Girls Make Games, the international program working to help promote gender diversity in gaming, is working with Nintendo of America for a very special 2019.
Nintendo is joining Girls Make Games to host a game development summer camp at the Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond, Washington this year. The camp is designed to help inspire and educate girls from 8 to 17 who are looking to pursue careers in the video game industry.
The camp is a 3-week long experience that takes place from July 8 through July 26, and middle and high school girls will be taught during the camp the basics of designing, programming, and pitching their own unique video games. They'll be split up into teams to create their own games and work alongside professional video game industry members in the area to help them along.
Nintendo will also work to provide scholarship opportunities for the girls while they're there and offer mentorship from female executives in the company. Nintendo will help showcase a few of the different roles throughout Nintendo as well as the industry as a whole, such as marketing, legal, finance, design, PR, and other jobs that girls may be interested in checking out when they grow up.
Friends, we're thrilled to share our newest summer camp to be hosted at @NintendoAmerica in Redmond, WA!— Girls Make Games (@GirlsMakeGames) March 27, 2019
A huge thank you to NoA for supporting the program and our efforts to create a more inclusive industry. Learn more: https://t.co/dBWv2SqSRw
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“The idea that girls are not interested in playing or making games just isn’t true. Stop by a GMG workshop and you’ll find a room filled with passionate creatives, teeming with ideas the world is yet to see. Their biggest challenge has never been lack of motivation, it’s limited access to opportunities,” said Laila Shabir, CEO and co-founder of Girls Make Games.
“It is my dream that every girl who wants to make a game, or work in the industry can access a path to it. We have our work cut out for us, but with the help of industry leaders like Nintendo of America, we can move the needle in the right direction."
Tuition for the summer camp is $1,500 and registration is found over at the official Girls Make Games website. If you know a girl who'd love to attend, you can start signing up now.
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Girls Make Games is an excellent initiative. I think it sucks that gamedev is so male dominated.