The annual awards show, which will be in its 30th year for 2019, will recognize video games that achieve excellence in “LBGTQ-inclusive content” in the new category, the Outstanding Video Game Award.
“Games can empower LGBTQ players with the agency to explore and express themselves safely within a virtual environment,” the representative stated. “Because this aspect is unique among entertainment media, the Outstanding Video Game category will give particular attention to submissions which present players with opportunities to actively express their LGBTQ identities within the game’s world.”
Zeke Stokes, VP of programs at GLAAD, gave a comment to Variety regarding the decision to add this new category to the media awards.
“Video games reach millions and millions of people and have the capacity to change hearts and minds with their content – or reinforce outdated stereotypes and ideas,” Stokes said. “GLAAD is working with the industry and with the gaming community to ensure that all players can see themselves represented in fair and authentic ways.”
Representation in video games is still a work in progress, but absolutely an area some developers have taken big strides in.
Still, there will be roadblocks— even just for representation in general.