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|Session Name:||Fair Play Summit: Mission Driven Games: Developing a Better World|
|Speaker(s):||Karla Reyes, Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, Jennifer Estaris, Lual Mayen, Susanna Pollock|
|Company Name(s):||Niantic & Code Coven, DMB Crew, Ustwo Games, Junub Games, Lual Mayen Foundation, Games for Change|
|Track / Format:||Fair Play Summit|
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|Overview:||With nearly 3 billion gamers globally, game developers have a uniquely immense opportunity and responsibility to catalyse positive social impact. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the proliferation and consumption of games and compounded global societal and environmental issues to tackle. How can game developers harness the power of our platform to raise awareness about tough topics in sensitive ways and ultimately ignite change? This panel binds a diverse group of individuals aligned in a shared goal: to build a better world through games. Speakers will examine methods and approaches to achieving this goal at an industry, studio, individual and game level. They will delineate altruism vs. performative care and assess the impact of collaboration with industry partners, NGOs, charities, and international organisations. Furthermore, they will explore the potential of game jams, festivals and other programming as an avenue to galvanise industry professionals and the general public to join social movements and contribute to meaningful and lasting change.|