Green games: how to green up your gaming
Joining Tamzin and Dirk for episode 10 is Jennifer Estaris of SYBO games, and Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, formerly of mobile games studio SpaceApe. They talk about the recent Green Game Jam – an event aimed at bringing more environmental education to games – and the innovative ways to educate players about climate change and empower them to take action. This one’s an important one: you won’t want to miss it.
Deborah is the Founder of Games for Good, which focuses on helping studios and industry harness games for social impact. She was a driving force behind the Green Mobile Game Jam and consults for UNEP's Playing for the Planet. She’s a media professional with a decade of experience, first as a print and tv journalist and then as a producer and content guru in games at Xbox and Space Ape. She was named MCV Career Mentor of the Year in 2018 and one of GI.biz's Top 100 Women in Games in 2019. She loves this industry, good storytelling, bad tv, and sparkling juice drinks.
Jennifer Estaris (she/her) is a game director at SYBO Games, developers of Subway Surfers, the hit mobile game with 3 billion downloads. She has worked in the game industry for the past 14 years on games for Nickelodeon, Disney, Neopets, etc., and has spoken at conferences like GDC. Her passions are sustainability, parenting, and supporting underrepresented groups, especially as a Filipino-American woman. Formerly of NYC, she resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jennifer has a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.