Girls Make Games Summer Camps Return to Crystal Dynamics 

Happy Women’s History Month!  

Continuing our commitment to mentoring the next generation of game developers, we’re thrilled to announce that Crystal Dynamics will be hosting Girls Make Games summer camps at our San Mateo and Bellevue studios for a third year in a row. 

Girls Make Games is a series of summer camps, workshops and game jams designed to inspire the next generation of designers, creators, and engineers. Launched in 2014, the program has reached 7,200 girls through workshops and camps, and over 25,000 through tutorials, games and resources. 

At the end of the three-week camp, teams of students deliver and present playable game demos; all of which have left our teams impressed and assured us that the future of the game industry is bright. You can check out some of the past Demo Day grand prize winners here.  

Now in their 11th year, Girls Make Games has added another outreach arm to their programming – the 501c3 GMG Scholarship Fund offering financial aid to aspiring college students and to students whose families need assistance with their summer camp tuition.  

“Like much else, GMG camps have had to evolve since Covid,” explained Laila Shabir, the founder and CEO of Girls Make Games. “Our students have always loved being onsite at game studios, but understandably that’s been a challenge across the industry. We’re immensely grateful to the leadership and employees at Crystal Dynamics for opening their doors and welcoming Girls Make Games students for the 3rd time this July!  

“It takes a tremendous amount of effort behind the scenes to put a camp together, and it has always been a pleasure working with the employees at Crystal Dynamics who truly believe in our mission to create a more inclusive industry. 

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing all of the amazing Lara Croft fan art that comes out of camp every year.” 

We are too!  

You can find more information about the in-person and virtual summer camps here.  

GMG 2023 Summer Camp Art by Ruenis

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