Our mission is to amplify the creative power held by people of color in games.
We do this by organizing revolutionary events, uniting our vibrant community, and building access to knowledge, funding, and opportunities.
Creators of color make great games but are often pushed to the margins. We fight to create a better games industry that is intersectional and equitable.
Originally founded by Catt Small and Chris Algoo in 2016, the Game Devs of Color Expo took shape when the two young game developers set out to pioneer a new market for showcasing games made by game creators of color. The first event, a games showcase with roundtable discussions, received rave reviews from attendees. Some even drove to New York City from out of state! Attendees asked when there would be another event, so Catt and Chris decided to pull in a larger team and host the second event at the Schomburg Center.
The Game Devs of Color Expo continued in-person events for several years. Each year, attendance and partnerships with major organizations grew. We have had the honor of working with major gaming companies including Xbox, Nintendo, Niantic, Oculus, and Amazon Gaming.
In 2019, we offered our first grant to a game developer of color in the form of the Humble Bundle Game Creator of Color award. Ethan Redd, our first grant winner, received $15,000 to build a Humble Original game. To date, we have given over $250,000 to game developers of color.
Since 2020, the event has shifted to online-only. We’ve since doubled our attendance numbers and have increased engagement each year. We are now embarking on our latest journey: 2022! Help us make it possible.Sponsor our next event
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We are always looking for more help. Areas we could especially use help in right now are design, coordination, and project management. If you have experience in any of those areas, we’d love to hear from you!Tell us about yourself
Thanks to past organizers and contributors!
Props to Brian Carr, Rachél Bazelais, Réjon Taylor-Foster, Kat Thompson, Jarryd Huntley, Raven Feagins, Asia Hoe, Tanya Kan and Rey Vargas for helping us with previous iterations of the event.
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This event is organized by Game Devs of Color, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Individuals can contribute a tax-deductible amount under $2,000 via PayPal or enable corporate donation matching through Benevity.
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