We are creating a Video Game that will help reverse deforestation 

The in-game advertisements for our game will generate money to plant real trees just by playing. 

2020 Vision

The New Year bestows time for reflection, and reinvigoration. whether it's a New Years Resolution or just a New Attitude, we're willing to bet you're the sort of person who is out to change the world. Many people say New Year's Resolutions often fail because they are too lofty, and unrealistic. We're here to tell you to set your sights high, and join us in a 2020 Vision for our future! These days, so much of what we read in the news about our climate looks bleak, and we can feel powerless. Casting our vision into the future, sometimes it doesn't seem too bright -- but there is a way to make an impact! Join us, Abaca Games, and by playing 10 Degrees, you can game for good! While you immerse yourself in a gripping story and addicting play, Third Millennium Alliance will be planting trees in deforested areas -- all because you chose GAMING as your resolution. With this sort of action, it's not too lofty or unrealistic. In fact, it's as easy as booting up your game and having fun. The future looks a little brighter because you gamed-on for the globe. What's your 2020 Vision? Join us by clicking here to download the game -- the link will go live at midnight on New Year's day. Get started and tell your friends what you're doing to make the world a better place in the new year -- tell them all about YOUR 2020 Vision.

Did you know deforestation causes more carbon dioxide emissions than all world's vehicles combined? We will be partnering with Third Millennium Alliance to protect and replant these forests through our game. Go to Third Millennium Alliance´s website to learn how to contribute to tropical reforestation.
Third Millennium Alliance

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In Production: 10 Degrees

Platform: IOS and Android

A choose-your-own adventure puzzle game. Play each day and plant away. 75% of profits go to reforestation efforts by Third Millennium Alliance

You play a once-loyal employee who grows sick of her job and commits herself to break into her corporation's confidential document storage.  Locked deep within the storage are dark secrets. If you can leak these secrets it will bring justice to countless families who were irreparably harmed by it.

Gaming for Good

How is it possible to grow real forests by playing a virtual game? This can be accomplished by generating ad-revenue while playing the game! This model is proven by freerice.com which has donated nearly 1 million dollars worth of rice (that's 95 billion grains) since it started. Following this same model we are to creating a game that donates money towards tropical reforestation. As a player advances in the game they generate ad-revenue which the non-profit, Third Millennium Alliance will use to plant trees in threatened tropical forest. As they grow into towering forests these trees will help keep the only drinking source for the local community running through the dry season. By planting tropical trees in the last 2% of Coastal Ecuador's forest Third Millennium Alliance also provides essential habitat to thousands of species on the brink of extinction

About us

Chris Karounos Profile

Chris Karounos

cofounder, Creative Director

Chris is a sustainability Master's student at UM. His thesis research on tropical agroforestation inspired Abaca Games' mission to aid in tropical reforestation.

Zach Van Stanley

Zach Van Stanley

Cofounder, Head  of Research and Outreach

Zach leads the intensive research that ensures the game connects players to real science. Zach also leads the game's promotion.

Amber Renton

Amber Renton

Lead Digital Artist

Amber is the visual artist for our game 10 Degrees. She is a student at University of Michigan who has been making game art since she was the ripe age of 10.

Amber Renton

Andrew Lipian

  Lead Music Composer

Andrew is bringing his unique skill set as a classically trained singer, opera director and video game music composer to make 10 Degrees sound amazing.

Primary Mentors

Darin Stockdill

Education Advisor

Darin Stockdill is the design coordinator for the University of Michigan’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER).

Nathan Phipps

Education Advisor

Nate is managing director of the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER).

Matthew Hansen

Media Advisor

Along with Hiem Lam, Matt co-founded Huck Finch, a brand strategy agency focused on mindful brand solutions. Matt and Hiem also co-host the Life on Brand podcast.


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