July 28, 2021 – Today, Game Devs of Color Expo announced the starting lineup of speakers and panel discussions for its sixth annual event. The 2021 Game Devs of Color Expo will take place entirely online from Thursday, September 23 to Monday, September 27.
This year’s event features an exciting array of talks from the developers behind Button City, GNOG, LIONKILLER, She Dreams Elsewhere, Sephonie, Validate, and more. As with last year’s expo, virtual attendees will be able to access a private online conference space that’s designed to encourage conversation and collaboration.
The 2021 Game Devs of Color Expo will also feature interviews hosted by DaPurpleSharpie with developers from indie studios Subliminal (Button City), Soft Not Weak (Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 to), Aerial_Knight, DragonBear Studios (Innchanted), Plethora Project (Common’hood), insertdisc5 (START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: a prologue), Fishean Studio (Our America VR), Somber Pixel (Night Reverie), Analgesic Productions (Sephonie), Team Midautumn, Studio Zevere (She Dreams Elsewhere), and Danny Fisher.
The expo is also hosting several panels, touching on a variety of relevant industry topics. “Cooperating as Game Worker Cooperatives,” will provide an overview on the history of worker cooperatives, with panelists Alex A.K. (Soft Not Weak), Eva-Léa Longue Ngambi (Lucid Tales), and Francesca Esquenazi (Future Club) sharing their experiences with this little-known business model. Tabletop-game developers can learn more about picking and refining projects in the “Finding Your Voice: Developing Your Brand (in Tabletop)” panel, with Yeonsoo Julian Kim (Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game), Jeeyon Shim (Sea of Legends: Expansion), Victoria Caña (Cat Quartet Games), Ella Ampongan (The Dice Tower), and Banana Chan (Game and a Curry).
The full lineup of speakers and participating games will be revealed at a later date.
Game Devs of Color Expo was first envisioned by founders Catt Small and Chris Algoo in 2016, who sought to construct a safe space where people of color from any and all intersections of identity could connect to discuss their passions and projects.
“From the very beginning, we’ve worked to create a space and an industry that we can all enjoy,” said Chris Algoo. “The excitement we receive every year from attendees, sponsors, and devs is pushing us forward to create the biggest and best Game Devs of Color Expo in 2021.”
For additional information about the Expo, including ticket sales, visit gamedevsofcolorexpo.com. Passes for the event are priced on a sliding scale between $20-100, depending on the needs of attendees. Working members of the press can apply for a media pass here https://bit.ly/gdoc21press.