Welcome to Game Changers – where young people take the lead in shaping safer gaming spaces!

Game Changers is a co-design project with and for young people. The aim of Game Changers is to create innovative solutions addressing the risks of far-right extremism and online hate in gaming spaces for young people. Through a comprehensive co-design process, we’re bringing together gamers and youth to brainstorm, create and implement solutions that resonate with their experiences and needs. By amplifying  gamer-led and youth-led initiatives, we aim to foster safer and more inclusive gaming communities in their local networks. 

But ‘Game Changers’ is more than just addressing problems. We’re all about building positive narratives and solutions that promote belonging and sociability through gaming.

The project’s overall aim is to empower young people to become game changers in their own gaming spaces! By providing them with the tools, resources and support they need, we’re turning gamers into ‘Game Changers’ – champions of inclusivity, diversity and respect in the gaming world.

The project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Safe and Together Community Grants Program. This support allows us to amplify our impact and reach even more young people.

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Why is this project important?

It is no secret that a lot of young people spend countless hours gaming and in online gaming spaces. 

Research shows that young people can gain significant benefits from gaming with regards to wellbeing, social networks, community building and soft skills, including teamwork, leadership, self-regulation and communication skills. 

However, gaming also comes with risks for young people. In gaming spaces young people interact with a broad range of players, who are often anonymous. Many young people have noted their experience of bullying, abuse, hate and discrimination in online gaming spaces. Gaming spaces have also become a place where young people are exposed to a range of ideas and narratives that can be divisive, hateful and even violent, including racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. 

Several organisations have issued warnings, including the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN) and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, which launched a report in late 2022 that found that over 80% of respondents had encountered some violent or hateful content in online gaming spaces.

Our Game Changers program aims to address the early stages of engagement with hateful or extremist narratives and ideas of young people on gaming platforms. At All Together Now we believe that the best way to prevent the risks of gaming for young people (e.g. abuse, bullying, extremism) is to highlight and strengthen the positives and to empower young voices in the gaming community who can drive change.

Our co-design project will aim to do just that, working with young people who are keen to be leaders in this space and change things for the better!

About the Project

Our project is dedicated to creating safer gaming spaces for young people aged 14-21! We are currently in the consultation and planning phase, gearing up for co-design sessions planned for September 2024. This is your opportunity to be a part of something innovative and exciting!

Our mission is to tackle online hate, extremism and bullying within gaming communities across the following LGAs in Sydney:

  • Strathfield 
  • Burwood
  • Ashfield
  • Leichhardt
  • Marrickville 
  • Sydenham
  • Petersham

What to Expect

  • Co-Design Sessions: Planned for September 2024, these sessions will empower you to shape the future of gaming spaces. Your voice matters, and together, we’ll brainstorm new ideas and strategies to combat online hate, extremism and bullying in gaming spaces.
  • Real Impact: Your ideas won’t just stay on paper. We’re committed to implementing the solutions we develop in the real world, making a tangible difference in gaming communities.
  • Empowerment: This is your chance to have a say in creating safer, more inclusive gaming environments. Join us and be part of a movement for positive change in the gaming industry.

Who should join?

If you are a young person (14 – 21 years old), an online gamer, or a teacher, youth worker, school or youth service, and you want to find out more about the program, please reach out to us via the contact form below!

Getting involved

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in gaming spaces for young people.

Together, let’s build a safer and more welcoming community for all gamers!

Discover more about the Game Changers program or express your interest in participating by contacting us through the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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