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Ustwo's Alba wins Game of the Year at Games for Change Awards

The title also received the Most Significant Impact prize, while Lost Words: Beyond the Page won two awards as well

Ustwo Games' Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has won the coveted Game of the Year trophy at the Games for Change Awards, as well as the Most Significant Impact prize.

Ustwo's game, originally a mobile title but ported to consoles in June, focuses on a little girl's fight to preserve the wildfire of her island. For every download of Alba, Ustwo planted a tree in partnership with the organisation Ecologi.

At the time of writing, 736,565 trees had been planted thanks to the game, with Ustwo aiming to plant one million trees.

Sketchbook Games' Lost Words: Beyond the Page also won two prizes during the Games for Change Awards: Most Innovative and Best Gameplay.

The Best Learning Game award went to Gambridzy's The Wednesday and Best XR for Change Experience went to The Quadcade, a collaboration between the MICA Game Lab, the Maryland Blended Reality Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma unit. The title aims at exploring how VR games can help rehabilitate spinal cord injuries.

Here's the full list of winners of the Games for Change Awards:

  • Game of the Year, Most Significant Impact - Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Ustwo Games)
  • Most Innovative, Best Gameplay - Lost Words: Beyond the Page (Sketchbook Games)
  • Best Learning Game - The Wednesday (Gambridzy)
  • Best XR for Change Experience - Quadcade (MICA Game Lab)
  • Best Student Game - Syndesi (Syndesi Team, Produced by Léa Pernot & Adrien Daugy of Isart Digital)
  • G4C People's Choice Award - Suzerain by Torpor Games
  • Vanguard Award recipient - Mark Barlet
  • Industry Leadership Award - Niantic
  • G4C Giving Award - Games Done Quick

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