BIPOC of Ubisoft – Lauren Stone
Editor’s Note: Throughout the videogame industry – Ubisoft included – Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are dramatically underrepresented. According to the 2019 IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey, only 19% of developers identified as something other than “white/Caucasian/European.” BIPOC of Ubisoft is a series highlighting the voices and stories of BIPOC folks at Ubisoft in an effort to provide an example for the next generation of game professionals and make the industry more welcoming and inclusive. The series will run in seasons, each with a different theme. Season Two will focus on stories of representation in media.
The last thing we might ever record with Melissa O’Neil, the actress who voices Faye Lau in Tom Clancy’s The Division series, was her signing off. Like Faye, I was no longer “an Agent of the Division”.
An overweight reformed musical-theater actor, a Yonsei hapa white-passing Cali-kid, a descendant of Japanese American concentration camp survivors, and whose “white” paternal great-great-grandmother owned a tamale shop and boarding house in Stockton, California where if you couldn’t pay your rent she put you to work making the tamales. No matter how impossible the conditions, my ancestors found a way to make it work.
Apr 05, 2021 at 11:30