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Games for Change unveils sessions on mental health, diversity, and COVID-19

Games for Change responds to time and starts programming Upcoming event This will address issues such as providing mental health for gamers and game developers, coping with COVID-19, improving access to games, and combating racial injustice.

The non-profit group, which campaigns for the power of games as a driver of social impact, presented the list of 150 speakers at the upcoming virtual event for the Games for Change Festival 2020 from July 14 to 16. The festival will include more than 100 sessions across four programs – tracks – games for learning, civics and social issues, health and wellness, and XR for Change.

"In this period of self-removal and social unrest, we are seeing a growing awareness that video games play an important role in our society, particularly in the area of ​​mental health," said Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change an email to GamesBeat. “We want to communicate through all aspects of our programming that can promote video games and immersive experiences Connection, resilience and well-being. These topics speak for some of the inherent properties of games that our organization / community has been committed to for years, although they are now shaped by the common global context of COVID-19 and the call for change in our society. "

Keynote speakers include Courtney Cogburn, who will discuss how virtual reality can promote anti-racism. and Colleen Macklin, who will talk about a collection of the best games based on diversity and inclusiveness.

Other speakers include Dan Ayoub (Microsoft), Daniel Kelley (Anti-Defamation League), Gordon Bellamy (Gay Gaming Professionals / USC), Brennan Spiegel (Cedars-Sinai Health System), Jaron Lanier (Microsoft) and Mia Tramz (Time Magazine) . , Mimi Ito (Connected Learning Lab), Chris Milk (Within), Yennie Solheim (Niantic), Katie Salen (UC Irvine), Laura Higgins (Roblox), Jesse Schell (Schell Games), Olivier Palmieri and Anthony Kozak (Ubisoft), and the youngest speaker, VR superstar Winston Matthews, who is 17 years old.

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