Train2Game News Robert Yang Receives Gayming Icon Award

Gayming Magazine is proud to reveal that renowned game developer Robert Yang will be the recipient of the Gayming Icon Award at this year’s Gayming Awards.

The Gayming Icon award is given to an individual that has significantly contributed towards furthering the status and increasing the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community in the gaming industry.

Described as “one of the most controversial game developers in the world”, Yang has been the driving force behind potentially the purest definition of “queer games”. His work, including historical bathroom simulator The Tearoom and male shower simulator, Rinse and Repeat, explores the world of gay relationships and intimacy.
 

Yang has previously called for the games industry to be more open about topics like sexuality, noting how queer sexual content is banned or minimized in certain areas. Importantly, this is framed through a lens of respect and consent with Yang calling the industry to be more open in regard to sexuality and sexual content.

Upon accepting his award, Robert Yang wanted to share the following message: “Thanks for naming me the Gayming Icon this year. The goal of my games has always been to explore gay and queer sexuality in games, and it’s always very motivating and encouraging to know there’s an audience for this type of work. Thanks for your time and attention. I also want to thank the countless trans women who pioneered so much queer game design practice before me — yet so many have been forced out of games by right-wing harassment movements or by the larger lack of institutional support from the industry. Let us remember that better representation means more than diverse fictional characters, it also means empowering and supporting real marginalized people and their real lives.”
 

Robin Gray, founder and editor of Gayming Magazine had the following to say on Yang’s award: “The Gayming Awards celebrates all types of queer games as art forms. Robert Yang’s work in celebrating and exploring consenting gay intimacy, sex, and kink is something that should be widely celebrated, not shied away from. He has single-handedly defined a whole genre of gay games and I am so proud that we have chosen him to be the recipient of our Gayming Icon Award for 2021.”
 

Previously, Robert Yang was an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Game Center. He holds a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School for Design. Find out more about Robert Yang at his website: debacle.us
 

The Gayming Awards 2021, presented by EA Games, exclusively on Twitch, will broadcast February 24th at 20:00 GMT. As with the Gayming Icon Award, the nominations and winners of each category have been voted upon by a committee of LGBTQ+ video game industry professionals.
 

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News Gayming Awards To Be Broadcast On Twitch

Gayming Magazine are thrilled to announce that The Gayming Awards presented by EA Games will be exclusively broadcast worldwide on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/gaymingmag/, February 24th 2021, 20:00 GMT.

The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of video gaming.

Alongside this announcement, Gayming Magazine will also be welcoming several new sponsors for the 2021 Gayming Awards. Xbox, PlayStation, Hangar 13, Sold Out Games and Rocksteady will be joining the cohort of sponsors already partnered with the event.

Each award category will be represented by a different sponsor, the list you can find below:

  • Game of the Year – EA Games
  • Gayming Magazine Reader’s Award – PlayStation 
  • Best LGBTQ Indie Game – Xbox 
  • LGBTQ Streamer of the Year – Twitch 
  • Industry Diversity Award – Square Enix 
  • Authentic Representation Award – Green Man Gaming 
  • Best LGBTQ Character – Rocksteady 
  • Best LGBTQ Narrative – Hangar 13 
     

On the Gayming Awards, Erin Wayne, Head of Community and Creator Marketing at Twitch, had the following to say: “Twitch is a place where people from all walks of life come together to share experiences and build community. The LGTBQIA+ community is one of the most passionate, welcoming, and engaging communities on Twitch and we are proud to support and recognize their achievements. We look forward to being the home for this year’s Gayming Awards, as well as presenting the award for the LGBTQ Streamer of the Year.”

Gayming Magazine has also revealed the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt, made in collaboration with Seven Squared. Proceeds from the shirt will be going to the video games mental health charity Safe In Our World. The t-shirt is available now at this link.

 Kim Parker-Adcock, trustee of Safe In Our World, had the following to say on the collaboration, “We’re delighted to see Gayming Magazine and Seven Squared’s collaboration to create the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt – this will support Safe In Our World in our mission and allow us to keep making positive change within the industry and beyond.” 

Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News Gayming Awards Coming 2021

Today Gayming Magazine are happy to announce that they will be rolling out the virtual pink carpet to celebrate the Gayming Awards on 24th February 2021 20:00 GMT.

The show will be streamed to viewers around the world alongside a plethora of exciting sponsors, including presenting partner EA Games, Square Enix, Green Man Gaming, Jagex and Creative Assembly amongst others to be announced. 

Colin Blackwood, UKI Country Manager from presenting partner EA Games had the following to say on the awards, “EA are delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Gayming Awards. As one of the founding partners of the #RaiseTheGame pledge, we’re committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion within the games industry and the Gayming Awards is a great opportunity to do just that.”

Additionally, the voting window for public nominations for Industry Diversity Award, Best LGBTQ Indie Game and Best LGBTQ Streamer closes on October 31st. You can find the other award categories here.

The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of videogames. Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.

All games released in the calendar year of 2020 will be eligible for the Gayming Awards and voting will take place through November and December 2020.

