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Addressing Ethics & Content Responsibility as Game Developers

Celia Hodent (Game UX Consultant, Independent)

Kate Edwards (CEO, Geogrify)

Kat Lo (Visiting Researcher, University of California, Irvine)

Carlos Figueiredo (Director of Community Trust & Safety, Two Hat)

Maria Sayans (CEO, USTWO Games)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 18

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Plus Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Beyond the regular (and mostly exaggerated) attacks our industry is getting regarding addiction, loot boxes, or violence, it is important for us to get a clear understanding of our ethical responsibilities as content providers. Discussions around ethics in the game industry are still too rare. Celia Hodent (Game UX Consultant, former director of UX at Epic Games), Kate Edwards (CEO at Geogrify, a consultancy which pioneered content culturalization), Kat Lo (Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Irvine), and Carlos Figueiredo (Director of Community Trust & Safety at Two Hat, and Co-Founder of the Fair Play Alliance), propose to dive into this topic by sharing their experience and perspectives. We will address how design impacts social behavior, how to recognize dark patterns, and how to assess the potential impact of the content we put in our games on players. The idea is to discuss the state of our industry as related to ethics and what we should strive to do better so that we can own the conversation about video games in our society.


Attendees will learn what the real limitations and concerns about video games are and what specific designs can trigger these concerns. They will be encouraged to participate in the conversation with the panelists as we strive to make games more inclusive and ethical, and in an effort to own the discussion about games in our society.

Intended Audience

We encourage every game developer, scholar, or aspiring game developer to come join us in this discussion about ethics in our industry and how we should handle our (sometimes bad) image in society.