Kate Edwards will head the Global Game Jam indie group

The Global Game Jam announced that the outspoken video games industry veteran Kate Edwards has joined the organization as executive director. Edwards will lead and community outreach for the nonprofit group, as well as oversee administration, programs, and strategic direction. Edwards served as executive director for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to…

Kate Edwards will head the Global Game Jam indie group

The Global Game Jam announced that the outspoken video games industry veteran Kate Edwards has joined the organization as executive director.
Edwards will lead and community outreach for the nonprofit group, as well as oversee administration, programs, and strategic direction. Edwards served as executive director for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017, and she is currently CEO and principal consultant at Geogrify, a content culturalization business.
“I’ve always had a huge affinity for Global Game Jam,” said Edwards in an interview with GamesBeat. “I love what they’re doing and what they’re aspiring to become as a kind of massive global movement. It has been at the forefront of democratizing game development, down in the trenches.”
While at the IGDA, Edwards spoke out in favor of diversity and against its critics in the angry gamer movement. She did so at great personal risk. She also spoke out about crunch time, or forcing developers to work unpaid overtime, and on mental health issues in gaming.
As a geographer and speaker, Edwards has traveled the world. More recently, she has bee
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