DMG is a not-for-profit feminist organization dedicated to supporting dames interested in making, playing, and changing games.

We aim to:

Demonstrate the value and impact of diversity in a broad range of disciplines related to games

Highlight the achievements and stories of diverse Toronto-based gamemakers

Provide a community and venue for dames to confidently explore playing, critiquing, and creating games

Dames Making Games is a not-for-profit organization founded in Toronto in 2012.

We run a wide range of programs and events for women, non-binary, gender nonconforming, trans and queer folks interested in games. We are member-run and member-funded, arts-focused, technology positive, collaborative, engaged, and welcoming!

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What We Do

  • Monthly social events

    Presentations by 3-5 women involved in the game industry and/or community. Since March 2012, over 90 speakers have shared their game projects and career stories.

  • public workshops

    Hands-on sessions covering game design, art direction, music production, project management, critique, business development, software tools and programming languages.

  • Quarterly salons and round-tables

    Reading and deep discussion focused events led by community members on topics such as labor justice, race and racism in games, copyright law, feminist modding, and more.

  • Quarterly game jams

    Our regular member jams are a fun way for participants to dive in and create a small game in 2 days. Many first-time gamemakers join in, though the format is best suited to those who have made a game before.

  • Ongoing workshop series

    New Game Makers surveys a broad range of disciplines behind unique roles in the game industry, with weekly lectures and instructor-led project studios.

  • 6-week-long intensive workshops

    Introducing 30 participants to gamemaking and leading them through the completion of their first solo game.

  • jam-style mentorship programs

    With one mentor per participate, and dames brand-new to games make a complete game in just two weekends.

  • Community-engaged scholarship and knowledge mobilization

    Our members regularly participate in a range of collaborative, participatory action-oriented research (PAR) activities with local, national and internationally recognized scholars representing a wide range of disciplines, including: game studies, communications, education, digital media, computer science, art and new media, cultural studies, gender, feminist and women's studies, and more.

What We Believe

We believe game-making can be an act of resistance, giving creators ultimate agency in the expression of their identities, politics, selves, genders and sexualities. Our work has the power to transform our communities, and positively impact industry policies and practice.

We believe that creating space and time to make and talk about games in an explicitly feminist context elevates the craft, amplifies alternative and diverse narratives, and supports the socio-cultural changes that are necessary to make game design accessible to all.

We are interested in creating alternative forms of economic power grounded in solidarity, openness and collective values.

We are committed to collaborating with academic researchers seeking to CO-CONSTRUCT and MOBILIZE KNOWLEDGE that will help us achieve our aims as an organization.

We are committed to developing, contributing to, experimenting with, promoting and sharing knowledge about free and open source tools and platforms.

We are committed to the ongoing work of anti-oppression and anti-racism.

Games can be fun, not-fun, art, commodity, experiential, theoretical, heartbreaking or affirming. We make, play and talk about them because they are important to us.

What's in a Dame?

We welcome and affirm all people of any gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, religion, disability, nationality, socioeconomic status and immigrant status as members and community participants.

If you choose to identify yourself to us as a woman, non-binary, and/or trans woman, you are eligible to vote at our AGM as a Class A member.

Most of our events are open to the public, but occasionally we hold members-only events—these are clearly identified as such on the registration page.

Read our statement on diversity and inclusiveness, and venue accessibility information.

Board of Directors

Jennie Faber

Jennie is a front-end Web developer and partner in Bento Box; she also co-founded and runs Bento Miso by day, night, and everything in between.

Her first game was a Snake/Roach BASIC mashup copied out of 3-2-1 Contact in 1989.

Cecily Carver

Cecily co-founded Dames Making Games after participating in 2011's Difference Engine Initiative and making the Victorian stealth game Adeline's Elopement. She's an arts-lover, software developer, speaker, and game developer.

Soha Kareem

Soha is a games writer and experimental designer in Toronto, who also works in community management. Her first game was an experiment made in Construct 2, and she likes playing with Twine and Ren'Py!

Izzie Colpitts-Campbell

Izzie is a software/electronic artist and game developer, with an special interest in body-centric technologies.

Her first game was Wingman, a traditional platforming misadventure about going out for a few drinks with a friend, made during DMG's 2013 program, Junicorn.

Stephanie Fisher

Stephanie is a critical education researcher interested in supporting feminist pedagogy and responsible community-engaged scholarship. She is passionate about mentoring young women to pursue their dreams in digital games, whatever those dreams may be. She made her first game—Salsa Loco—while participating in 2011's Difference Engine Initiative.

Past Directors

Alex Leitch (2012-2014)