New “Diversity Lounges” appear in PAX.
Penny Arcade has revealed that PAX will utilize what is known as “Diversity Lounges”, which will serve as “a resource for industry professionals and fans to interface in a setting focused on diversity, receive diversity training, learn more about diversity, and meet people from diverse communities”.
These areas will have their own stuff inside not found in the main PAX events. The response to this can be mixed, however. Some see it as a proactive step, particularly since Penny Arcade has faced criticism over the past year, while others see it as marginalising the groups, with some going so far as to call it a zoo.
Robert Khoo, speaking to Kotaku, states, “Our goal was to highlight diverse groups (and organizations that represent diverse groups) in the industry that might not necessarily get exposure otherwise”, PA’s Robert Khoo tells Kotaku. “We have a limited number of slots, and the booths are free. In addition, since all of our content is spread out at the show rather than ‘tracked’, the hub will also be a resource for people to find the diverse sessions, events, and exhibitors.”
Source: Indie Statik