The 2024 Games for Change Awards honored ten games across 16 categories, including Best in Learning, Best in Environmental Impact, and the Industry Leadership Award.

Games for Change highlights, empowers, funds, and recognizes games and media that work to make the world a better place.

Here are the 12th annual Games for Change winners:

Stay Alive, My Son Chapter 1 & 2 (UME Studios)

Game of the Year, Best in Impact, Best Narrative

Blending immersive virtual reality with cinematic storytelling and actors, players guide protagonist Yathay Pin through an emotional journey of redemption.

Headlines and High Water (Field Day Lab)

Best in Civics, Best in Learning

A text-based adventure designed for middle-grade classrooms, players take on the role of a journalist writing news stories about a major flood disaster.

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (Summerfall Games)

Best in Innovation

A narrative-focused and music-rich murder-mystery in a modern world of hidden Greek gods.

A Highland Song (Inkle)

Best Gameplay

A side-scrolling adventure starring young woman Moira as she crosses the Scottish Highlands.

The Plastic Pipeline (FableVision)

Best in Environmental Impact

An educational browser game that follows the journey of single-use plastic, and how it affects the environment.

Soul Paint (Hasumi & Monobanda)

Best in Health & Wellness

A VR experience where users can paint and express emotions and feelings throughout their body.

MLK: Now Is The Time (Flight School Studio, TIME Studios, Meta VR For Good)

Best in XR

Experience Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and themes of systemic inequality through first-person virtual reality.

Daybreak (CMYK)

Best Board or Tabletop Game for Impact

A cooperative board game from the designer of Pandemic, where players use near-future technologies and progressive policies to combat climate change.

This year’s awards also recognized several Special Award Recipients, including Minecraft for the Industry Leadership Award, streaming service Twitch for the G4C Giving Award, and streamer Alyssa Sweetman for the Vanguard Award.

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