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Gals That Game Jam provides opportunities for female game developers

You may not have heard about the Gals That Game Jam before, which means now is a good time to get acquainted with the event that provides interesting, ripe opportunities for female game developers. And yes, they are inclusive of trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

The Gals That Game Jam first took place last August, 2019. This year the Jam hopes to be bigger and better than ever, having already placed tickets for the event up on Eventbrite.

Gayming Magazine is always ready to hear more about groups and activities that help women get into gaming, so to learn more, we reached out to Gals That Game’s Games Hub Manager, Heidi Love, to find out more.

“At the Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship, we wanted to create a space where women could get together and find out about making games and about the games industry in a supportive environment.” Love told Gayming Magazine. “Women only make up 12% of the workforce within the gaming industry, so we wanted to create something which would help to promote gaming to females.”

“We are hoping that we grow the event year on year and that it reaches out to any female interested in the games industry.  We want the event to be supportive and encouraging to all who attend.  It is an ideal opportunity for women to find out about game development as well as sharing ideas with likeminded people. The terms ‘female’ and ‘women’ are inclusive of trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-orientated.”

If you’d like to know more about the specifics of the event, we recommend reading the details below.

“The Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurs at the University of Suffolk is hosting ‘Gals that Game’ on 17 & 18 April 2020. This event is the second all-female games jam at the University of Suffolk, offering a friendly and supportive environment for those interested in exploring the field of game development.

We are excited to be supported by Women in Games, as well as local game developers.

The event begins on Friday 17 April at 10 am with an introduction from the University and a talk from the industry. Following this, teams will be formed and games developed over the 2 days.

Gals that Game provides the ideal opportunity for women to find out more about the games development industry, as well as a forum to share and put into practice creative ideas with like-minded people.

This two-day event will run from 10 am to 8 pm on Friday 17 April and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday 18 April.”

The event will be available only for those who are 18 and over.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.