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

For over 30 years, Bungie (based out of Bellevue, WA) has had a vision of creating hopeful worlds that inspire lifelong friendships, and launched some of the world’s most celebrated video game franchises, including Marathon, Myth, Halo, and Destiny.

Collaborating

Xbox is Microsoft’s premier gaming and entertainment brand offering the freedom to play with friends anytime, anywhere.

EA BioWare | Maxis | FullCircle
Building a culture of inclusion enabling positive experiences for people, players and community

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

Premium

We're a new development studio with our sights set on creating unforgettable multiplayer experiences that capture the joy of playing together.

Yale University is delighted to sponsor GDoC Expo.

Let's make great games!

Owlchemy Labs creates absurdly funny VR games and experiences with ground-breaking accessibility that welcomes all players.

Friend

An indie label exploring unusual stories

Creators of Bugsnax and Octodad: Dadliest Catch

A brand-new, yellow game console… with a crank.

An independent studio based in Denmark and the UK.

Create the Future of Games at NYU Game Center

A growing team creating inclusive game experiences. Check out our roles!

Community

Individual

Thanks to our media partners!

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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.
Humble Bundle sells games, ebooks, software, and other digital content. Our mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices.
No More Robots is delighted to support the GDoCExpo Grant Program! Providing funding to great teams of color is incredibly important to us and we're excited to see the games that flourish from the program.
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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.
Sherri L. Smith
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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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