Gender Equality Game Jam planned for September in Melbourne

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A collaboration between Girl Geek Academy, the City of Port Phillip, The Arcade and Star Health.

The Gender Equality Game Jam will take place in Melbourne in September, Girl Geek Academy, the City of Port Phillip, Star Health and The Arcade recently announced.

The “open-gendered 18+ game jam” is a collaboration between those entities and will take place over 14-15 September within Port Phillip’s The Arcade facility.

“Gender imbalance is a familiar concept in the gaming industry,” Girl Geek Academy CEO Sarah Moran said in a statement. “The Game Developers Association Australia 2018 survey revealed that only 22.9% of all gaming employees identify themselves as not men, despite 52.1% of players identifying as women and non binary.”

“Selected participants” will attend a workshop ahead of the Gender Equality Game Jam, providing the opportunity to “to work directly with experts from both the gender equality movement and the gaming industry.”

As for the actual Game Jam itself, curated teams of 3-5 will “collaboratively create a game over two days, that has a purpose of social change and challenges gendered constructs,” a press release advised.

The general public will be able to spectate on 15 September, with a “Play Party” ending the event. “People of all ages, backgrounds and genders are invited to come and play the games that were created,” the press release continued.

If you’d like to apply to be part of the Gender Equality Game Jam, you can do so here. More information can be found at that same link; applications close 16 August 2019.