USC Video Game Panel Cancelled for Excessive Maleness
The University of Southern California cancelled its "Legends of the Games" event when the sole female participant communicated that she was not able to attend. Tracy Fullerton, Director of USC Games, made the call to cancel the event four hours before it took place. According to a USC spokesperson's Facebook post, the event was cancelled "In the interest of promoting diversity and inclusion within the USC Games family."
Many of the comments on the post express disappointment regarding the decision to cancel.
In a quote from the Daily Trojan:
So when USC secures a panel with leaders in the video game industry, such as the Head of Game Design at Blizzard Entertainment and the CEO of Riot Games, it has a net positive effect for everyone involved, from the students whose work would be showcased to the women who attend a highly diverse school which is actively redefining the industry standard. Everybody wins, until the top games department in the country cancels the “Legends of the Games Industry”
Even if the event is successfully rescheduled, graduating seniors will likely miss out on the chance to meet such panel participants as Jeffrey Kaplan of Blizzard, Brandon Beck of Riot Games, and David Stohl of Infinity Ward, according to Heat Street.
Needless to say, USC students and people who were looking forward to the event are hella pissed -- and rightfully so.
Kat De ShieldsMay 2, 2016, 12:46 pmFeatured ContributorThat is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I would be SO upset.
Kayla EthanMay 3, 2016, 2:17 amwhy is that?
Kat De ShieldsMay 3, 2016, 10:23 amFeatured ContributorThe panel was a valuable learning opportunity for students. Solid information from experts working within the industry is priceless, no matter who it comes from. Although the only female participant couldn't attend, there wasn't any reason to deprive the student populous of the knowledge the other panelists could offer.
Additionally, what does it say when the decision was made based off of gender? USC didn't cancel because the panel would be pointless if the insights of the female participant weren't included. The decision to cancel was made because she is a woman. That in and of itself is unacceptable on so many levels.