Game Devs of Color Expo 2021 - Game Application
Thank you for your interest in the Game Devs of Color Expo!

If selected, your game will be offered a showcase slot during the online event between September 23rd - September 26th, 2021. Selected applicants will be sent a logistics document with further details.

When you complete this form, you’ll receive an email confirmation and a link to edit your submission. Send any questions to

We're looking for games that stand out. They can be polished commercial titles, or they can be small and personal works that make a statement. Maybe they're from beloved genres, or maybe they're experimental and surprising. We are very interested in free web games and tabletop games. It's open to released and upcoming projects alike, but we are less interested in games that are very old or that still require many more years of development. We'll especially keep an eye out for projects that translate well visually and conceptually through online video.

We do not provide written feedback for applicants.

• APRIL 15, 2021 -- Submissions close at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
• JUNE 2021 -- Curation team completes review of applications and begins sending acceptance, waitlist, and rejection letters. Due to the high volume of applicants, this process may take weeks.
• JULY 2021 -- Scheduling and gameplay footage for Dev Interviews.
• AUGUST 2021 -- Selected applicants must submit final versions of showcase assets.
• SEPTEMBER 2021 -- The #GDoCExpo online event.

The above timeline is a guideline and is subject to change.

Thanks for applying!
Email *
Full name of primary contact *
Please enter your first and last name.
Is your team predominantly comprised of people of color and/or led by people of color? *
This includes but is not limited to: Black, Latinx, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Desi, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, indigenous, and multiracial people who do not mainly identify as White. If the answer is no, please end the form here.
We are working to uplift people of color in the games space across intersections. Please tell us about your team members' backgrounds. What is your team makeup? How many identify as POC? What are their roles? *
All answers are valid - some examples: Are you a cis hetero black man? Pansexual indigenous nonbinary person? Trans Latinx woman? We want to hear from you. Please be specific and include responses for each of your team members.
Please let us know which additional special events you're applying for. By default, all applications are submissions to have an online booth on Swapcard and our website, and are also submissions for consideration for our Game Dev Awards.
Are you interested in the Developer Interviews? *
Developer Interviews are between 10-20 minutes long, and require a camera, mic, and stable internet. You will be asked to provide gameplay footage in advance. Developer interviews are pre-recorded in a single take and are broadcasted during the conference, rebroadcasted on the Steam event, and uploaded to YouTube. If selected, you will be given a small stipend. You can see examples here -
Are you interested in the GDoCExpo Direct? *
The GDoCExpo Direct requires new and exclusive gameplay footage. The GDoCExpo Direct premieres on YouTube and is rebroadcast on the Steam event. You can see an example here -
Are you interested in the GDoCExpo Steam Event? *
The GDoCExpo Steam Event requires a Steam page for your game. If you don't have one yet, we can have Valve waive the Steam Direct fee for you. The event is on the front page of Steam for the duration of the event. You can see last year's event here -
If selected, you'll have an opportunity to update your information before any public announcements are made. You can see examples of what this looks like at -
Developer Name *
If selected, this name is how your game would be credited.
Game Title *
Description *
Maximum 500 characters. A short description of the game. If selected, this is the description that would accompany your game title and image.
Short Description *
Maximum 240 characters. A very short description of the game that would fit in a tweet, or could be displayed below your Game Title.
Release Date *
If you have an exact date, provide it in MM/DD/YYYY format. Otherwise, please provide an estimate (like "Fall 2021" or "Q1 2022")
Website URL *
If selected, this URL is what we would link to. Please include the http://
Link to trailer or gameplay video *
A public-facing video works best. If you don't have one yet, you can send a private video for the curation team to review.
Link to representative image / screenshot *
If selected, this would be used as the cover image for your game online and in print. We recommend PNG with at least 1280px width.
Twitter Handle
Please include the @
Other social media links
Include links to other social media. Please don't include anything that you aren't actively using and wouldn't want us to promote.
The information in this section is application criteria and is reviewed internally by the curation team only.
Short Statement *
Please provide a very brief statement about your project or your team. Feel free to write about anything, or use any of these example questions: Why do you want to showcase at GDoCExpo? How might it be important to you? What makes your project or team special?
Link to playable demo *
Please provide the curation team with any links, keys, or access instructions. If the format of the project doesn't allow for this, please include any alternate means for the curation team to review your application.
Steam link
If applicable, link your Steam page here.
Additional info / other links
Feel free to provide anything additional that might help the curation team understand your application better.
The information in this section is for informational purposes and is not application criteria.
Do you own the intellectual property for this game? *
If you do not, please explain the situation in the last question ("Any additional notes")
What genre is your game?
Any single term that helps us categorize your work. If needed, list multiple genres with a comma. You can see an example of how it might be displayed here -
What platforms do you plan to release your game on? *
Select only the options that are confirmed or would otherwise be OK to announce.
Have you showcased a game at an online event before? If so, what events were they?
If you've never shown a game through an online event before, leave this question blank.
Any additional notes or comments for the curation team?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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