Lual Mayen

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Lual Mayen
Mayen in 2021
Born (1993-11-04) 4 November 1993 (age 30)[1]
OccupationVideo game developer[3]

Lual Mayen is a South Sudanese video game developer and video game designer.[4] He was born at the Aswa refugee camp in Sudan.[2] In 1993,[5] his family relocated to a refugee camp in Uganda.[2][6][1] He was born into a family of seven.[1][7]


Mayen is the founder and CEO of Junub Games.[8][9][10][11]

During The Game Awards 2019 in Los Angeles, Mayen announced the video game Salaam ("Peace").[12][13] The game is about protecting communities.[10][14][15][16]


  • Global Gaming Citizen at 2018 Game Awards, Los Angeles.[17][18][19]
  • CNN Champions for Change 2020.[20][21]


"The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth". Aljazeera. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2020-05-27.

  1. ^ a b c Andrejev, Alex. "Once he was a refugee. Now he's a CEO making video games for peace" – via
  2. ^ a b c Mohamed Malim. "Lual Mayen: Entrepreneur, Game Developer and South Sudanese Refugee". Epimonia. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  3. ^ "Ugandan man creates video game to educate world about refugees". 13 Wham. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. ^ Emily Vaughn. "A Kid In A Refugee Camp Thought Video Games Fell From Heaven. Now He Makes Them". NPR. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  5. ^ Al-Naimi, Reem Shaddad,Jawahir. "The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Kylie Kiunguyu. "Meet Lual Mayen a South Sudanese refugee turned gaming CEO". This is Africa. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  7. ^ "Video: Gaming for good: Lual Mayen". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  8. ^ The Washington Post. "Former refugee Lual Mayen says video games like Salaam can encourage empathy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  9. ^ BBC Reporter. "Creating a video game in a refugee camp". BBC. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  10. ^ a b "Global Gaming Citizen Lual Mayen launches Kickstarter for Salaam, a game about peace". VentureBeat. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  11. ^ Andrea Rincón. "Lual Mayen creó un videojuego para mostrar la cruda realidad de los migrantes". France24. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  12. ^ Live, Washington Post. "Transcript: The Power of Play: Video Games and Esports" – via
  13. ^ "Lual Mayen Announces Salaam At The Game Awards 2019". YouTube. 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  14. ^ "2019 Game Awards live updates!". Comics Beat. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  15. ^ "A Kid In A Refugee Camp Thought Video Games Fell From Heaven. Now He Makes Them". North Country Public Radio. 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  16. ^ "The Game Awards 2019 live report". Eurogamer. 2019-12-13. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  17. ^ Fingerlakes Reporter. "Lual Mayen: A Game Developer's Inspirational Journey". Fingerlakes. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  18. ^ Takahashi, Dean (23 March 2019). "Lual Mayen: From refugee to game developer". VentureBeat. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  19. ^ Obele, Leo (6 December 2018). "The Game Awards 2019: Recognizing This Year's Global Gaming Citizens". Facebook. Archived from the original on 12 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Intellasia East Asia News - CNN's 'Tech for Good' spotlights the people using technology to empower themselves and others".
  21. ^ Ryan Bergeron. "How this man is using video games to help refugees". CNN.

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