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Black Developers Matter Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Carl Varnado  (Chair, IGDA Black in Games SIG)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

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 game industry is one of the most innovative sectors in our society. We have innovated from the arcade to the home console, from 8-bit cartridges to Virtual Reality, and the handheld to Augmented Reality. It is now time to innovate how we approach the actual development process, who we include in those conversations, and what audiences are we attempting to capture. The IGDA Blacks in Games SIG is leading a discussion about how Black Developers Matter in the game industry. The future to our industry is how we answer these questions today, and how we will approach them tomorrow.


Attendees can take away from this session an understanding The roundtable is designed to bring black developers together with publishers, studio executives, students and designers on how to expand the game marketplace, where to recruit talent, and how to create safe environments for new talent and ideas to grow

Intended Audience

This session is designed for all levels of experience in the game industry.