The Game Awards 2019: Recognizing this year's global gaming citizens

The Game Awards 2019: Recognizing this year’s global gaming citizens

Inspiring stories of people using the power of games to build community.

Facebook Gaming is proud to sponsor a collection of segments during The Game Awards recognizing Global Gaming Citizens. These pieces deliver inspiring stories of people using the power of games to build community and bring about positive change in the world.

After opening nominations in September, The Game Awards selection committee has chosen the following individuals to showcase during The Game Awards ceremony.

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Sadia Bashir: Mentoring women in gaming and growing the games industry in Pakistan

Sadia Bashir started the first game development school in Pakistan. She works to grow the game industry in Pakistan through her courses and conferences, and mentors other women who want to work in games.

Lual Mayen: Using games as a vehicle to promote peace

Lual Mayen is a self-taught programmer and former refugee from South Sudan. After witnessing the effects of war, he decided to make games to promote peace and conflict resolution. He distributes his games to youth in refugee camps.

Steven Spohn: advocating accessibility in gaming

Steven Spohn advocates for accessibility in games through the organization, AbleGamers. He streams from his wheelchair, consults for game developers, and works directly with other people with disabilities to help them connect with others through games.

Steven Spohn advocates for accessibility in games through the organization, AbleGamers. He streams from his wheelchair, consults for game developers, and works directly with other people with disabilities to help them connect with others through games.

Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, the Sundance Award-winning directors of Indie Game: the Movie, will help tell these stories as part of The Game Awards.

During an event showcasing creative and technical excellence in gaming, it’s important to recognize the groups and individuals working to bring about positive change through the power of games. Global Gaming Citizens connects closely to the Facebook Gaming team’s mission to help build the world’s gaming community — a place for everyone to enjoy and experience games together.