Sep 23–27, 2021

Play unique games by unique creators.

As always, we’re hosting a variety of games by creators of color from around the world. Below are some of the confirmed games you’ll learn about at the expo — and how we’re giving them space to shine with our online format.

Celebrating games online

Since we’re online, we wanted to give even more love to the game creators in our community. In addition to our online showcase, here are more ways you’ll be able to experience the games in this year’s event:

#GDoCExpo Direct

Sept 23 @ 12PM ET

Our second-ever direct will be packed with exciting announcements from games by creators of color! We can’t wait to share what our community has been working on. The direct will premiere on YouTube the week of our event.

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Gradient Convergence 2021

Sept 23 – 27

We’ll be taking over Steam again with our second annual Gradient Convergence sale. You’ll be able to directly support creators of color by wishlisting games that aren’t yet available and buying games that have recently been released.

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Developer interviews

Sept 24 – 26

Throughout the event, our fave DaPurpleSharpie will host interviews with creators of color. You’ll hear directly from independent game designers about the process of building and releasing their work.

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Featured games

Below are just a few of the 30+ games you’ll see at this year’s event. Want to see all the games?

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Button City

Subliminal

A narrative adventure about cute animals, friendship, and arcades.

Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 to

Soft Not Weak

Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 To is an action-puzzle game set in a lush, narrative-driven world of witchy demons. Cast spells, be queer, & crash the biggest concert of the year!

Aerial_Knight's Never Yield

Neil Jones AKA (Aerial_Knight)

Take the role of Wally. A mysterious kid out to recover items from his past with the hope of saving what's left of the future. Hopefully, you're fast enough to outrun your enemies and expose the truth. Or at least live long enough to see what happens.

Innchanted

DragonBear Studios

Run a Magical Inn with friends! Taram's family Inn has been stolen by an evil wizard! To reclaim your family's legacy, team up with friends, manage your inn, brew potions, cook, and fight in a magical co-op inn adventure for 1-4 players.

Common'hood

Plethora Project

After losing everything, it's time to start from scrattch. Occupy an abandoned factory and craft the community you want to live in, taking it from surviving to thriving.

START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: a prologue

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START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: A PROLOGUE (or: START AGAIN: a prologue) is a story driven RPG where you, Siffrin, are stuck in a time loop for no reason you can find.

Our America VR

Fishean Studio

What starts as a simple commute for Malcolm and his dad quickly escalates into a life-or-death encounter that both father and son must be cautious to survive. Put on your VR headset and see life through the eyes of a Black father in the U.S. as you take a ride in Our America.

Night Reverie

Somber Pixel

Night Reverie is a Puzzle/Adventure game in which a child must solve the mystery behind the distortion of his house. Explore puzzle-filled environments and discover strange creatures living in the house as you reach the truth behind of what looks like a bizarre nightmare.

Sephonie

Analgesic Productions

Memories linger across time, deep under Sephonie Island. Explore a massive cave network, link with unidentified species, and unravel scientific and spiritual mysteries, all while watched over by a supernatural being existing beyond human history. By Anodyne 1+2’s creators!

Midautumn

Team Midautumn

Midautumn is a supernatural game about blasting evil spirits, saving your hometown from gentrification, and Asian diaspora culture. For Robin Lam, crashing at Grandma's was meant to be a break from their responsibilities.

She Dreams Elsewhere

Studio Zevere

You wake up in a foggy haze with one hell of a headache. The way ahead is dark and foreboding. You remember who you are, but not a lick of how you got there. And to top it off, you’ve got a persistent little pest of a doppelgänger out for your blood at all times.

Welcome to your coma - enjoy your stay!

Danny Fisher Kills the Government

Danny Fisher

Danny Fisher Kills the Government is a satirical political video game, taking the player through the journey of Danny Fisher, as he and a party of local New Yorkers foster community, tussle with the NYPD, girl-bosses, CEOs, and Mayor de Blasio himself.

Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator

Strange Scaffold

Buy, sell, and trade organs in a strange and evolving universe. Dive into the quivering innards of alien capitalism in the sci-fi body horror market tycoon game you didn't know you needed.  

Alpaca Stacka

Michelle Ma and Sebastian Baracaldo

Alpaca Stacka! is a 3D adventure platformer where you play as Paz, a kind alpaca dedicated to helping their animal friends.

1000 Deaths

Pariah Interactive

1000 Deaths is a game about confronting your interpersonal conflicts and the effects of media on the psyche. Play through episodes, switching between perspectives of eclectic characters, and making decisions that you’ll take to the grave.

3D Print Your Life

ScienceHerWay

3D Print Your Life is a game where you work at a 3D printing shop meeting all kinds of people who use 3D printing to fulfill their different orders.

A Shiba Story

Foxdog Farms

A Shiba Story is a slice of life game / pet simulator about learning how to take care of a Shiba Inu. This is a game about the everyday joys & quirks of sharing life with a furry friend.

