Sep 15–18, 2022

Help us level the playing field for creators of color.

Game Devs of Color Expo is a labor of love, organized by a small handful of volunteers. We can’t do it alone. Sponsorship helps us make bigger, better events that reach more people — which ultimately provides a larger platform for our diverse community.

Make your mark with a broad, diverse audience

The Game Devs of Color community features international creators and garners attention from attendees around the world. We are supporting and uplifting voices in games that are creating interesting and powerful work but do not have the same level of access to reseources as those with more privilege. You have the opportunity to align with and learn from the future of our globalizing world.

Some of the 2020 Sponsors
Xalavier Nelson giving a talk
We are growing

Over six years, the Game Devs of Color Expo has transitioned from a single-day event to a 4 day festival featuring the work and voices of creators of color. In 2020 we highlighted 31 speakers and 36 games across talks, panels, game developer interviews, trailer reveals, and a Steam event called Gradient Convergence. Over 1500 people attended the ticketed portions of our event, and 700k viewers checked out Gradient Convergence.

Crowd of beautiful people at the Schomburg Center in Harlem

Help us level the playing field for creators of color.

Game Devs of Color Expo is a labor of love, organized by a handful of passionate creators. We can’t do it alone. Sponsorship helps us make bigger, better events that reach more people — which ultimately provides a larger platform for our diverse community.

Sponsor the event

Make your mark with a broad, diverse audience

The Game Devs of Color community features international creators and garners attention from attendees around the world. We are supporting and uplifting voices in games that are creating interesting and powerful work but do not have the same level of access to resources as those with more privilege. You have the opportunity to align with and learn from the future of our globalizing world.

We know talent

The industry is only improved by those who are willing to push it forward. Game Devs of Color is an active part of the change. We have a proven track record of investing in talented creators of color. Games shown at this event are high-quality and bring a fresh perspective to design thinking. Creators who have spoken and participated in our games showcases have gone on to win awards at other well-known industry events.

We keep growing

Over seven years, the Game Devs of Color Expo transitioned from a single-day event to a 4 day festival featuring the work and voices of creators of color. In 2021 we highlighted 61 games and 48 speakers across talks, panels, game dev interviews, trailer reveals, and our Steam event called Gradient Convergence. Over 1,500 people attended the ticketed portions of our event, and 460k+ viewers visited Gradient Convergence.

Patron

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Thanks to our 2022 event sponsors!

Patron

Niantic encourages people to explore the world, together. We are the world’s leading augmented reality company with an initial focus on augmented reality games. We see a future where our technology paves the way for new entertainment experiences, advanced robotics, and scaled adaptive computing — and games are where we incubate some of our most audacious thinking.

Sustaining

Experience a new generation of games and entertainment with Xbox. The best games and entertainment on all of your devices.

Subset Games is the indie studio behind FTL: Faster Than Light and Into the Breach.

Intel is the catalyst for PC gaming innovation, rallying the industry to make the PC the best place to play and create. The company believe the best gaming experience is done on the PC and always looking for ways to push their technology to the limits when it comes to performance, enabling the development community, driving new form factors and leveraging emerging technology. Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com/gaming

Sago Mini is an award-winning company devoted to play. We make apps and toys for preschoolers worldwide. Toys that seed imagination and grow wonder. We bring thoughtful design to life. We believe that laughter helps kids learn. That open-ended activities open doors for kids and that the best things in life start with play. For kids. For parents. For giggles.

Collaborating

At Undead Labs, an XGS studio, we know our power lies in our people. Community > heroes. Come chat with us to learn more.

Premium

Kickstarter's mission is to bring creative projects to life. We are the most prolific creative crowdfunding platform for both video games and tabletop games.

E McNeill is an indie game designer from San Diego. His recent work includes several VR games, such as Ironlights, Tactera, and Darknet.

Award-winning game development company that prioritizes people. Creating entertainment and educational experiences by and for everyone to make the world a better place.

Fellow Traveller is an indie games label that is passionate about expanding the potential of games as a storytelling medium.Award-winning game development company that prioritizes people. Creating entertainment and educational experiences by and for everyone to make the world a better place.

That’s No Moon is a new, independent AAA game studio founded by award-winning storytellers. We’re currently hiring across many disciplines and experience levels. Join us!

Riot Games is a leading global gaming and entertainment company founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world.

Friend

An indie label exploring unusual stories

Creators of Bugsnax and Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Community

We invest in makers

Funding is a major issue for most developers, especially developers of color. Incredible games have failed or gone unreleased from a lack of funds. We’re partnering with games industry leaders to help game creators of color make innovative games in a sustainable way.

We want to thank you for the opportunity to get this grant … This grant will help us make Love Shore as good as it can be, and also help us continue making narrative games in the future.
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Son M. and Emmett Nahil of Perfect Garbage, 2020 grant recipient
Last year I was really blown away by the caliber of the exhibitors and the unique talks on game design, so it’s really humbling to accept this grant among so many amazing developers in this community.
Sisi Jiang, 2020 grant recipient

2021 grant sponsors

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2022 grant sponsors

Draknek & Friends wants to help under-invested-in creators make the games they want to make and build towards a diverse and thriving future.
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The Game Devs of Color Expo has its finger on the pulse of the next generation of game developers and is a must-attend event.
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Game Devs of Color is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Financial contributions to the Game Devs of Color Expo are charitable and tax-deductible.

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Game Devs of Color is run by a diverse team of game creators and gaming enthusiasts who believe that games are for everyone. We actively work to increase the number of successful games made by people of color.

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