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The Blacks in Gaming Green Room 2019

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Xbox is once again proud to host the 14th annual BiG Green Room during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Join us to connect & network with other game creators, developers, writers, artists, and more. 

Please note Minna Gallery is a 21+ only venue.


Enjoy private listening sessions with industry veterans as they share insights from their work on popular games and gaming technology. This year Fireside Chats will be hosted in a seperate venue prior to the event. Check back here for more details as they become available. 


The 2019 call for applications to the Jerry Lawson Grant for Career Development, presented by Xbox, is now closed and the recipients have been notified. Thank you to all who applied!

Gerald A. “Jerry” Lawson (1940-2011), one of the first African American engineers in the video game industry, was the inventor of the Channel-F gaming console. Released in November 1976 by Fairchild Semiconductor, the Channel-F was the world’s first gaming system to utilize swappable ROM cartridges with a console that featured a microprocessor, the Fairchild F8 CPU. Lawson’s invention set the standard for the gaming industry going forward and changed the business model for the monetization of the console and the cartridge as separate entities.

To honor Jerry Lawson’s legacy, Xbox will present a career development grant to five (5) people who identify as black and/or of African descent. Ideal candidates are already involved in the industry in some way (e.g., students of game design; developers, artists, designers, or other roles at solo or indie studios; budding games journalists, bloggers, or streamers.) but are not yet fully connected to the networks and resources needed to fully break through. Preference will be given to applicants who do not work at a AAA studio and have not previously worked at one as a full-time employee for more than one year.

Winners will receive:

  • a pass to attend the Game Developers Conference + Summit in San Francisco, California.
  • a ticket to the Blacks in Gaming Green Room event on Wednesday, March 20
  • a private meet-and-greet event with current members and leaders in the gaming industry

Costs for travel, expenses and accommodations are not included as part of the grant. Selected winners will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation to San Francisco.


We are throwing multiple events at GDC. Please consider joining us at any of these other community gatherings. 


If you require accessibility accomodations please do not hesitate to contact us through this site.


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We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, messages, images, or interactions by any party participant, in any form, at any aspect of the program including business and social activities, regardless of location.

We do not tolerate any behavior that is degrading to any gender, race, sexual orientation or disability, or any behavior that would violate the company’s Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, or Standards of Business Conduct, even if the entertainment is not paid for by Microsoft. In short, the entire experience at the venue must meet our culture standards.

We encourage everyone to assist in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Please report any concerns, harassing behavior, or suspicious or disruptive activity to venue staff, the event host or owner, or the nearest event staff. We also encourage employees to contact their Microsoft Manager or our Business Conduct Hotline (1-877-320-MSFT orbuscond@microsoft.com​) at any time if you feel a party is against our policy or inconsistent with the Microsoft culture.Outside the United States, call collect to 1-470-219-7087.

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March 20
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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