On Wednesday, Limit Break announced that it is returning for its fifth year of offering mentorship to underrepresented communities within the UK games industry, with applications for this year’s session opening on April 12.
“Our goal is to facilitate connections and provide structure for the ever-young workforce to those with experience,” the Limit Break website reads. “We want our participants to grow and have the chance to advance their careers, and keep the games industry rich with diverse talent and passion.”
According to the 2022 UK Games Industry Census, conducted by Ukie, 30% of the industry is made up of female-identified folks, while nonbinary people make up only 3%, transgender people make up only 4%, and only 11% of people working in games are Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME).
Limit Break pairs volunteer mentors with at least five years of experience working in any industry and at least a year working in games with mentees who have applied to participate. Mentors must be based in the UK, or work for a parent company that is. Additionally, both parties need to be able to commit to a six-month mentorship period.
The requirements for mentees to be eligible are as follows:
- Must be currently living in the UK
- From one or more of the following underrepresented groups:
- Women, trans men, and non-binary people
- People of Colour / Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
- Disabled or Neurodiverse people
- Currently working in any industry at any experience level, prior games industry experience not needed
- If you are a student, we only accept postgraduate students. Undergraduates must be graduating in 2023
The actual mentorship program will consist of a mixture of online and in-person events, which will include meetings with mentors, as well as socials with other participants, dedicated Notion pages and Slack channels, podcast episodes, and more.
Those looking to take part in this year’s Limit Break mentorship program will be able to apply via the organization’s website starting on Wednesday, April 12.