Non-profit gaming advocacy organization Games for Change is hosting their 17th Games for Change Festival virtually this year. Games for Change Festival 2020 will take place July 14-16, and is free to register.

The festival will feature over 150 experts from around the gaming industry, including keynote speakers Dr. Courtney Cogburn, who will discuss virtual reality and anti-racism, and Colleen Macklin, who will highlight the best games for diversity and inclusivity.

“Now in its 17th year, the Games for Change Festival has become a center point for striving to solve today’s most urgent problems – bringing together technologists, advocates, academics and government officials,” said Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change. “As the world grapples with a pandemic, justice, mental health and inclusivity – the Festival will explore how games and immersive media drive accessibility for all, offer alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine, tackle social injustice and create caring online communities.”

The festival is organized into four primary areas: Health & Wellness, Games for Learning, Civics & Social Issues, and XR for Change. Session topics include “Making Video Games for Autistic People,” “Gamifying Social Distancing,” and “Changing Narratives with Immersive Storytelling.”

Participants include speakers from Microsoft, Niantic, Ubisoft, Roblox, Time Magazine, and the Anti-Defamation League. The festival will also include the Games for Change Awards Ceremony.

Registration requires purchasing a free virtual ticket to allow access. The Games for Change Festival will run July 14-16.

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