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IGDA Advocacy Training Roundtable

Andrew Greenberg  |  President, Georgia Game Developers Association

Location: Room 113, North Hall

Format: Roundtable
Track: Advocacy
Vault Recording: Not Recorded

As game creators, we have a passion for not only the entertainment value of games but also the positive role they serve in our lives and in society. However, it's clear that not everyone shares our passion. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless negative coverage, scapegoating and outright demonization of our work and play. But game developers are not helpless. There's a lot we can do to expose bogus research, refute biased media coverage and push back against government censorship. Game developers have helped balance the media's anti-game coverage by revealing the flaws in pro-censorship research. The momentum (and the facts) are on our side. Not all advocacy is defensive. We have won tax breaks, special incentives and even outright cash awards that were once available only to other industries. We are becoming a more common sight at state legislatures, congressional hearings and even at the White House. There is much we can gain from working with government and the media, and much they can gain from listening to us. Learn what the IGDA has been doing to counter the pervasive anti-game bias and find out the many options available to empower yourself, including media training, community outreach and working with our natural allies.