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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Games Summit

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Games Summit

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The game industry has been rocked in the past few months by the turmoil of politics, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the #MeToo outbreak on social media. These events have awakened people to issues of racial and gender justice, and they have created a unique opportunity for us to pay attention and learn. The industry saw the same kind of chaotic upheaval in 2014 with GamerGate, and yet this time it feels like the opportunity for change is greater. With that in mind, we’re creating our own event that can help bring about change in the workplace, workforce, and the culture of gaming.

As an event organizer, GamesBeat wants to support the industry’s efforts to make gaming a better place. We want to be an ally and amplify the voices of those who haven’t been heard or listened to as much as they should be. Roughly one in five people in the game industry is female, and underrepresented minorities are an even smaller percentage of the group. We’d like to talk about what we and our speakers have learned over the years and share this knowledge with the new generations who are fired up and full of energy to bring change that we have seen is so sorely needed.

We recognize that everybody has to be a part of this change, and we want to keep the conversation that started in the streets and on the forums going. Indeed, one day we’ll look back on this time and see that we did the right thing. And it shouldn’t be this hard. Diversity is a long game, but it doesn’t have to be. We can agree that a diversity of perspectives and experiences will help make any product better. We see that when we diversify our work forces that we’ll see better representation of all people in our games. If we look back at the games that predated GamerGate and look now at the diverse cast of games like The Last of Us Part II, we can see how much has changed. We can celebrate progress, but we still have far to go to reach justice, equity, fairness, and decency. We can agree that giving everybody a chance to make a contribution and express themselves -- that will set us all free to do our best work. At this moment in time, we’ve been given a chance to change things.

Let’s do something.

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