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Investing in the Future: Narrative Mentorship

Bobby Stein  (Associate Narrative Director, ArenaNet)

Novera King  (Writer/Narrative Designer, ArenaNet)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Narrative Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Satisfying the needs and wants of a global audience takes a big, diverse development team. But finding qualified creatives from all walks of life is a difficult challenge. To tackle this problem, the ArenaNet Narrative Team sought to invest in the future via mentorship. Join Associate Narrative Director Bobby Stein and Writer/Narrative Designer Novera King in a 30-minute lecture that details the successes and failures they experienced in ArenaNet's first outreach program.


Building globally appealing games requires diverse teams, but finding qualified candidates from underrepresented backgrounds can be difficult. Through a combination of lessons, workshops, and assignments, you can develop a narrative mentorship program designed to attract a diverse array of promising new talent.

Intended Audience

This lecture is geared toward narrative, HR, and management professionals looking to diversify their staff to improve the creative variety in their content and remain competitive in a global market.