Women In Games, the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting equity and parity for all women and girls in games and esports, has issued a statement following the recent media reports on discriminatory and toxic behaviour within the games industry.
Funding applications have opened for this year’s grants programme from Digital Xtra Fund, Scotland’s charity committed to increasing the number and diversity of young people learning innovative digital skills.
Headed up by London-based independent developer Payload Studios, the Tentacle Zone Incubator is a programme offering mentorship, networking opportunities and an all-round games industry insight to independent developers with disabilities or neurodiversites, who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, are of an underrepresented gender, or are POC or LGBTQ+.
When asked if they thought game publishers should take a stance on societal issues, an overwhelming number of the 4000 players who took part in the Gamer Sentiment Study on Diversity and Inclusion said they were either neutral on the issue or in favour of it. Whatsmore, that sentiment held true across all demographics, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or having a disability.
Entries have opened for the 2021 #RaiseTheGameJam, which challenges student teams from across the UK to create games focused on diversity & inclusion.
Evil Army: Queer Representation in Games is an online event which will explore the history of queer representation within videogames, its evolution and how current events are reshaping the view and attitudes of straight gamers and game developers towards LGBTQ+ and queer characters.
Nominations have opened for the Women In Games Awards 2020. The competition celebrates and highlights the incredible work being done by women across the UK, with categories covering everything from development and technical roles, through to business, journalism and mentoring.
Registration has opened for the Rainbow Game Jam 2020, a two week long competition which explores & celebrates identity, gender, sexuality, life and love.
As of today, the Scottish Games Network is an official supporter of the Raise The Game pledge, to make the global games industry a more welcoming, inclusive and diverse place to be.