As many folks will know by now, the tragic death of George Floyd has spurred on a wave of angry protests against the US authorities. So far, many videogame companies have responded to the situation with support for the black community, and now it looks like Yacht Club Games is throwing in their hat into the ring as well.
The Shovel Knight developers released a new statement about how they would be supporting the Black Lives Matter movement presently and in the future. Aside from amplifying black voices, the company also pledged a number of $20,000 donations to various organizations either supporting black communities or the current protests.
You can find an excerpt from Yacht Club’s official blog below:
Here is what Yacht Club Games is doing in defense of Black lives right now:
Donating $20,000 to the following organizations:
- Black Lives Matter
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- National Bail Network
- Los Angeles Action Bail Fund
- People’s City Council Los Angeles
The Yacht Club Games team is marching.
We are calling our leaders.
We are learning and inviting others to learn.
We are demanding change.
Here is what Yacht Club Games is doing in support of Black lives continuing into the future
We will be taking efforts to support black developers, creators, players, and other people of color within the gaming community:
Donations, outreach, support, and active partnering organizations promoting inclusivity and diversity efforts. Organizations we’ve donated to support:
- Black Girls Code
- Game Devs of Color Expo
- Game Heads
Increasing our local outreach to promote education and opportunity awareness for Black and other people of color within the Game Development community.
Creating space for mentorship opportunities, portfolio reviews, and building out training resources to support Black and other people of color entering the gaming space.
Re-evaluating our hiring process, including how and where we promote job opportunities and what qualifications we screen for.
We’ll report back as the gaming world continues to morph around the situation. Stay tuned.