Putting Words Into Action

In late May, 2020, Chip Theory Games released a statement in support of and solidarity with the peaceful protests and protesters who have been and continue to fight racism and police brutality in our communities and throughout the country. Since that time, we have been working on ways in which we can more substantially and meaningfully affirm that Black lives matter, both in our physical community and in the larger community of board games. As such, after careful consideration and conversations within the company, we have created a list of actionable steps that we are taking to help foster equity for BIMPOC (Black, Indigenous, Mixed, and People of Color) and other marginalized groups. We will continue to update this list publicly, not to celebrate our efforts but rather as a way of holding ourselves accountable to our community by putting our words into action.

Inside CTG

New Policy

We are altering our PTO policy and setting aside an additional 4 hours in paid time off for employees to engage in peaceful protest and other forms of social justice advocacy and volunteering.
Completed - June 15th, 2020

Employment

We will be intentional in seeking out opportunities and avenues to add BIMPOC employees as CTG grows, recognizing that the traditional job advertisement process may not be enough.
In the latter half of 2020, we updated our hiring processes, including a diversity statement, an offer to accomadate people who may face challenges working within the traditional application process, and a wider and more publicized call for applications. We hired multiple employees since then and received several diverse applicants.
*While we want to remain as transparent as possible in our efforts, we also will not be singling out individual employees’ backgrounds both for confidentiality reasons and out of respect for their privacy and the contributions they make to Chip Theory regardless of their background. If you would like to know more about the specific ways we are working to improve equality in our employment efforts, please contact achesney@chiptheorygames.com.

Website

We feel specifics are important, as they communicate sincerity and invite accountability. We will create a space on our website that will provide an updated account of our progress on the action points above. This page will also include a place where anyone can submit further suggestions for how we can do better.
Completed - End of June, 2020 - See our form at the bottom of the page.

Our Games

Playtesting

We will work to expand our playtesting and game feedback community to include a greater number of BIMPOC. This is a less exact commitment, as we do not request personal information from our playtesters. However, there are still ways we can improve this process, including notifying our gaming communities that we are looking for a diverse range of playtesters and specifically putting out the call for BIMPOC to apply.
Will be updated during and after our next development cycle.

Game Design

Since our games and the worlds in which they are set may intentionally or unintentionally intersect with important cultural topics, we will seek out and pay for sensitivity readers on future projects to help us make sure our games are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone.
Hired for our Statement of Accountability - 6-12-2020
Will update after our next game development cycle.
We will work to make sure the worlds and the art of our games reflect the diverse nature of our community and world, featuring characters that people from all backgrounds recognize and identify with.
Will update after our next game development cycle.

Marketing

Reviewers & Content Creators

During each of our product launches and Kickstarters, we will work to ensure that at least 20% of new CTG products provided for overview or review (paid and unpaid) are sent to BIMPOC content creators. Overall, at least 50% of our review or overview products will go to content creators belonging to minority or marginalized groups.
February 2021: During our most recent Kickstarter campaign, more than 40% of the content creators we worked directly with for content were BIMPOC. In the past four months, at least 50% of our review copies have gone to marginalized creators, a pattern we plan to continue. We are continuing to seek out new BIMPOC and other marginalized content creators to build working relationships with.

Outside CTG

Industry Support

We will do our part to support excellent BIMPOC content creators, contributing at least $2,000 per year to BIMPOC and other minority and marginalized groups on Patreon or other creator support systems.
Will update as donations are made.
We will continue to work to share our games and the board gaming hobby with BIMPOC communities in our state who may not otherwise have access to the hobby, through both donations of product and events organized for this purpose.
Organized an event that shared our games with BIMPOC children - Nov 9th, 2019

Community Aid

We will invest funds equal to 2% of all Kickstarter earnings this year and every year into local community organizations and efforts focused on fighting inequality, aiding those affected, and promoting equal rights and opportunity for BIMPOC and other minority and marginalized groups.
2020: Year to date available donation balance: $13,321. (Spring KS: $727,960 - KS & CC Fees = $666,084 received by CTG x 2% = $13,321 available for donation)
- 2020: $2500 donation made in June, to rebuild youth center destroyed during riots - MIGIZI Communications, 3017 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Non-profit - TaxID: 41-1379114) - CTG Donor ID: 35120732
- 2020: $2500 donation made in September, to Headwaters Foundation for Justice charitable organization (Non-profit - TaxID: 36-3359386).
Will update by end of year each effort and amount donated.
We will seek to find additional ways to aid our community at large.
300 masks (assortment of kinds) donated to the Awaken The Suburbs protest - June 11, 2020. These masks were sent to us by our manufacturing partners in China on their dime (we've received a total of 800 masks from our Chinese partners over the last 3 months).
- 2020: $10,616 spent in May on 5000 KN95 masks to be donated to those serving on the front lines of this pandemic. We are still in the process of distributing these masks to hospitals requesting them, aid workers, emergency units, nursing homes, as well as minority businesses and organizations. If you know of a need, please feel free to submit it below.

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