Often associated with antisocial behaviors like violence and aggression, video games are not typically viewed as vehicles for positive social change.
A Cleveland entrepreneur is among a pioneering contingent of game developers seeking to change that narrative.
Justin Bastian is founder and CEO of Cleveland-based Socent Studios, a 4-year-old digital production startup that aims to mobilize players into joining the fight for conflict-free consumer electronics. Bastian said his video game — tentatively titled “The Deadliest War: A World Game of Peace” — is “production-ready” and will educate gamers on the link between conflict minerals found in their tech gadgets and the brutal war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Judy Stringer.
Originally published February 29, 2020.