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News Gayming Live Career Help

A full day of careers advice, CV polishing, job opportunities and more will be held during the Gayming Live week, which is being held throughout London from Monday September 30th.

On Wednesday October 2nd, people interested in a career in games are invited along to Soho Radio on Great Windmill Street, London, where staff from multi-award-winning specialist games recruitment agency Amiqus will be on hand to provide advice on the multitude of positions options available – and, importantly, how to get a foot on the careers ladder.

What’s more, visitors to the event will be even be able to apply for jobs there and then.

This event is suitable for people of all levels, whether you’re new to the industry, or a seasoned pro looking for their next big move!

In addition, there will be a series of careers-focused radio shows broadcast throughout the day. These can be accessed via http://www.sohoradiolondon.com.

“We’re delighted to be able to be hosting the Careers Day during the Gayming Live week,” said Liz Prince, Business Manager at Amiqus. “We know that there are many, many students who desperately want to move into the exciting world of video games, but don’t know where to start. Similarly, we want to show those who aren’t necessarily gamers that there’s a place for them within games – whether that’s in programming, marketing, design, audio, media or beyond. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in games to Soho Radio.”

Robin Gray, Co-Founder of Gayming Magazine, and the brainchild of Gayming Live added: “Our Careers Day during Gayming Live is for everyone with an interest in working in games, not just those within the LGBTQ community. We look forward to welcoming students and more along to Soho House, and hopefully kickstarting some new careers!”

Sponsored by Chappy, Green Man Gaming’s Pride Run, Mediatonic, Amiqus, Fusebox Games, Modern Wolf and Failbetter Games – and supported by Ditch The Label, Soho Radio, Jaegermeister and Magic Notion – Gayming Live will take place from September 30th until Saturday October 5th, with a series of events taking place at a pop-up shop in Great Windmill Street, London. A dedicated Gayming radio show will take also take place throughout the week, with all the events and initiatives throughout Gayming Live designed to bring the community together and replicate the ethos and fun of the Gayming magazine itself.

Highlights of the Gayming Live week include:

  • Discover the art of gaming – an exhibition of LGBTQ game artists
  • Pride Run preview & competition – check out the dance-tastic new game from Green Man Gaming
  • LGBTQ industry mixer – grab a drink and network with fellow industry professionals
  • Careers workshops – CV polishing and advice, courtesy of Amiqus
  • Ginny Lemon’s 8-Bit Drag Show – Video games meet drag queens
  • Writing for video games – Story writers from Fusebox Games will be offering top tips and ideas

These events are FREE to attend. The itinerary and locations can be found here – https://gaymingmag.com/gayminglive2019/

Train2Game News Mobile game to support LGBTQ

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Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced the worldwide availability of Pridefest™, an original social-sim game inspired by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as on Google Play for Android devices, Pridefest is a free-to-play game designed to emulate the colorful atmosphere and inclusive spirit of the hundreds of real-world Pride parades held annually around the world. In anticipation of the launch, Atari first showcased Pridefest at NYC Pride and Flame Con where members of the LGBTQ community and allies received an exclusive sneak peek of the game. For more on their reactions and excitement, check out the highlight video https://e1.m.tt/a/nrrobhrb.html

To download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:
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To download on Google Play for Android devices:
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“Pride is only one small portion of the diverse LGBTQ culture and community, but it is one centered on freedom of expression, the pursuit of equality, and shared celebration. Pridefest was designed to celebrate progress the LGBTQ community has made toward equality while working to emulate the spirited and celebratory atmosphere of today’s real-world parades,” said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer of Atari. “It was that spirited atmosphere that especially drew us to the idea of Pride as an overarching theme and parades as the core gameplay mechanic. ”

As the new mayor of a city that has seemingly lost its fun and color overnight, Pridefest players are tasked with bringing the city back to its former glory. The mayor must transform buildings from dull to bright by spreading joy throughout the city, acting as the Grand Marshal and restoring pride throughout the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. Players can showcase their personality by customizing avatars, shops and storefronts, and pride flotillas while following an engaging storyline through more than 40 quests to unlock new content. Fill the “Fun Meter” to achieve the city’s optimal happiness and make the citizens cheerful again.

“As Atari’s first game developed in support of LGBTQ equality, Pridefest works to bridge the gap between this underserved community and the gaming industry,” said Chesnais. “While creating a fun, inclusive game members of the community and allies can enjoy was an important goal, we hope that Pridefest also serves as a platform for members of the LGBTQ community to connect in a safe, supportive atmosphere.”

Packed with social features designed to encourage players to connect on a global scale – Pridefest boasts one-to-one chat functionality, options to visit and run pride parades in far-off cities created by other Pridefest players, as well as a “club” system that allows the formation of in-game groups. The various social features can be turned on or off, based on the preferences of players.

Also essential to the Pridefest experienceis the level of personalization, which is incorporated throughout the game. Avatar customization gives players the choice of dozens of body types, hairstyles, clothing, and accessories to personalize. Pride flotillas provide another opportunity for customization, with various themes, mascots, decorations, and more available to incorporate into each parade.  

Pridefest is developed in partnership with Mad Marshmallow. To learn more and download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or on Google Play for Android devices, visit PridefestGame.com.