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LGBTQA2S+ & Global Queer Community Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Jakin Vela  (Executive Director, International Game Developers Association)

Location: Room 308, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

The LGBTQA2S+ and broader queer community faces unique challenges in the games industry, from discrimination and a lack of representation in leadership roles to pay equity issues and workplace microaggressions. Presented by the IGDA LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group, this roundtable aims to provide a platform for LGBTQA2S+ games industry professionals to share their experiences and discuss potential solutions for improving the representation and inclusion of queer people in the industry and in game content. Discussions will include an overview of the current state of the industry, key areas of concern, and actionable steps to improve the representation and inclusion of queer people in the games industry.


Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences with discrimination, workplace microaggressions, pay equity issues, and other challenges faced by LGBTQA2S+ game developers. The discussion will aim to create actionable steps to improve the representation and inclusion of the queer community in the games industry. Non-queer attendees will have the opportunity to listen and learn from the experiences of queer attendees and determine how they can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable industry.

Intended Audience

This roundtable is aimed at queer games industry professionals and those who are hoping to work in the games industry. The discussion will provide a safe space for queer people to share their experiences and concerns and work towards actionable solutions for improving representation and inclusion in the industry. Allies who wish to listen, learn, and respectfully contribute to the discussion are also welcome to attend.