Tencent Calls on SEA Students to Act on Climate Change
Invitation to join ‘Green Game Jam for Youth’ competition themed on forest restoration and ocean conservation
Tencent, through TiMi Studio Group (TiMi) and Tencent Institute of Games, today announced that it is hosting Green Game Jam for Youth, a global online competition inspired by the broader Green Game Jam, organised by the United Nations (UN) -facilitated initiative, the Playing for the Planet Alliance, of which TiMi Studio Group has been a member since March 2021.
The Green Game Jam for Youth is aimed at university students, challenging them to create games with environment-focused elements or themes. The youth competition is also bringing together the biggest names in video games across mobile, console and PC to educate and empower millions of players to act for nature.
“The Green Game Jam for Youth represents Tencent’s corporate social responsibility, using games to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of protecting our planet,” said Krittee Manoleehagul, vice president of Tencent Cloud International for Southeast Asia. “We are committed to leveraging tech for good and creating sustainable innovations for social value for the community. This competition will both motivate the next generation of gaming developers in the Southeast Asia to be climate-conscious and offer the tools and knowledge to raise environmental awareness through technology.”
Games have the power to raise awareness among billions of people across the globe about environmental conservation and restoration. They can also educate about the actions and solutions needed to strengthen our response towards the threats of climate change.
To that end, Tencent is partnering with several universities in Southeast Asia to encourage their students to join Green Game Jam for Youth and promote environmental solutions needed to make the world a better place. Universities taking part include Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation in Malaysia, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and DigiPen Institute of Technology in Singapore Bangkok University, Dhurakij Pundit University and Mahidol University in Thailand, Universitas Indonesia and Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia, with more to come.
The youth competition aims to engage with students at over 300 universities across China, North America and Southeast Asia. Competitors in the youth challenge will get guidance on games development and adopting effective strategies to promote environmental responsibility via online webinars and courses from the Tencent Institute of Games and other mentors in the gaming industry.
Winners will receive awards and cash prizes, including US$10,000 for “Gold,” US$3,000 for “Silver,” US$1,000 for “Bronze” and a US$500 prize for the “Honorary” fourth-place finisher. The result of the competition will be shared to the world in November during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
The competition is now open for entry through TiMi’s website at https://www.timistudios.com/green-game-jam-for-youth/, until July 30.