The 9th Annual Games for Change Festival took place at NYU Skirball Center from June 18-20. Each year, the festival brings the digital games industry and gaming enthusiasts together with a broader community of educators, policymakers, activists, foundations and others. Open to the public, the festival includes a Game Arcade where award-nominated games can be played, along with speakers, panels, workshops and other activities. Major support of the 9th Annual Games for Change Festival was provided by the AMD Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, and ESI Design.
Game of the Year went to Way, an online cultural bridge-builder in which two players must communicate how each uniquely sees the world in order to overcome obstacles.