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Game Developers Building a Climate Resilient Industry Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Paula Angela Escuadra  (Senior User Research Lead & SIG Co-Founder, Microsoft & IGDA Climate Special Interest Group)

Location: Virtual GDC Platform

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Viewing Experience: Virtual

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

"The climate crisis impacts our ability to keep making and playing the games we know and love. Game developers have real power to tackle the climate crisis. The IGDA Climate SIG serves to establish grassroots climate councils on every major game company and amplify the UN Environment’s message about youth advocacy, the power of video games, and what games can do to take on the climate crisis.

Changing the world is possible - and the work has already begun. In 2021, we established community-led workstreams focused on setting a strong foundation of shared knowledge. From carbon calculators to climate conscious game design patterns, we have gathered information and started building resources for climate action - made FOR game developers BY game developers, researchers, scientists, and students. In this roundtable, we’ll be providing a recap of what we’ve created and learned so far, and the pilot programs we’re kicking off this year. We want your collaboration and input - not only on what is most useful, but what we may be missing, and what we as a community need to do next to support you on your climate journey."


The IGDA Climate Special Interest Group (IGDA Climate SIG), a global grassroots initiative aligned with the United Nations’ Playing for the Planet Alliance (UN P4PA), is pursuing collaboration and pilot partners on projects that can help create buy-in for climate action in gaming studios; build power-saving software design patterns; support climate-positive elements in games; and unlock the potential for gameplay experiences to translate into measurable real world outcomes. Join the conversation to share your perspective with like-minded developers, get connected to active climate projects in the gaming industry, and identify what we as individuals (and as a community) can do to create measurable, real-world impact.

Intended Audience

Open to all, especially those ready to act and interested in joining a warm, growing community of game developers, researchers, scientists, educators, and enthusiasts passionate about leveraging the power of games to help solve the climate crisis.