Gaming for good: Lual Mayen

ABC News’ Kenneth Moton shares the story of Lual Mayen, a former refugee turned video game developer, who turned his love for video games into an opportunity to pay it forward.
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A story of survival involving a young man who overcame what many of us would consider to be insurmountable. Obstacles from living in a refugee camp. To running his own business in Washington DC and paying it forward for so many others here's Kenneth mountain. For most of his young life 25 year old while my and spent it as a refugee. There with a time he had never even seen a computer much less a video game. Samuel funded democracy left continental just phone from and then I'm I don't know that if. That's because mine are scrambling fled south Sudan's decades long civil war in 1993. And his mother pregnant when he was born before they reach the camps in northern Uganda. It was his home for the next 22 year. It's a place where like common and is out to me it's just like being locked in and done plays. I had a lot of people think that's you know. The refugee camps a temporary place to slam when you go for thirty years and collect your country and dollars and nine I mean every 22 years. It's thinks it's a common home. Those camps technology not easily accessible one day in 2007. Money and a late either something he'd never seen before a computer. He was captivated. I came to my phenomenal thing Holland via computer and chinook Indians to a lot of things you and I. When you been doing men's there's no peninsula you can be done there's no money for you can put us to buy. There's no could easily you can join the computer and there's no. Millions of thing that actually Jose I think I was crazy well for us. And does not crazy at all defeat at planted. Myers mother secretly spent three years saving 300 dollars at the can't seem stressed too by her son its first computer. Even if you don't mind the our you don't. I made that decision because no matter what Bosnia at a time when anything from here. And I had gotten home and he was. And it's yeah money's nice he's hot and listen to this my first computer like make things more from me. With no Internet and no electricity to charge the computer my and walked three hours to and from a UN camp with a generator. A teen at the time Meyer's attention quickly turned to video games when a friend downloaded Grand Theft Auto. Outset then again though and liked to me. Some realizing that part of game. So he decided to create his own salaam which means peace and Arabic the game something differ from his daily reality of war and violence. With the player in the shoes of a refugee is keeping a war torn country Mayer's mother inspired the main character. I don't know something my mom being thrown been Janice and his aides. There's something a 1000030. Myers first audience of people in the refugee camp he uploaded it to FaceBook. It quickly went viral please take a look 26 million people watch when Mario was named a global gaming citizen at between eighteen deem it awards and Edwards positive approach to gaming machine and former MBA player and fellow south Sudanese who all being honored him with an award for achievement in representing the south Sudanese I asked. Now my and is working to bridge. The virtual world with the real world when the option of buying food in the game can actually find someone enough to come from. When combined Madison Indian Ocean maximum. Enough to come news. You open ended game you know just. Buying it kind of chaos can find someone in your life can hold and then do by just paying union. The former refugee now living in Washington DC leave his own company to new games creating a new category he calls. Gaming forget. How informed in my room because election won an annual land. And and and and give people a lot of people as an agent in nineteen you can. In the Indian and Indian ruins continuous sound Nathanson and to me I'm liking months and months. I quote. And Damon on the move from then on it was a team in game and I need to become so many innocent. Our thanks to Ken it's for that story.

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