|November 12th, 2020, Oxford – The winning images from games fan art competition, OneSpecialGame, go on sale today as strictly limited edition prints with all profits going to gamers charity, SpecialEffect.
The four winning images celebrate four iconic video games; Bioware’s space epic ‘Mass Effect‘, usTwo Games’ garlanded ‘Monument Valley‘, Criterion’s classic ‘Need For Speed‘ series and Eric Barone’s much adored ‘Stardew Valley‘. Only 25 hand numbered and stamped editions for each game will be on sale via eBay for Charity here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/hestep1 with all proceeds going direct to the charity.
Fans of the games will also be able to purchase posters, art prints and cards via a RedBubble store for the next six months: https://www.redbubble.com/people/OneSpecialGame with all profits going to SpecialEffect. The charity enables people with physical disabilities to benefit from the fun, inclusion and therapy that playing video games delivers and works with developers across the world to make their games more accessible to all. The charity, which has experienced an upturn in demand for their services to help disable people play video games since the first COVID-19 lockdown is incredibly grateful for all the individuals and companies involved in One Special Game.
The four prints were chosen from entries to the OneSpecialGame competition which invited artists, illustrators and fans from all over the world to submit designs based on the four games. Judged by a panel of games industry professionals, it was graphic designer Nico Vliek’s ‘Monument Valley‘ piece that walked away with the main prize.
Grand prizewinner Nico received a Wacom Cintiq 16’ tablet as a prize provided by Escape Technology. Nico said “I am thrilled by the result of the OneSpecialGame competition. SpecialEffect is a charity that means a lot to me, as I believe that games should be accessible to all people. Having seen the fantastic work with projects like the Xbox Adaptive Controller or the many other creative solutions for people with disabilities warms my heart, but also demonstrates how important this all is.”
Runners up included professional artist Drake Tsui (Mass Effect), games fan Galih Kresnawan (Need For Speed) and illustration student Phoebe Reynolds (Stardew Valley).
The industry panel that judged the competition included representation from most of the studios involved as well as artists and illustrators. Industry art legend, Double Fine’s Lee Petty, said “Video Games were a powerful inspiration for me growing up, unlocking a sense of wonder and imagination. I love SpecialEffect’s mission to bring games to players who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience those worlds and wanted to be involved.”