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SXSW 2021

Gamer Therapy

Traditional gaming stereotypes have become outdated. Many still associate this popular pastime with violence or suicide, but recent studies have found that people increasingly use games to build meaningful connections, open up about their feelings, and de-stress. You could say it’s a form of therapy, a way to cope with a whole new set of anxieties brought on by 2020. Join non-profit Rise Against the Disorder (RAD), prominent Esports company Skillshot, and creative agency the community to unpack how gaming and therapy can come together to create a new world of entertainment that also shifts cultural stigmas. This virtual panel will close out with a simulated play therapy session between a gamer and a licensed therapist.

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  1. How can gaming work as a force for good?
  2. How can gaming and therapy come together to create a new dialogue around mental health and wellness?
  3. What does the evolution of gaming reveal about the overall entertainment landscape and how this space is shifting?



Sebastian Markman, Growth & Partnerships, The Community

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  • Tags: Game Industry
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Transforming the Entertainment Landscape
  • Level: Intermediate
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