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Elizabeth Sampat is an award-winning game designer whose work straddles the tabletop and digital realms. Marie Claire magazine called her "The Game Changer" when they named her one of the "20 Women Changing The Ratio" in male-dominated industries. Elizabeth likes transmedia, storytelling, creator-owned games and art, and loves when the three all meet up together. Sometimes she talks about women in the industry, designed experiences, narrative physics and writes love letters to the medium at She is kind of a feminist, and definitely trouble.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Elizabeth Sampat on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:18:00 EDT in Design, Serious
There's no such thing as a neutral system. How do we discover our own biases, and why is doing so important? This is a chapter from my upcoming game design book entitled "Empathy Engines: Design Games That Are Personal, Political, And Profound."

Posted by Elizabeth Sampat on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:19:00 EDT in Serious, VR
So many strides have been made towards re-forging our industry as a place that is welcoming to women. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go.

Posted by Elizabeth Sampat on Fri, 29 May 2015 03:03:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A brief history of racist tropes in high fantasy, and how Bioware gets it right.

Posted by Elizabeth Sampat on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:08:00 EDT in Serious, Business/Marketing
On Gamasutra today, the annual salary survey shows a smaller-than-average wage gap between the sexes. On Polygon, an expose of the harassment women faces shows a larger problem. But the biggest problem in both articles isn't getting discussed.

Posted by Elizabeth Sampat on Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:10:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious
This is the text of my GDC talk debunking the common myths that keep women out of the game industry. Spoilers: may advocate the violent overthrow of patriarchy.

Elizabeth Sampat's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/21/2016 - 02:19]

Hi Kate Thanks for the ...

Hi Kate Thanks for the clarification. I was going off of multiple news articles that came out at the time, including this one, which states at least 3-4 people in varying leadership capacities resigned. r n r n

Comment In: [Blog - 03/27/2014 - 08:27]

Jenn, you know I think ...

Jenn, you know I think this post is amazing and important. And I wouldn 't worry too much about your audience it 's good that you 're talking to men, because as the comments show, Lord knows they need it.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/24/2014 - 08:10]

Sorry, I should have called ...

Sorry, I should have called that out: it was a joke. THE INDUSTRY WAS NOT FOUNDED BY MEN. Ask Brenda Romero and Roberta Williams.