Beyond Beer Fridays: Building Inclusive Games Culture Within Our Industry
Advocacy & Industry
Date : Monday, November 12th - 11.00 - 12.00 > 511A
Description: for much of the games industry, drinking goes hand-in-hand with networking and socializing. Beer Fridays are a perk we often see advertised to new candidates. Open bars are how we interact with our colleagues at conferences. As we’re seeing on social media, there is a demand for an industry that needs to evolve socially. Using existing events and perks, we'll demonstrate ways to distance games from alcohol, better support & include diversity and be healthier by moving away from an emphasis on party culture.
Targeted public: this talk is geared for all audiences. Anyone involved in studios, community, grassroots organizations, event organizers, managers/leads and HR could all benefit from hearing about building a better, healthier and diverse culture for game developers.
Takeaways: Benefits to creating social opportunities away from party culture / Who is being excluded by the existing culture of this industry / How building an "alternative culture" distanced from alcoholic can better support diversity / Examples of existing events, programs and perks to be inspired by