Game designer, author, and professor Jesse Schell will receive the very first Game Changer Award during the Games for Change Awards Ceremony on June 10 in New York City. This year marks the ten year anniversary of the annual event dedicated to the positive social impact of games. Schell is an award-winning game designer, and author of the Front Line Award-winning book The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. He is also the CEO of Schell Games, and Distinguished Professor at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition to receiving the Game Changer Award, Schell is also one of six Gaming Thought Leaders invited to provide a Keynote during the Festival. He will also unveil the first look at two of his newest games: Lexica, an immersive game world focused on getting students to read more, and Mukashi Mukashi, a syntax and story-telling game based on Japanese folklore. Both Lexica and Mukashi Mukashi are among the first games in the slate to be released in 2014 by Amplify, an independent subsidiary of News Corporation dedicated to reimagining K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower students, teachers and parents in new ways. (Both sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 18th.)
Schell Games is also sponsoring an initiative called Game Designers of Tomorrow, which gives 100 students discounted admission to the Games for Change Festival. Game Designers of Tomorrow also invites ten universities to provide complimentary access to two game design students who exhibit a passion in gaming, as well as potential for advancing social impact.
You can find out more about this year's event by visiting www.gamesforchange.org.