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Game Developers Take on the Climate Crisis Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Paula Angela Escuadra  (Senior Researcher & Co-Chair, Google & IGDA Climate SIG)

Date: Friday, July 23

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 climate crisis impacts our ability to keep making and playing the games we know and love. We as game makers and players have significant power to take truly meaningful action against this existential threat. 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. We are thrilled to kick off our 2021 workstreams focused on building a Climate Guide 101 for game developers; game design patterns; industry benchmarking; and climate council advocacy. Each of these workstreams are designed to enable all of us to work towards solutions that make sense for our interests, skill sets, and available resources. We look forward to discussing our story and these solutions at the roundtable, and have you join us on this mission critical journey.


The IGDA Climate SIG, an initiative aligned with the United Nations’ Play for the Planet Alliance, is pursuing collaboration on projects that can help 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 growing video game climate champion movement and learn how you can engage your studio in forming a climate council supported by the UN Environment’s Education & Youth group.

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.