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Level up: How video games are changing society

The Cultural Frontline speaks to the gamers, designers and artists who are revolutionising the video game industry and trying to create a positive social change through gaming.

The Cultural Frontline speaks to the gamers, designers and artists who are revolutionising the video game industry and trying to create a positive social change through gaming.

What is life like for a professional e-sports player? Getting paid to play games all day and night may sound like a dream job, but in reality, what does it take to be an e-sports champion? The French League of Legends player Paul Boyer aka SOAZ tells The Cultural Frontline about a day in his life as an e-sports star.

Can video games help solve some of society’s biggest problems? We speak to the Brazilian games designer Thais Weiller and the Lebanese developer Reine Abbas about the social impact of their games and their experiences as women working in a male dominated industry.

We head to Yaoundé, Cameroon and speak to the developer Madiba Olivier who is working to put his company Kiro’o Games alongside the big names of the industry with a distinctly African fantasy game.

Plus has a song, a film or a video game ever changed your life? The music producer Fatima Al Qadiri shares the story of how the soundtrack to her favourite game evokes the memories of her childhood in Kuwait during the First Gulf War.

Presented by Chi Chi Izundu

Produced by Nancy Bennie, Mugabi Turya, Lucy Collingwood and William Noah Glucroft.

Image: Video game controllers. Credit: Getty Images

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