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Lual Mayen is a South Sudanese developer and founder of Junub games, a gaming company that is dedicated to creating games that bring social change in the community. He was born in South Sudan but fled the area due to war and settled in a Northern Uganda refugee camp. While in the camp, Lual taught himself how to use computer and later developed his first peace building video game. Lual is passionate about developing and making games that help to promote peace in the community, specifically in his home country, South Sudan.
He is currently a visiting scholar at American University Game Lab. He was also recognized at the Game Awards as the "Global Gaming Citizen" by Facebook Gaming and The Game Awards for using games to bring about social change. He became 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 scholars; he is featured on BBC News, Al Jazeera News, Gamasutra, and VOA News, and he is the organizer of the first ever global game jam in South Sudan.
He is currently building a VR experience that helps a player think critically about their behavior before picking up a gun for war. The game shows the player how small behaviors and choices can have devastating and lasting consequences. The game helps the player practice and experience how to avoid the path of war and violence in resolving a conflict.