's Choice award and Best Gameplay. It earned the popular award with more than 14,000 votes. Games for Change says this year's awards received more than 14 times as many votes as prior years.
Other award winners included Sea of Solitude (Most Significant Impact), Best Learning Game (Rabbids Coding), Resilience (Best Student Game), and The Holy City (Best XR For Change). The ceremony also honored Gordon Bellamy with the Vanguard Award for his work creating inclusive LGBTQ+ spaces in the gaming community, and Humble Bundle with the inaugural G4C Giving Award. Microsoft was given the Industry Leadership award.
"The 2020 Games for Change winners are redefining the boundaries of technology, empowering an ever-diversifying audience, and exemplifying what it means to use technology for good," said G4C president Susanna Pollack, in a statement. "These winning games exemplify 'play' as we know it by delivering experiences that transport us, connect us and even strengthen our inner resolve with inventive and joyful narratives and clever mechanics."
Games for Change 2020 Award Winners
- Game of the Year and Most Innovative Game: Dreams
- Best Gameplay and People’s Choice: Sky: Children of the Light
- Most Significant Impact: Sea of Solitude
- Best Learning Game: Rabbids Coding
- Best Student Game: Resilience
- Best XR for Change: The Holy City
- G4C Vanguard Award: Gordon Bellamy
- G4C Giving Award: Humble Bundle
- G4C Industry Leadership Award: Microsoft
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