Game Bits: The Latest Award Results, People Can Now Apply For Diversity Program At StreamElements

The Latest Awards Results

Witch Beam’s Unpacking won Game of the Year at the 2021 Australian Game Developer Awards, one of two awards the game received.
The organizing trade group Interactive Games & Entertainment Association also awarded the Unpacking the Excellence in Accessibility Award.
‘The Artful Escape’ was the only other winner of multiple categories, winning for both Excellence in Art and Excellence in Audio.
Here is the full list of winners:

The Adam Lancman Award — Steve Wang (Wargaming Sydney)
The Raising the Bar Award — Chad Toprak (Freeplay Independent Games Festival)
The Rising Star Award — Kathleen Smart (Joy Everafter Stories)
The Rising Star Award — Ashley Van Wyngaard (Wargaming Sydney)
Studio of the Year — Black Lab Games
Game of the Year — Unpacking (Witch Beam)
Excellence in Art — The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur)
Excellence in Gameplay — Webbed (Sbug Games)
Excellence in Narrative — The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller)
Excellence in Audio — The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur)
Excellence in Accessibility — Unpacking (Witch Beam)
Excellence in Mobile Games — The Oregon Trail (Gameloft Brisbane)
Excellence in Serious Games — Sharmila (Chaos Theory Games and the World Food Programme)
Excellence in Ongoing Games — Pico Tanks (Panda Arcade)
Excellence in Emerging Games — Video World (Things for Humans)

People Can Now Apply For Diversity Program At StreamElements

StreamElements announced that applications for its 2021 Creator Diversity Program are now open.
Similar to last year’s inaugural Creator Diversity Program, the 2021 program provides marginalized content creators with live streaming resources such as tools, equipment, and mentorship.
The deadline for the Creator Diversity Program is October 22 and the company expects to support 15 applicants.
StreamElements has also hired Kacie Harold as manager of the Creator Diversity Program. Harold’s hiring is part of the company’s plan to expand the initiative.
“The Creator Diversity Program was inspired by the adversity many marginalized groups experience in the games and live streaming industry, such as harassment and limited access to guidance, gear, and support,” Harold explained.
“Professional tools, services, and mentorship will help them have a stronger foundation for advancing in a field where the odds are stacked against them.”
Starting on November 30, the Creator Diversity Program will run until October of next year.

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