Games will be in abundance during the 10th Anniversary Festival, including presentations of nominees for the Games for Change Awards, exhibitions by Guest Curators, original commissions and presentations of select finalists for the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

To see press release and list of Nominating Panel members, please click here.
Award Nominee Categories
  • Most Significant Impact
    Games targeted at a specific social issue with proven actions and outcomes.
  • Best Gameplay
    Games providing highly compelling and engaging game play. Game mechanics aligned with and reinforce social issue goals. Polished in design, functionality, and thematic execution.
  • Most Innovative
    Games excelling in creativity and aspiring to bring new ideas into "games for change" - whether through unique game design, technology, or audiences. Creatively and technically experimenting in a manner that may pave new ways.
  • Demo Spotlight
    Demo Spotlight offers game developers an opportunity to present projects currently in progress to an open panel and the festival audience for feedback.
  • Curated
    Exhibitions throughout the venue presented by Guest Curators.
  • Commissioned
    Site specific games designed exclusively for the Games for Change Festival.
  • National STEM Video Game Challenge
    The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning among America's youth by tapping into their interest in video games. This is a program of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media in partnership with sponsors AMD Foundation, Microsoft XBOX 360, the Entertainment Software Association, Institute of Museum and Library Service, and Hive NYC.