Google Play launches Infinite Deviation: Games to bring new voices to mobile games
Google Play has partnered with creative agency Ideas United to create a new gaming focused edition of its Infinite Deviation program.
The Infinite Deviation program is designed to improve the representation of women, people of colour, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and other under represented groups in computer science. The first product of this was a series of short films dispelling stereotypes about computer science.
Infinite Deviation: Games will take this one step further by giving game designers from all backgrounds the chance to pitch their mobile game idea to Google Play. Winning designs will then be developed, published, and promoted in partnership with Google Play.
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The entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will decide on three overall winners. They will be looking for originality, creativity, and a strong narrative that promotes better representation.
Infinite Deviation: Games is accepting entries until October 9th, and entrants must have less than two years’ experience in the games industry. Those eligible can enter at the Infinite Deviation website.
Google Play recently announced the 20 finalists for its Indie Games Festival competition.
The 20 games on show, as chosen by Google, will be:
- 7 Pin Pool – SPG Inc
- Age of Rivals – Roboto Games
- Beast Brawlers – PvP Arena – V2 Games Inc.
- Brave Hand – Heart Shaped Games
- Covens – Raincrow Studios, LLC
- Crashy Cars – pixelbizarre
- Dokudo – Sense of Wonder
- Flipping Legend – Hiding Spot
- Gladiator Rising – Happii Gamer Studio
- Jigsaw Story – Happy Square Studio Inc
- Loteria Latin Bingo – Gorilla Bean Games
- Maruta Escape – Busan Sanai Games
- NoStranger – Black Vein Productions
- Slayaway Camp – Blue Wizard Digital
- Space Tunnel – Spacewave Studios
- Splitter Critters – RAC7
- Star Vikings Forever – Akupara Games
- Storm Wars – Zom.bio
- Tiny Bubbles – Pine Street Codeworks
- Topsoil – Nico Prins
The final will be held on September 23rd at SPiN in San Francisco.