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Black Characters Matter Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Carl Varnado  (Chair, IGDA Black in Games SIG)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 9:40am - 10:40am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Career Development Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

The importance of how characters are portrayed in the game industry is a critical component in our understanding of how the game industry impacts black people as consumers. As the industry evolves, a critical analysis of how people are portrayed within the games is an important step. This roundtable discusses the importance of developing authentic black voices, culture and representation in the game development pipeline.


Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities game developers have when creating products that are aimed for wide release.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for all Attendees, from all disciplines, and levels in the industry.