• James Kinch

Games For Change Festival Unveils 2021 Award Finalists

Games for Change (C4C) announced yesterday its finalists for its 18th annual festival. They will honour Niantic, Games Done Quick, and Mark Barlet of the AbleGamers Foundation for their Impact and Support of the Gaming Industry.

"It is an honor to receive this award from Games for Change," said Games Done Quick founder Mike Uyama. "Ever since Games Done Quick started in my mom's basement back in 2010, I would have never imagined we would raise over 30 million dollars for a variety of great causes. We are humbled to receive this award, and it is all thanks to so many people who help make this event possible: the speedrunning community, runners, volunteers, viewers, and donors who contribute to our events."

“Games for Change has always held a special place in my social calendar," says Founder of AbleGamers, Mark Barlet. "I have made life-changing connections with amazing people that have permanently moved the needle in making the world a better place. I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Vanguard Award. To be recognized by such a fantastic organization means so much to me and the AbleGamers’ mission of enabling play to combat social isolation to improve the lives of people with disabilities.“

There were over 200 submissions for games over six categories and a group of 65 game developers, researchers and experts reviewed the games and selected the finalists. Game entries came from established AAA studios, indie developers, and university-level students, exemplifying this year’s G4C Festival themes of imagining, igniting, and inspiring the future of social impact.

To see the finalists, please click here.

The Games For Change Awards will be streamed at 7:30 pm EDT on July 12, 2021, as part of the virtual, three-day Games For Change Festival, July 12 - 14. Click here to register for free and attend the 2021 G4C Virtual Festival.