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2019 Game Devs of Color Expo

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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Join us for the 4th annual Game Devs of Color Expo - an inclusive games expo and conference creating a new normal in games by putting creators of color at the forefront, showing off their games, building conversations, and pushing games forward as an artform. #GDoCExpo


A collage of screenshots from several games that will be displayed

In the expo hall, be prepared to play 20+ titles including the super stylish HyperDot which was just featured as part of the Xbox Experience at E3, Sashimi Slammers, a fish fighting game where the controller is literally a fish (can’t make this stuff up,) and Can Androids Pray, a shortform narrative game about angry femme mechs at the end of the world. View our full list of games


A collage of photos of several speakers and panelists speaking at the expo

Featuring a full conference track with microtalks and panels, with realtime captioning. One of our marquee panels “Hip Hop and Video Games” features 3 amazing rappers - Open Mike Eagle, co-host of The New Negroes on Comedy Central, Sammus, and Mega Ran, in discussion with 2 game developers, Davionne Gooden and Shawn Alexander Allen. Together, they will explore the complicated relationship between the two art forms over their parallel growth. View our full list of talks and panels


Watch this space, more event details are to be announced!

Play, learn, and celebrate diversity in games.

Everyone is welcome at GDoC Expo, and an event like this can’t happen without the community. Want to play a bigger role in the event? Apply here:

  • Volunteer Applications are currently closed and are being reviewed.
  • Press Application - for press, influencers, content creators, etc.

We look forward to hearing from you!

All are welcome.

The 2019 Game Devs of Color Expo is open to people of all genders, races, and sexual orientations. We want this to be a safe space to express yourself. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make you feel comfortable attending this event. Read the full Code of Conduct on our website.

Need-based free tickets

We aim to make this event accessible by offering low-cost tickets. However, we also know some people have low/no income and therefore are unable to afford the ticket price. If this is the case for you, please fill out this form – we will happily help you gain access to this event.

Subsidized tickets (Free)

Press & Media

Open call for members of the press and content creators on YouTube, Twitch, or other platforms! All press inquiries can be sent to gdocexpo@gmail.com. Professional photography and videography is prohibited on-site without consent from Game Devs of Color Expo and the attendees being recorded.

Press & Media Pass - apply now

Pricing and Sponsorship

Game Devs of Color Expo is a labor of love, organized by a small handful of volunteers. We can’t do it alone. Ticket sales and sponsorship will help make Game Devs of Color Expo 2019 bigger, better, and as momentous as possible.

Want to do more to support the community? Sponsor the event.

Interested in donating? Contact us at gdocexpo@gmail.com, send us direct donations via PayPal (our preferred method), or use the Donation field available under ticket types.


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Thanks to astro for providing equipment.


More sponsors are being added! If you're interested in sponsoring, learn more on our website.

Event Organizers

The 2019 Game Devs of Color Expo is produced by a diverse team of game creators and enthusiasts. We believe that games are for everyone and that the only path forward is to actively work to enable more games to be created by people of diverse backgrounds and get those games played by more people.

Chris Algoo - @ChrisAlgoo
Shawn Alexander Allen - @aNuChallenger
Brian Carr - @t3ambrian
Brian S. Chung - @BrianSChung
GJ Lee - @whereisgj
Catt Small - @cattsmall

Very special thanks to the many contributors and volunteers who work on bringing the expo to life before, during, and after the day of the event.


I'm not a person of color. Can I attend?

Totally! We welcome all people to this event.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

We welcome people of all ages! However, we ask that people under 18 attend with their parents, guardian, or a chaperone.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We’ve summarized this on our website here - http://gamedevsofcolorexpo.com/location/

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515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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