Elli Shapiro is a Director and Co-Founder of Out Making Games (OMG!), a community interest company working to connect and empower the LGBTQ+ community working in the games industry across the UK. She is also the Lead Player Programmer at Rocksteady Studios and is passionate about all aspects of game development and the beautiful, emotional, personal, enriching and fun experiences that interactive technology can bring.
A roundtable discussion led by Elli Shapiro and Ugonna Nwosu from Out Making Games, a community interest company established to connect and empower the LGBTQ+ community working in the games industry across the UK. Join us for a conversation about sexuality and gender issues in the content, creation and culture of video games. This is a welcoming space to share your stories and learn from the experience of others in a forum for LGBTQ+ games professionals and students to have frank conversations about the challenges they face.
We will be leveraging the experiences of the attendees to build takeaways such as... ...an understanding of the concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals working in the games industry ...techniques shared from first-hand experiences of celebrating diversity in workplaces ...tips and tricks for pushing for better in-game representation from within the industry ...building a sense of community and optimism for the future!
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