A New Way to Support Diversity in Games: Introducing Found Loot!
“Sometimes all you need is a little boost to keep going, so we’re trying to do that.”
This week, we’re really excited to share a new initiative for diversity in games: Found Loot!
Found Loot brings people in gaming together to help fund new games and gaming projects by and for diverse creators. It’s started by #INeedDiverseGames, led by founder Tanya DePass, and is seeking new members now. Participants in Found Loot pledge $50 a month, and fund a different game, gaming project or related initiative each and every month.
Found Loot fills a vital gap in the gaming space: often, diverse creators are cut out from mainstream games funding and profits, don’t have access to major games publications and events, and face serious harassment that profoundly threatens their work. And while online harassment has brought diversity in gaming into the spotlight, that awareness hasn’t always translated into tangible support for the work of marginalized creators in the field. Further, major crowdfunding campaigns on platforms like Kickstarter aren’t necessarily the right choice for independent creators, leaving them with few other options; for these creators, Found Loot provides a promising alternative. “We’re looking for things that don’t quite fit into a Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or GoFundMe campaign,” Tanya told us. “Sometimes all you need is a little boost to keep going, so we’re trying to do that.”