Anuchard

stellarNull

Battle monsters, solve puzzles, and reawaken the lost Guardians in an action RPG inspired by classics. Rescue the souls of lost townspeople in the dungeon and restore the civilization of Anuchard while wielding the mythical Audros Bell.

After School Afterlife

Mini Bunnies

Listen to the beat to navigate obstacles in this Peranakan-inspired metroidvania! Talk to strange and funny ghosts, and help them with their problems. Fill your journal as you explore the mansion. You may just uncover its secret past...

Bakemono : Demon Brigade

SuperSane

Anime Themed High Mobility Slasher Shooter VR Mech Sim
Bakemono is Early Access on Steam

Claw Arena

Mocha Chili

Claw Arena is an arena fighting game for mobile devices featuring unique one-finger controls. Select one of 8 animal warriors with distinct movesets and fight your way through the tournament to become the champion of the Combat League!

Boiling Point!

Anoba Studios

Boiling Point! is a light/medium strategy game where 2-6 players find themselves as crustaceans trapped in a pot trying to escape! Fight to the top, attack the chefs… or your friends? Whatever you do, make sure you stay cool!

Come with Me

Xin Ye

Come with Me is a two-player cooperative adventure game set in a puzzle-filled magical world.

Date Night Bowling

Serenity Forge

Ten characters in search of love gather around two neon-lit bowling alleys for some date night bowling. Choose your character, find your date, and try your best to hit it off—or at least hit some pins.

Do Not Buy This Game

Kingblade Games

Do Not Buy This Game is a Comedy Walk-Sim where the game is being built as you play it!

DOT’S HOME

Rise-Home Stories Project, Weathered Sweater, Neil Jones, and James Williams.

DOT’S HOME is a single-player video game that follows a young Black woman in Detroit as she travels through time to relive key moments in her family’s history where race, place, and home collide in difficult choices.

Epiphany City

Big Shield Games

Turn paintings into real life objects to solve puzzles in clever and imaginative ways. Follow Lily Parks, a girl who's lost all hope, as she inherits the world's strongest superhero's powers, leaving it up to her to save the world.

Emergency Monster Team

Toro Comics

Nadel Pierce is a Berserker Paramedic who is headed back to work at the Dendsville Area Emergency Hospital after the events of “ThePipe Man".

Garden Story

Picogram

Unify a broken community as the newly-appointed Guardian of The Grove. Traverse a vibrant island to combat invasive Rot, inspire its inhabitants, and rebuild your home.

Get-A-Grip Chip

Redstart Interactive

Get-A-Grip Chip is a charming and satisfyingly challenging grappling hook 2D platformer. Master the hook, fling through the increasingly intense floors of Roboco Mfg, and escape chases with Scan-It Janet.

Hot Pot For One

Rachel Li & Qin Yin

You are alone on a cold Christmas night, stuck at home, in a foreign country. You get through it by cooking a hot dish intended for six people.

Himig

OnionBlaze

A calm game of everyday life, precious memories, and creating your own destiny.

Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action

Moonana

In a silent world where music has been prohibited, BOBO, a singer, will band together with the Jukebot drummer, Rocket, to shatter the strings of fate and sing the melody of freedom in this unforgiving Rhythm Turn Based JRPG.

KindFolx

Tristan Barona

KindFolx is a real time, PvE card battling dungeon crawler about a monster named Reinus who embarks on a quest to dismantle a human oppressing dictatorship led by a Monsterfolk General.

Loddlenaut

Moon Lagoon

A cozy survival game about raising cute alien creatures and cleaning up a polluted ocean planet.

Last Legacy

Nix Hydra

You’re trapped in a fantasy MMORPG! Team up with a cunning mage, an enigmatic knight, or a roguish mercenary to save the world, and maybe find love along the way—who will you choose?

Lonesome Village

Ogre Pixel

Lonesome Village is a puzzle-solving adventure with social simulation.

Luminous Plumee

XenoHorizon

Experience thrilling action, epic boss fights, and an electrifying soundtrack in this vibrant 2D action RPG.

METEORA

Big Boot Games

METEORA is a Fast-paced Survival Action Survival game with Meteors (Think burnout in space with Meteors).

Mop Boy

Mop Boy Studios

Mom and Dad have finally put Mop Boy in charge of keeping their beloved pizzeria clean. But with grease monsters running amuck and a crooked health inspector on their tail, it's gonna take the whole family to keep the restaurant afloat.

Nainai's recipe

Fann & Mai

Nainai’s Recipe is a cooking game about simulating real-world cooking feelings in a stylized world. It's a story about a Chinese girl who live by herself during 2020. She will be learning family dishes, as well as the story of her grandma.

Neko Ghost, Jump!

Burgos Games

Neko Ghost, Jump! is a puzzle-platformer where you not only switch between 2D & 3D camera perspectives but also between your physical & ghost forms to solve puzzles, combat enemies, and clear levels faster.

