The following was sent as a press release to Inven Global.
The Game Awards, the video game industry’s annual year-end celebration, has revealed its third-annual Future Class list, composed of 50 talented individuals around the world who represent the bright, bold and inclusive future of video games.
The Game Awards Future Class features a diverse group of builders, thinkers and dreamers whose voices elevate and diversify the artform of gaming and whose passion makes the industry stronger. With roles ranging from game developers to founders to artists and more, this prestigious group of individuals includes:
Anna C. Webster
Florence Smith Nicholls
Jess E. Tompkins
Leon Y. Xiao
Maah G. Lopez
Paula Angela Escuadra
The Game Awards Future Class was established in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to create a space where up-and-coming, like-minded people in the games industry could connect, grow and celebrate their achievements together. The initiative is headed by Emily Bouchoc, Director of Future Class and Jessie Kuse, Internal Communications Manager. Through the program, Future Class members are invited to connect and share insights in the Future Class Discord channel, and are provided with mentorship opportunities to foster and grow their talents. There are also special Future Class projects and newsletters available to the members.
You can meet and learn more about The Game Awards Future Class now at https://thegameawards.com/
“Since we started The Game Awards Future Class in 2020, we’ve received an incredible amount of support from the games industry at large in uplifting its up-and-coming innovators,” said Emily Bouchoc, Director of Future Class. “This year alone, we received over 2,500 entries from the talented members of this community - a true marker of how many talented young people we have working among us. We hope to foster connections among these inspiring individuals for many years to come and celebrate their achievements.”
To commemorate The Game Awards 2022 Future Class, The Game Awards partnered with Australian-based artist Tahlia Stanton to commission “Hope Lives On,” a painting representing the passion and perseverance of these future games industry leaders.
The Game Awards 2022 Future Class members will be honored during the live, in-person event on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT. The Game Awards will air as a free global 4K UHD livestream across more than 40 global video, social and gaming platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Steam, Facebook, TikTok Live, and for the first time ever, Instagram Live.
“The Game Awards has always severed as a place to celebrate the games, creatives and the communities that are pushing the industry forward, and we’re thrilled to shine a light once more on the up-and-coming innovators who are evolving the medium,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, The Game Awards. “The Game Awards 2022 Future Class comprises 50 movers and shakers with a diverse range of specialties that are sure to change how we experience games and games-adjacent experiences in the future, and we’re proud to celebrate them.”
Produced by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards is one of the widest distributed digital events on the planet, with a record setting 85 million livestreams in 2021. The Game Awards’ 9th annual production will bring together game industry creators, esports champions, digital influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive game world premieres, announcements and musical performances, including the return of The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by acclaimed composer Lorne Balfe.