Games for Change 2024 award finalists announced

A Highland Song, Jusant, Chants of Sennaar, and more have been nominated in this year's awards.
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Advocacy group Games for Change has revealed the finalists in the 2024 Games for Change Awards, an event designed to highlight the power of games as “drivers for social impact.” Each of the games nominated focuses on deep themes of identity and culture, and tells a story designed to resonate with audiences and drive conversations.

There’s games about history and its impact, current events, the need for freedom and independence, and about the impact of global warming. Inkle’s A Highland Song has received two nominations, and Australia’s own Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical has also picked up a nomination for Best in Innovation.

Games for Change has celebrated all of its nominees within its announcement, calling the response to this year’s entry callout “overwhelming.”

“[It’s] a testament to the incredible potential of games and immersive experiences to make a difference in the world,”​ Susanna Pollack, Games for Change President ​said. “From the record-breaking number of submissions to the diverse range of countries represented, it’s clear that game developers are increasingly recognising the power of their medium to tackle pressing social issues and create meaningful change.”

The annual Games for Change Awards 2024 will take place on 27 June 2024.

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Games for Change Awards 2024: Finalists

Here’s the full list of finalists for the Games for Change Awards 2024.

BEST IN INNOVATION

  • A Highland Song – inkle
  • Stay Alive, My Son Chapter 1 & 2 – Ume Studios
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical – Summerfall Studios

BEST IN CIVICS

  • We. The Refugees: Ticket to Europe – Act Zero
  • Sibel’s Journey – Food for Thought Media
  • Headlines and High Water – Field Day Lab

BEST IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • Loddlenaut – Moon Lagoon
  • Wake: Tales from the Aqualab – Field Day Learning Games
  • The Plastic Pipeline – FableVision

BEST IN HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • Teach Your Monster Adventurous Eating – Teach Your Monster
  • Sóóó Exhausting – Open Concept
  • Soulpaint – Improvive

BEST IN IMPACT

  • Headlines and High Water – Field Day Lab
  • Stay Alive, My Son Chapter 1 & 2 – UME Studios
  • American Arcadia – Out of the Blue Games

BEST IN LEARNING

  • Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis – &ranj
  • Give As We Grow – FableVision
  • Headlines and High Water – Field Day Lab

BEST IN XR

  • MLK: Now Is The Time – Flight School Studio, TIME Studios, Meta VR For Good
  • Origen – Presencias
  • Maya: The Birth of a Superhero – Just Another Production Company

BEST NARRATIVE

  • Torn Away – perelesoq
  • Stay Alive, My Son Chapter 1 & 2 – UME Studios
  • American Arcadia – Out of the Blue Games

BEST STUDENT PROJECT

  • It’s Ukraine – Not a Game – Various Students
  • Stop and Breathe – One Must Imagine Games
  • PacaPomo – Saturday Boys

BEST GAMEPLAY

  • A Highland Song – inkle
  • Chants of Sennaar – Rundisc
  • Jusant – DON’T NOD

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.