Our 2019 GDC Scholarship Applications

closed on December 11, 2018

I Need Diverse Games is excited to announce that in partnership with the Game Developers Conference, we continue to be part of the GDC Scholarship program!
We will be awarding 25 Conference + Summits passes to the 2019 Game Developers Conference, held March 18 – March 22, 2019 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. The GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where game developers of all disciplines gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

This conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions. The all-access pass provides entry to all 5 days of the event, including the IGF Festival, the Game Developer Choice Awards, all GDC sponsored mixers and parties, the Game Career Seminar and more.

I Need Diverse Games is dedicated to increasing diversity both in-game and in studio, and we will be awarding these scholarships to members of marginalized groups (person of color, LGBTQIA, woman, or reside at an intersection of those identities) who would not have the opportunity to attend the GDC without financial assistance. Whether you make diverse games or otherwise intentionally furthers the agenda for diversification of gaming (though podcasts, streaming, or other media critique and content) we want to hear from you!

If you are not a member of these marginalized groups but your work is dedicated to increasing diversity in the video game industry, you are welcome to apply, however to uphold our mission statement and to give opportunities to those underrepresented in gaming, we will give preference to members of those groups.

We will review applications after the submission period closes, and update applicants soon after. Submit only one application! Please review your application carefully before submitting it to us. If you have issues with the form, please email us immediately at

We expect to get far more applications than passes, so keep that in mind as you apply. Preference will be given to marginalized members of the community who may not otherwise have a chance to attend an industry event. Please do not email, twitter DM, Facebook message us to ask about the status of your application before the application cycle ends.

We will aim to notify Conference + Summits pass recipients by email within three weeks after the application deadline at the very latest.

Applications will be reviewed by a small committee consisting of:

  • Tanya DePass
  • Jane Ng
  • Andrien Bingnie
  • Glenn White
  • Bianca Anderson

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