Tanya DePass

Tanya is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.

Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She was the founding Editor In Chief of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality, and diversity. She is the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality, and other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Mic, Paste Games, and other publications.

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