“Girls Make Games” Comes to Lafayette

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A summer camp aimed at young women who are interested in making video games is coming to Lafayette.

Raconteur Games, a video game development company based in Lafayette, announced a partnership Tuesday with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment of Lafayette and the International Game Developers Association of Lafayette that will bring a game creation summer camp for girls ages 9 to 14 to Lafayette. Girls Make Games, a national organization based in California, will be leading the camp designed to encourage young women to pursue video game development, according to a press release from Raconteur Games.

“Our industry is rapidly growing, and events like this encouraging diversity are absolutely fantastic,” Raconteur Games founder and IGDA Lafayette chair Nicholas Laborde said in an issued statement.

This year’s camp will be a single one-afternoon session that will teach young women the basics of video game development. The four-hour session will cover the basics of video game programming and video game art, and is geared toward young people who have expressed interest in either the art or technical side of games. This event is also geared towards young women with an interest in STEM careers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with AIE and Raconteur Games to bring Girls Make Games to Lafayette this year,” Girls Make Games founder Laila Shabir said in an issued statement. “We’re committed to providing access to education, and with each new workshop we get one step closer to our mission of inspiring the next generation of designers and creators.

Interested parents can sign up at girlsmakegames.com under the Lafayette camp. More detailed information about pricing will be available at a later date.