Happy Sunday, friends! For those of you in the States, we sincerely hope you’re kicking back (or busting a move) in-game this Labor Day weekend. Wherever you happen to be logging in, though, we have plenty of limited time opportunities and super fun projects in the games industry to go around today. There’s never been a more perfect time for you to get involved in our weekly Sunday Loot series! We personally curate a list of the latest developments and initiatives that, like us, are working to foster safer, more inclusive spaces in games culture.
This week, we have a plethora of opportunities for marginalized youth to access resources in game development. Not only that, but current developers as well as gamers can get involved in projects that will ultimately spark the change we’re all working so hard to see realized. The team here at FemHype knows how important positive change is to you, as you’re a very important part of our community here. Help us reach more like-minded gamers like you so that we can boost these voices and make a difference together!
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
This came as a tip from @LadyOddDuck! For those who don’t know, AbleGamers is a truly wonderful nonprofit charity that advocates on behalf of gamers with disabilities. They’re currently offering a scholarship and mentoring fellowship for students enrolled in a college or university. This is a huge opportunity for would-be game developers to receive training from industry leaders, particularly for those who feel as passionately as this team does about accessibility.
Even if you don’t personally fit the criteria AbleGamers is looking for, I strongly urge you to share this information with as many potential developers as possible. This is the first step to truly diversifying the industry and encouraging more accessibility across the board!
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Another fellowship appears! Brought to you by ESA, HHF, and Leaders on the Fast Track, this opportunity targets minority youth between the ages of 15 and 25. The challenge here is to develop a game or app that addresses social issues impacting the community right now. Selected fellows will be flown to Washington, D.C. this October to present their ideas to the White House, Congress, and community leaders. If that isn’t metal as hell, nothing is.
You can jump in on the conversation using the #ESALOFTFellowship hashtag! Previous fellows have their own spot on the website, too, which you should totally check out after you hit that share button. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Deadline: September 15, 2015
Brought to you by the talented @comosedicenerd, #HHMJam will celebrate precisely what the name implies: Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme you’ll be working with is “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” In an effort to inspire work that celebrates HHM or Latinidad, this is an innovative way to encourage more diversity in games. Even if you’re not a developer, you can still help the super awesome folks who decide to enter! Share whatever resources you think may be relevant to the game jam through the #HHMJam hashtag. That way, you’re still supporting this initiative.
All entries in this game jam will be showcased, which is precisely what makes this opportunity so special. Fostering safe spaces is one thing, but encouraging a celebratory, supportive environment with fellow gamers? That’s a truly special opportunity indeed.
Deadline: September 15, 2015
Under a much-needed “Geeks For Equality” banner that we can totally get behind, the LORT team is an advocacy group working to inspire young women and girls to enter into STEM fields, specifically targeting game development. They’re making serious waves by educating the general public on their initiative through events, panels, and consulting services. LORT further engages their community by hosting events and tournaments on their Twitch channel. And they aren’t in this alone! The team has invited a stellar guest list of industry leaders to their channel—all with like-minded goals.
It’s so important to support groups like LORT that are focusing on encouraging entry into and building a sense of community in the gaming industry for young women and girls. We may be working hard now, but everything ultimately rests upon the next generation to take up the torch. Let’s welcome them the way we would’ve liked to be welcomed.
Surprise! AbleGamers makes the list twice this week. In an effort to support their ongoing work in the industry, MineThon will host a 48-hour live stream charity event that any Let’s Player with a pickaxe can join. That’s right! You can get in on this building frenzy and know you’re supporting a good cause at the same time. What could be better than that?
In case you’re just looking to lurk in the chat of a participant, we highly recommend you visit our friends over at @AngelsWhoGame for this one! They’ll be streaming Minecraft for six hours starting at 3 PM CST. Grab that bowl of popcorn and settle in for what will surely be an entertaining live stream!
Date: September 12, 2015