On Saturday, the 2017 Game Devs of Color Expo will take place in New York City, and their custom shaped kiss cut sticker features a smart design where they get two small peel-offs on one rectangle sheet. This layout means the sticker is portable and memorable, with four-inch banners featuring their event branding. Back of an iPhone case? No problem. On a favorite writing journal? Yep. Whether it's a water bottle or a laptop, this sticker will travel.
As for the background on the Game Devs of Color Expo, it's a day-long conference experience at the historic Schomburg Center, a research library that's part of the New York Public Library and an archive for information on people of African descent worldwide. At the Expo, there will be panels, talks, and an arcade (of course). Speakers will talk about game development process, representation in games, and experiences within the games industry as people from different backgrounds.
Then everyone will try out incredible games made by people of color. This is the truly fun part of this event. On display there will be over 30 games made by people of color from across the United States as well as around the world. There are the major players like the Amazon Games Studio and Avalanche Studios. Attendees will learn from 20-plus speakers involved in the gaming industry, and they can choose from microtalks and panels that cover a broad range of topics about game development and racial/ethnic identity.
Most importantly, the 2017 Game Devs of Color Expo is open to people of all genders, races, abilities, sexual orientations, and religions. The organizers are committed to ensuring that this event is inclusive to all. A few ways they are achieving this goal is to hold the event at a venue that is wheelchair accessible, to display live captions for all talks and presentations, and to make gender-neutral restrooms available to everyone.
The organizing team behind this event is the crew at Brooklyn Gamery, three game builders who create high-quality games. Their mission is to use games as a means of social change as well as encouraging cultural change in the games industry. And that's what we're all about, trying to bring about change and advocate for inclusiveness one sticker at a time.