EMPOWER UP EDI PLATFORM LAUNCHES FOR UK GAMES STUDIOS

Our Corporate Ambassador Amiqus has teamed up with Ukie’s #RaiseTheGame initiative to launch Empower Up, a platform to equip UK games companies of all sizes with the knowledge, frameworks, guidance and resources they need to establish, improve or grow their Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) policies, practices and processes.

Empower Up is suitable for all games companies, wherever they are on their EDI journey. For those looking to gain more understanding about what EDI is and why it’s important, the Intro To EDI section provides an overview. It also provides a summary of different Diversity Characteristics and Under-Represented Groups, along with some specific advice and guidance on each.

At the heart of Empower Up is a practical Health Check tool that enables games companies to benchmark where they are on their EDI journey. This will then signpost those companies and individuals to specific areas of the website where they can gain relevant advice and actionable steps on how to move forwards.

The EDI Journey section provides just that information and guidance, covering a number of areas, including Getting Started, Your Workplace Culture, Recruitment & Hiring, Staff Development & Retention, Marketing & Communications, Accessibility & Representation, Activities & Outreach, and Legal Requirements.

Meanwhile, a Resources section will provide inspirational Case Studies from studios already doing great work in EDI; a Directory of EDI organisations and initiatives – including Women in Games; and a Glossary of Termsarea.

Studios and individuals are encouraged to sign up to become Empower Up Members, which will provide additional benefits, namely:

Amiqus’ Business Manager Liz Prince said: “There are many studios and employees who know that making their organisations a more inclusive, equal and welcoming place is the right thing to do – but often they just don’t know where to start, or how to progress. That is where the idea for Empower Up was created. There are some brilliant organisations and initiatives out there, but nothing that pulls everything together in one place to help studios to take actionable steps in this area. Empower Up has been a real labour of love, and we’re really proud and happy that it’s now ready to help games companies in the UK push forward with their EDI efforts.”

Dom Shaw, the EDI Coordinator at Ukie, who also manages #RaiseTheGame added: “It’s really exciting to see Empower Up come to life, and we thank both Amiqus and our leading #RaiseTheGame partners for supporting this important project. We want the games industry to be a more diverse and inclusive community, in which people from all backgrounds are welcome, valued and can flourish in their careers. Empower Up exists to empower organisations and individuals in the UK games industry to take their EDI knowledge and practices to the next level, through measurable and actionable steps. We look forward to seeing it in action in studios around the UK.”

You can visit the Empower Up website here – https://empower-up.com