Who Gets to Make Video Games?

Access and Opportunity

May 31 2023 • 26 mins

On this episode, we discuss the lack of representation in the video game industry, from the stories that get told in games to the people who get to make them. While gamers of color are more active than their white counterparts, they still only make up about 13% of the gaming development industry, according to a study by Pew Research. First, we hear from Neil Jones, a Black video game developer who went independent after struggling for years to break into the industry. He shares what inspired him to pursue a career in video game development and the difficulties he and his peers faced looking for employment at traditional gaming studios. He shares how he  created and released his own survival game, Aerial Knight’s Never Yield, to carve his own path in. Then, host Carla Harris sits down with Damon Packwood, co-founder of Gameheads, a video game industry job training non-profit aimed at preparing marginalized students for work in the lucrative video game industry. We discuss how the marginalized youth in his Bay Area community are primed to take advantage of the upcoming demographics shift within the gaming community.

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