Space for genderqueer, nonbinary, femmes, Two Spirit people, and trans and cis women to create games freely.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September, 7

Creating Appealing Character Narratives

Learn to centre marginalized identities and develop a compelling and diverse cast of characters in your games.

Tuesday, October, 10

Intro to WebVR

A hands-on intro to free and open-source frameworks that are making VR accessible to just about anyone with a computer and access to the web.

Dames Making Games is a not-for-profit videogame arts organization founded in Toronto in 2012. We run a wide range of programs and events for women, nonbinary, femme and queer folks interested in games. We support our membership by providing production space, education, advocacy, archiving, resource sharing and more collaborative practices.

  • Monthly social events since March 2012, featuring more than 180 speakers.
  • Regular public workshops on game design, art direction, music production, project management, business development, software tools and programming languages.
  • Quarterly salons and round-tables led by community members on topics such as labor justice, race and racism in games, copyright law, feminist modding, and more.
  • Fifteen game jams (and counting!) with more than 500 participants—many first-time gamemakers.
  • An annual 12-week immersive workshop surveying a broad range of disciplines behind unique roles, with weekly lectures and instructor-led project studios
  • Four six-week-long development workshops, introducing 50 participants to gamemaking and leading them through the completion of their first solo game.
  • Jam-style mentorship programs, with over 60 participants making a complete game in just 10 days.