PAX East 2018: Shawn Allen Game Devs Of Color Exclusive Interview

Shawn Allen dropped by the livestream at this year's PAX East to talk about his storied career in games and his work in bringing gamers with varied backgrounds together for collaborative creative projects. 


Shawn Allen has been in the games industry for quite a while now. In that time he's gone from working on some of Rockstar Games' most popular titles to an unsuccessful attempt at making his own indie game through Kickstarter. Now and days Shawn is not only working on turning the lessons he learned from his Kickstarter into a successful launch for his own game Treachery In Beatdown City, but he's also helping other people of color within the gaming community connect and realize their own potential through his work with the Game Devs of Color Expo.

Shacknews editor Charles Singletary sat down with Shawn during PAX East 2018 to chat about his history in the gaming industry and where he's headed now. Shawn offers up advice and anecdotes on how to navigate the industry and also talks about how the Game Devs of Color Expo helps indie artists from all sorts of creative backgrounds find each other and collaborate on video game projects. 

For those interested in learning more about the Game Devs of Color Expo, which will be held July 14 in New York City, be sure to head to their website for details. Shawn is also looking to launch Treachery in Beatdown City this year over the summer on PC, but there's no firm release date just yet. 

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    April 10, 2018 1:26 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, PAX East 2018: Shawn Allen Game Devs Of Color Exclusive Interview

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      April 10, 2018 2:31 PM

      Yay! I'm excited for the second annunal Game Devs of Color Expo (and also Treachery in Beatdown City ). Looking forward to seeing how it goes and what it continues to brings forward.

      Plz to maybe have coverage Shacknews????

      Also I'm a bit bummed as this reminds me that not only did I not get to chat with him at East on account of missing it, but I'm not sure that we ran into each other at West 2017 either, which makes for a a pretty bad break of tradition.

      I guess I'm trying to say that Shawn is a cool person, that he is doing awesome things for game dev, and that I appreciate all he is doing including how outspoken he is.

      (I've not met Charles but he seems pretty rad too. Maybe PAX West?)

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