#WeAre: Changing the Game

From inspirational profiles of women in gaming to interviews with the diverse members of the video game industry, check out this page for the stories of the vibrant and multifaceted community.

Janina Gavankar: Actress, Gamer, and Innovator

She’s more than an actress; Janina Gavankar has a history in music, technology, and gaming to pair with her roles in film and television. Best known for her performances as True Blood’s Luna Garza and The League’s Shiva, Janina is likewise recognized for her role as Iden Versio in Star Wars: Battlefront II. Aside from providing voices for characters in Far Cry 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn, Janina has also made impressive strides in technology, creating multiple platforms for artists of all kinds to showcase their work and discuss ideas.

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Strawburry17: A Tale of Tenacity and Ambition

Strawburry17 is an esteemed name among the many personalities circling the YouTube sphere. Known legally as Meghan Camarena, Strawburry17 started her YouTube journey in 2007, after being influenced by a fellow member of her church group to take up video editing. Since then, Meghan has traveled the globe, hosting shows like Disney XD’s Polaris Primetime and securing her place as a reputable streamer and YouTuber. However, there’s much more to Meghan than content creation and hosting; she began her journey as an amateur BMX biker and competitive skateboarder, as well as an active gamer. These hobbies influenced her current pursuits, and Meghan now boasts over one million subscribers, as well as an influence that extends beyond her work in video and hosting.

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Robin Hunicke: Artist, Game Dev, & Activist

If you’ve ever played Journey, you’ve experienced one of Robin Hunicke’s immersive, experimental games. Originally an artist, writer, and photographer, Robin developed an interest in computer science and Artificial Intelligence during her college career. Now, she is the CEO of her own game studio, and directs BA and MA programs at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An outspoken advocate for women and minority groups in gaming, Robin also volunteers her time to multiple social justice movements, and is recognized as one of  PC Magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Women in Games.

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