Events & Convenings

Games for Changes hosts multiple events and activations throughout the year that bring together all facets of the video game and immersive media industries. Check out some of our core events and a full calendar below!

Games for Change Festival

The Annual Games for Change Festival is the largest industry-facing event for social impact games globally. The 2020 and 2021 Festivals reached 10,000+ attendees from cross-sector groups on a global stage delivered in an accessible, virtual format. 

The G4C Festival includes diverse and interdisciplinary programming tracks that explore Games for Learning, Health & Wellness, Civic & Social Issues, and XR for Change through a series of panels, workshops, and hands-on arcades. The G4C Festival also hosts the G4C Awards, featuring a live ceremony and games showcase to celebrate the best and brightest game creators and studios working to change the world.

Join our global community of developers, educators, researchers, innovators to explore the past year in social impact games and immersive media.

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Talk & Plays

Talk & Play events combine G4C’s expertise in curating insightful panel discussions around a social issue, book, or game launch. Events are accessible online and in-person and have been hosted at the New York Public Library, YouTube Space LA, Microsoft, and Steelcase. Since 2020, G4C has presented a collection of virtual Talk & Play events centering on pertinent issues relating to mental health, DEI topics, and the real-world implementations and impact of XR.

Recent Talk & Plays

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Arcades

Games for Change Arcades bring the work of change-making game developers to new audiences in unexpected contexts. In partnership with cultural institutions, conferences, companies, and more, G4C produces interactive showcases that represent the best social impact and learning games on the market today from major developers and independent creators alike. Arcades can scale from in-school or library pop-up events to elaborate installations in museums or large outdoor convenings. Past Arcades have taken place at the Tribeca Film Festival,  PlayNYC, Washington Post, Youthful Festival, Upswell, and many other gatherings.

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