Happy Sunday, friends! It can be difficult sometimes to feel like we’re making a difference, particularly in the online space. You hear about the power of boosting and sharing a post, but wonder just how impactful that can be. We’re here to prove just how vital it actually is, and more than that, just how important your voice is in the conversation itself.
We’ll be honing in on the initiatives in the gaming industry that are currently aiming to make a big difference. Many are led by diverse teams of people who are dedicated to supporting those in need, while others are smaller spaces, but no less integral to our efforts here today. These people and projects need our help to see their good work realized. Join us as we prove just how easy it is for all of us to be #EverydayHeroes!
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. ✌
You have the power to help the Life Is Strange team combat bullying! By jumping on the #EverydayHeroes hashtag on your preferred platform, you’ll be directly raising money for bullying prevention. Give the trailer a watch (it’s narrated by the one and only Ashly Burch!) and log in to get started. Here’s how you can help:
“Tell us a story about how you overcame adversity, stood up for what’s right, or helped a friend in need. Every post on social media using the hashtag #EverydayHeroes will increase our donation to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.”
Please note that some of the artwork, pictures, and stories posted in the #EverydayHeroes tag might contain triggering content. We still encourage everyone to join in on this initiative, however, use caution when looking through the tag yourself.
GDC Diversi Scholarship
Still haven’t decided whether you’ll be attending GDC this year? We have another opportunity that may get you there! This particular scholarship is for any current EU student who will be able to travel to the U.S. for the conference, which will be taking place March 14 to March 18, 2016. If you’re a lady pursuing a degree right now, you may win an all-access pass to the event, flight expenses, and accommodation in San Francisco for five days.
You have until January 20, 2016 to apply for this! The process is pretty simple, and those who are selected from the first round will be asked to submit a video to qualify for the second round. Winners will be announced on February 8, 2016. Good luck, everyone!
We have yet another opportunity to push for good in this industry! Led by the talented Spawn On Me podcast, #Spawn4Good is currently dedicated to raising money for reproductive rights. When choosing an organization to support, they had this to say:
“We wanted to pick an organization that was using its efforts to support these marginalized groups, but especially supporting people of color. We found that National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) was an exemplary example of just that.”
For more information on the team’s efforts to spread awareness and support charity work in the gaming industry, definitely give this a read. It’s really, really heartening to see this kind of work gain some serious traction, and we’re delighted to be able to share that work with all of you.
They’ve since raised $1,337 of their $5,000 goal. It’s now up to us to boost their initiative! By jumping on the hashtag and hosting their Twitch streams, we’ll be able to get the word out quickly and efficiently. #Spawn4Good is in your hands now. Will you help?
Founded by @asiaelle, Thumbstick Mafia is a new initiative to boost the work of women in the gaming industry. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? It is, yet so much more. The goal here is to create a support network—particularly for women of color—so that a new community may be fostered. If the following sounds like something you’re down for, you’re in:
“Be open to connecting with more women gamers and fostering relationships on and offline; this includes talking about everything from gaming to streaming strategy. We want this to be a safe space to encourage and motivate each other.”
To get started, follow @ThumbstickMafia for all the latest updates. You’re also encouraged to send an email if you have a stream and would like to be included in the network. All ages and skill levels are welcome to apply! It’s always a wonderful thing to see more safe spaces crop up. We’re happy that you’re here, Thumbstick Mafia.
We recently found out about a blog called Trickette, and we absolutely, utterly adore it. Run (and written!) by @kaylesimpson, all of the content to be found here is positive, inclusive, and supportive. There are reviews, previews, analyses, and so much more. In her own words, the initiative here is pretty simple, but also absolutely necessary in the push to diversify the industry:
“Trickette is an outlet for that passion, excitement, and adoration for gaming. Through Trickette, Kayle seeks to be a positive force in the gaming community, and beyond.”
We’re so excited that this space exists! It just goes to show that all of us have the ability to make a difference in games culture. One post at a time, Trickette is pushing for positive change, and you can bet we’ll be following along on that journey. Join us!