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Game Addiction and Government Regulation Roundtable (Presented by IGDA)

Callen Shaw  (Lead Game Programmer, Media Rez)

Location: Room 211, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Expo, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

The rush to scapegoat gaming for causing “addiction” is accelerating around the world. Respected organizations like the World Health Organization jumped on the bandwagon, despite the American Psychiatric Association (APA) cautioning them that the diagnosis lacks “sufficient evidence.” New laws tackling loot boxes are also on the rise, government censors in countries like China are deeply damaging game companies, and the death of net neutrality in the US threatens game companies around the world. Get the latest updates and learn what you can do to protect the rights of game developers around the world


Attendees will learn about the latest threats to game developers’ creative and commercial rights, share their experiences, and learn how to fight back. They can be part of the discussion helping the developer community find solutions to the challenging creator freedom issues of the day.

Intended Audience

This roundtable is aimed at game developers and allies who want to protect game developers’ creative and commercial rights and fight censorship. No prior knowledge needed.