GaymerX & XPO Game Festival Join Forces to Advance Diversity in the Game Industry
MidBoss and VisitTulsa, the organizers of two upcoming game events — GaymerX and XPO Game Festival — are working together to spread the word about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the game industry. Today’s announcement cements a like-minded collaboration effort to promote the incredible value of gaming culture as an open forum where all are welcome.
Now in its fourth year, GaymerX is dedicated to celebrating diversity and inclusiveness in gaming. Featuring high-profile speakers discussing controversial topics, special events, and tons of games, GaymerX. Year 4 (GX4) will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California September 30 — October 2, 2016. Matt Conn, CEO of MidBoss and Founder of GaymerX, spoke about increasing diversity, saying:
“GaymerX’s mission includes exposing people to rarely discussed social concepts and issues in games while creating a fun, inviting space. Our collaboration with XPO Game Festival will let us share this message with parts of the country that might not regularly have the chance to openly debate these issues. We were ecstatic to learn of XPO’s stance on this very important topic — and we welcome the organizers and the audience to this industry we all know and love.”
Featuring a retro lounge, Indie Alley, panel speakers, tabletop games, film screenings, LAN party areas, a laser tag arena, concerts and afterparties, XPO is the first ever full-scale game festival to be hosted in America’s Heartland. The inaugural XPO Game Festival will take place at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 23–25, 2016. Matt Stockman, Events Manager of VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, also spoke about the issue, saying:
“Like GaymerX, everyone has a place at XPO — regardless of gender, ethnicity, or orientation. Closely following the trend for more inclusiveness, XPO will feature transgender restrooms and open discussions on any and all topics related to the game industry and gaming culture. The Tulsa Chamber also has its own diversity business council known as MOSAIC — which educates, leads and influences businesses on creating diverse and inclusive workforce cultures. We’re embracing diversity by creating an event that’s open to all walks of life.”