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Speakers, Draft Program Up For Serious Games Conference

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Check out the more than 80 sessions, line up of speakers for Serious Play 2020! Choose sessions from any track to learn about how serious games and VR simulations are changing education and training.
Speakers will dissect programs they’ve developed, explaining the challenges, to help you understand how to choose or make a training. The conference theme, “The Evaluation, Assessment and ROI of Serious Games,” will help you understand how to selector build in the tools to understand the value of your program and more about participants.
Participate in a Make a Game Workshop. Network. Learn new skills that will advance your career and improve your organization.
This year, we’ll be at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, June 23-25. Learn more at
Take a look at the draft program here
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XR Simulation-Based Learning Products Radically Changing The Training Market

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LOS ANGELES -- Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The global market for AR, VR and Simulation-Based learning products is in the midst of profound transformation, not growing traditionally via small incremental changes to existing products annually but driven by fundamentally new types of learning products. Metaari, the dominant firm analyzing change in the learning technologies market, forecasts global revenues will surge to $15.6 billion by 2025.

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Deadline Feb. 15 For Digital Serious Game Entries In International Serious Play Awards Competition

ORLANDO -- January 15, 2020 -- Entries in the 2020 International Serious Play Awards competition for Digital Serious Games are due February 15. 

International Serious Play Awards honor outstanding commercial titles designed for use in education or training programs.

Entry categories include: Corporate/Vocational; Healthcare/Medical; Local and State Government/Military; Museum/Visitor Centers; PreK Education; K-12 Education; Higher Education; and Other.

The entry form can be found here:
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$18.66 Billion in Investment Flowed to Game-Based Learning Companies in 2019

A Record $18.66 Billion Flowed to Game-Based Learning Companies Globally in 2019
ORLANDO -- January 14, 2020 -- Investment in learning technology companies in 2019 blasted past previous highs, reaching $18.66 billion in 2019.

After 2018 surprised the industry, 2019 set another record. And in fact, investments in 2018 and 2019 combined far outstrip the total combined investments made to all ed tech companies during 20-year period between 1998 and 2017, according to serious games analyst firm, Metaari.

Across the globe, almost 900 learning technology companies reported investment. Forty-four companies received more than $100 million in funding in 2019. Of those, 17 were in the U.S. and 12 in China.

A big switch for 2019 was the steep increase in investment in corporate-facing advanced learning technology and higher education products. Investment in preK-12 and parent-facing educational software declined. 
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Serious Games Industry News Service, Business Website Launches Today

Serious Play Wire, a free news service covering new game-based products, platforms, simulations, technology and software as well as announcements about people, college game programs and analyst reports launches today.
The direct to email news feed is for anyone in the Serious Games Industry: corporate learning officers; government, military and healthcare training professionals; business consultancies; medical, nursing and pharmaceutical school faculty; instructional designers; solution providers; game developers; higher ed faculty; ed tech teachers, school administrators and curriculum designers; students interested in a career in the serious games industry; and VCs and principals of investment firms.
Serious Play Wire is the news source covering the entire Serious Games Industry.
News releases are also searchable under Military/Government, Healthcare, Business, Higher Education and K-12 tracks at
FREE SUBSCRIPTION Sign up for a free email subscription here

Thank You For Being A Part Of Our Serious Games Community In 2019

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2019 Winners Announced Today @ Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Awards Ceremony

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The seven categories of SGS&C winners were announced earlier today at the Awards Ceremony in the Innovation Pavilion (Booth 2288). Congrats to all for the superb quality of this year’s submissions!
Here are this year's winners:
Best Government Game - Chain of Command: Capture the Seas by Naval Information Warfare Command PMW-120
Best Business Game - Swibo Tilt by Swibo Ltd.
Best Student Game – SIGNAL by UC Berkeley and the Project on Nuclear Gaming
Best XR Game – VestAid Game Suite by Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Innovation Award – Earth-to-Mars: a VR Serious Game for Leadership by eLearning Studios
Students’ Choice Game – Get a Life by Game-Based Learning, K20 Center The University of Oklahoma
People’s Choice Game – Talon by U.S. Army PEO Aviation Utility Helicopter Project Office UH60