Ochitsubaki

FEYXUAN

OCHITSUBAKI || 落ち椿 is a transgender JPN/ENG game about the impossibility of communicating trauma and hypermarginalized identity through a combination of visceral poetics, retro anime aesthetics, and the particular tenderness of a good duel

Onsen Master

Waking Oni Games

Onsen Master is a hot spring customer management game where players must create ingredients to match the various customer ailments, across the fantasy island of Izajima!

Out For Delivery

Heart Street

A playable documentary shot with a 360° camera. The 42 minute slice-of-life experience follows a food delivery courier in Beijing on January 23, 2020, the day before Lunar New Year's Eve and the day Wuhan shut down due to COVID-19.

PenPal Princess

Compact

Pen Pal Princess is a queer romcom visual novel about long distance relationships and online dating. Correspond with potential suitors through letter writing, email, and DMs to convince them to rescue you from your secluded princess tower!

Raji: An Ancient Epic

Nodding Heads Games

A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny? To rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura

RP7

Turtle Cream

RP7 is the most minimalist and abstract dungeon crawler RPG. In the game player can’t control their character. Instead player should setup character's adventure path by rolling 7 slots in the screen, to control their character INDIRECTLY.

Rules of Alchemy

Jabari Alii

Master the elements in this intense spell combo roguelike. Explore the procedural world of Istal as you uncover secrets, collect magic, craft items, and embark on a grand branching narrative.

RUNNER

Truant Pixel, LLC

RUNNER is an arcade-inspired VR action featuring first-person driving gameplay and shooting-gallery gunplay. Players take to the street at high speed, weaving in-and-out of traffic while fending off waves of enemies over 7 unique stages.

SAMUDRA

Khayalan Arts

SAMUDRA is a 2D surreal adventure game with a theme of environmental awareness & an emotional twist.

Skate Story

by Sam Eng

Skate down into the underworld and recover what's been lost.

Slime Heroes

Pancake Games

A game where the slimes are finally the heroes. Play with your friends as cute slimes and save the world from an evil corruption. Find different weapons and create your own unique magic abilities to express the way you want to adventure.

Sokobond Express

Jose Hernandez

Puzzle mix of chemistry and rails!

Spell Blaster

JUMP Game Studio

Spell Blaster is a 2D top-down action game inspired by retro classics! The game tasks players with navigating mazes, destroying monsters, avoiding dangerous traps and solving perilous puzzles!

Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum

Marie Wong & Pauline Kong

Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum is a competitive 2-5 player light weight Dim Sum set collection and action management tabletop game offering a delicious cultural experience. Steamers with Dim Sum are stacked and placed on a turntable.

Supersonic Rhyme Chamber

No Static Games

Rap battle your way through colorful lands as you encounter strong rivals and the dopest of friends. As you improve your skills and collect all the keys, will you be able to become a legendary MC?

The Gardener and the Wild Vines

Finite Reflection Studios

Leap, slash, and climb your way to the top of fantastical towers by dashing at flowers growing on a procedural vine. Explore multiple unique environments as you unravel this love story about love and identity.

Theseus

Sisi Jiang

Theseus never killed the Minotaur. He found common cause with Asterion, until he didn't anymore. A tale of diaspora, gender, and survival.

ValiDate: Struggling Singles in your Area

Veritable Joy Studios

ValiDate is a visual novel about 12 struggling singles attempting to find love and friendship in a world ruled by capitalism. We feature a cast full of queer characters of color and contain stories never explored in gaming before.

Venba

Visai Studios

Venba is a narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more

2021 game development grants

Many games don’t get released because creators lack access to funding. We’re changing the landscape by partnering with games industry leaders to give money directly to game creators of color. In 2020 we gave out $90,000 in game development grants. In 2021, we’re looking to do even better.

Anyone who applied to speak or show a game at this year’s event is eligible to receive a grant. We’ll announce the winners on Sunday, September 26 around 6PM ET!

Learn about our grant program
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Games FAQ

Can I still apply to show my game?

We understand your enthusiasm, but applications have closed and we do not accept late submissions. We receive hundreds of on-time applications every year. Make sure to follow us across the internet so you can be kept in the loop for when submissions open in the future.

I applied to show my game. When will I hear back?

You’ll know if we’ve accepted or declined your submission by the end of July (August at latest). If accepted, you’ll be onboarded in time for our event in late September.

What kinds of games should I expect to see?

All kinds! We’ve shown silly games, serious games, queer games, board games, digital games, and more. We like to see orginality and a strong perspective. The narrative-driven games we choose tend to have diverse sets of characters and defy common tropes.

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

Yes, you are very welcome to buy a ticket and celebrate game creators of color with us!

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

Game Devs of Color Expo is an event for games professionals, although our content can be enjoyed by other groups as well. While we talk about games, this is an event for adults. Since this is an event for adults, adult content may be present or referenced. This includes, but is not limited to, discussions and depictions of sexuality. Please ensure that people under 18 are in the company of an adult.