MidBoss and VisitTulsa, the organisers behind GaymerX and XPO Game Festival, will be collaborating this year to spread the importance of diversity and inclusion in the games industry.
The first event, GaymerX, will be held this September 30, embracing its fourth annual run to celebrate diversity within the gaming sphere. According to an official press release, the event will see a number of “high-profile speakers” engage in talks surrounding controversial topics, while various “special events” and gaming demonstrations will also be on offer. The event will be held at Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California, and will run until October 2 2016.
“GaymerX’s mission includes exposing people to rarely discussed social concepts and issues in games while creating a fun, inviting space.” said Matt Conn, MidBoss CEO and founder of GaymerX. “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.”
XPO Game Festival, on the other hand, is the “first ever full-scale game festival to be hosted in America’s Heartland,” and will be span September 23 until September 25 2016. The festival will feature a variety of activities, including panel speakers, film screenings, LAN party areas and a bunch of Indie Games to get into. According to the press release, there’s even a laser-tag arena. It’ll take place at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Like GaymerX, everyone has a place at XPO — regardless of gender, ethnicity, or orientation.” says Matt Stockman, Events Manager at Tulsa Regional Chamber sector, VisitTulsa. “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.”