Today Mojang, the Nobel Peace Center, and Games for Change unveiled a new Minecraft map and immersive learning experience that brings four new Nobel Peace laureates into the world of Minecraft to share their remarkable stories about avoiding and mitigating conflict. Called “Peace Builders,” the map and experience are available today at no additional cost in the Minecraft: Education Edition in-game lesson library, as well as for Bedrock players in the Minecraft Marketplace. New laureates and stories include:
- Jody Williams is an American political activist from Vermont who led the International Campaign Against Landmines and worked to reach an agreement banning their use. Players will travel to a minefield in Cambodia, where they’ll help her clear a path to a farm for the local villagers.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu used non-violent methods to end oppression and racial segregation in South Africa. Players will participate in a rally where they’ll experience a peaceful protest.
- Carl von Ossietzky, a German journalist during World War II exposed the Nazis’ breach of international agreements and alert the world that Germany was preparing for war. Players will gather evidence by using the in-game camera to take photos.
- The UN Refugee Agency has been helping refugees around the world for more than 70 years. In this experience, players will rescue people trapped in wreckage after an earthquake.
“Peace Builders” is the second content pack built for Minecraft in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center and Games for Change; quotes from all three parties for use in any coverage you’re planning are included below. For more information on the experience and these partnerships, please visit today’s Minecraft: Education Edition blog.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to once again partner with Minecraft Education and Games for Change to promote peace and democratic citizenship among the world’s youth. In a world of unrest, we are very happy that Peace Builders is an exciting gaming experience that can bring the solutions and engaging stories of the Peace Prize laureates to a young, worldwide audience on a platform they know and love.” — Kjersti Fløgstad, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center
“Peace Builders is a perfect example of what’s possible when we bring together game creators and social innovators to drive real-world impact. Games for Change is thrilled to support this ground-breaking
collaboration where students will learn the importance of democracy and peace-building through the power of play.” – Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change
“Minecraft: Education Edition encourages learners to explore real-world issues through immersive and imaginative worlds. We’re excited to launch ‘Peace Builders’ in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center to inspire millions of students across the globe to become change agents and help build a better world.” – Allison Matthews, Head of Minecraft Education