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'Apex Legends': Fighting for Character Representation and Diversity

Mohammad Alavi (Character Lead: Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment)

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Respawn's popular multiplayer shooter Apex Legends includes a roster of characters who are clearly helping to widen the portrayal of underrepresented groups in video games. In this talk, Respawn's character lead Mohammad Alavi will use footage to show the development of select characters, from Bangalore through Gibraltar to Bloodhound & beyond, chronicling the specific hurdles faced, the choices made, and the lessons learned in the war against uniformity for in-game characters.


Attendees will learn about the specific roadblocks Respawn continues to face as it grows its cast of diverse characters. While the examples will be specific, the lessons learned transcend the development process of Apex Legends and apply to all forms of media and character creation.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in better depicting underrepresented people in media. Or those who want to know more about how the diverse cast of Apex Legends came to be. This talk will focus on diversity through the lens of character development. We'll cover aspects of art, writing, voice acting, animation, and design.