game devs of color, theblerdgurl, harlem, ny

If you are in New York this weekend,m you should ABSOLUTELY attend the second annual Game Devs Of Color Expo is on Saturday, June 24th at 11AM! The first of its kind to occur at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY. The event will feature panel discussions, presentations and a fully playable arcade highlighting the breadth of experiences and cultures that can be tapped by the games industry.

Panel discussions will cover all aspects of game development, with a focus toward inclusivity and amplifying the voices of those otherwise marginalized by the gaming and tech community. Featured speakers include renowned creative artist Auriea Harvey, famed musician Sammus, and indie favorites such as Kevin Chen of Nuclear Fishin’ Software. More information about the lineup can be found at http://gdocexpo.com/schedule.

The expo also will include an arcade showcasing an exciting array of the latest releases by both Expo contributors and the larger community including Ghosts of Miami by Pillow Fight Games, EXPOSURE by Brian S. Chung and GJ Lee, Liyla and the Shadows of War by Liyla’s Team, and Semblance by Nyamakop. A full list of games is available at gdocexpo.com/games.

General admission is $20, and there are $5 tickets available for low income attendees/students. Learn more and get your ticket at http://gdocexpo.com.

“Our goal, at the end of the day, is to spread the value of game development to up and coming talent, and grow the community as a whole through highlighting the value of games as culture.” – Catt Small

Check out this video from last year’s conference:

More Info:

  • Over 30 games by people of color from across the United States as well as around the world
  • Vendor tables from big and small companies including Amazon Games Studio and Avalanche Studios
  • Over 20 speakers within and adjacent to the gaming industry
  • Special guests Sammus and Haleek Maul
  • 5 micro talks and 4 panels covering a broad range of topics about game development and racial/ethnic identity
  • Sponsored by Xbox
  • Official after-party at Babycastles