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Black Developers Matter: Recruitment & Retention Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Carl Varnado (Narrative Designer & Chair, Revelation Interactive & IGDA Blacks in Games)

Location: Room 203, South Hall

Date: Friday, March 20

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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: Roundtable

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

This open discussion roundtable is designed to bring black developers together with publishers, studio executives, students and designers on how to expand the recruitment marketplace, how to retain talent in the industry, and how to create safe environments for new talent and ideas to grow. What processes do we have in place to look beyond our immediate circles of influence, and who do we include in those conversations? To expand the audiences of our industry, we have to expand our pool or recruits and better develop a culture on inclusivity in the industry.


Attendees will come away with some ideas on how to better recruit people of color in the industry and how to be empowered to create action groups and items that can bring diversity to their own organizations.

Intended Audience

This session is for studio executives, HR representatives, senior managers, management, and other individuals with hiring power at companies. It is also aimed at students, people of color and other underrepresented minorities who need strategies on how to better navigate the industry.