Sep 23–27, 2021

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

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. Be part of the change by pledging $15,000 toward the next generation of games.

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.
Son M. and Emmett Nahil of Perfect Garbage, 2020 winners
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 winner

2021 grant sponsors

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Thanks to our 2021 event sponsors!

Patron

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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

Collaborating

Unknown Worlds Entertainment is an independent game developer with a fully remote, worldwide team. The studio is best known for their work on Natural Selection, and the open-world survival games Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zer

Brace Yourself Games are a Vancouver-based studio behind Crypt of the NecroDancer, Cadence of Hyrule and, in Early Access now, Industries of Titan and Phantom Brigade. We're so excited to return as a sponsor for Game Devs of Colour, who provide a valuable platform for underrepresented and marginalised communities.

The mission at Nintendo is to create smiles through unique entertainment experiences. It is the pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment and industry icons that have become well-known household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Pokemon. Join Nintendo's Talent Community to learn about career opportunities.

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher, and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. We develop and publish products principally through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division, Social Point, Playdots, and Nordeus.

Playdate is a brand-new handheld game system. Our small, yellow console-with-a-crank is the perfect platform for indie games of all kinds, made by people of all kinds! It's easy to learn, and you can even self-distribute your game. Read more about Playdate and becoming a Playdate developer at https://play.date/

MWM Interactive’s focus is on championing the narrative exploration of video games by finding unique developers with powerful stories bespoke art direction, and inspired game play experiences. Proud publisher of critically acclaimed games: Mundaun, Maskmaker, Stonefly and yet to be released Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

Die Gute Fabrik is an independent games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark, developing story-driven games. We aim to draw inspiration from a variety of disciplines and histories, and to continue to push the boundaries of what games can be. We make work which is driven by excellence, intentionality and care.

The NYU Game Center is the Department of Game Design at the Tisch School of the Arts. We offer a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts in game design, and our mission is to graduate the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics.

Since 2010, Humble Bundle has forged a path for indie developers to have a platform to connect their games with consumers, all while pursuing the universal desire to be a force for good. Together with supportive developers and a passionate community, Humble has raised nearly $200 million for charity.

Glow Up Games is a game studio centering innovative storytelling about black and brown joy. Starting with a free-to-play mobile game for HBO and Issa Rae's hit TV show Insecure in 2021, Glow Up Games is changing the industry to address the largest hidden demographic in games: women of color.

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.

Friend

Iron Galaxy Studios is a premier independent game developer.

Catalyzing social impact through games and immersive media.

A developer and Micro-Publisher from Europe.

Community

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
Sherri L. Smith

Game Devs of Color is fiscally sponsored by the Creative Tech Alliance (CTA), an arts organization dedicated to supporting creators working at the forefront of art and technology. Thanks to their support and partnership, all 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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