The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have confirmed they are adding video games to their Media Awards.
The organisation broke the news over on their awards website. The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognise various media for their fair, accurate and honest portrayal of the LGBTQ community. Now on their 30th anniversary, they will recognise the field of video games.
Given to a video game with outstanding LGBTQ-inclusive content. Award is given for an interactive experience that includes authentic and impactful LGBTQ characters or storylines. Judging will take into consideration the degree to which the LGBTQ-inclusive content is effectively woven into gameplay, including player agency and the world itself.
GLAAD also recognise comic books and have done so since 1992. Past winners include titles like Lumberjanes (2016), Young Avengers (2006 / 2014) and The Flash (1992).
There are, like other awards, eligibility factors for nominations including the fact that the game “… must contain LGBTQ-inclusive content that is revealed either in the game itself or through official canon by means of alternate media”.
Nominations for the video game and all other categories are currently open with submissions closing late November. For more information check out the official GLAAD Media Awards website here.
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