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Leena van Deventer is a writer, game developer, and educator from Melbourne. In 2013 she co-founded WiDGET, a feminist support organisation for marginalised game developers . In 2016 she co-authored "Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of videogames" for Affirm Press with Dr. Dan Golding. Leena was on the curatorial advisory committee for ACMI's "Code Breakers" exhibition, and is the Chair of the inaugural Games and Interactive Advisory Committee for the Australian Writers Guild. Leena also sits on the Board of Directors of the Victorian Women's Trust. In 2019 Leena completed her Masters in Arts Management (with Distinction) from RMIT University, and is now Creative Producer on the highly-anticipated indie game "Dead Static Drive".

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Recent Work

Creative Producer at Team Fanclub, working on highly-anticipated indie game Dead Static Drive. 

"Zelda D'Aprano fought for equality all her life. The fire in our bellies is her legacy" - The Guardian

"Sharing the controller: 'Armello, Push Me Pull You, and Australian Indie Games" - Metro Magazine

Teaching interactive storytelling at RMIT University, 2015-present.

 

Book & Journals

Game Changers - from Minecraft to Misogyny by Leena van Deventer and Dr Dan Golding. Published 2016 by Affirm Press. Available in ebook and hardcover.

"Teaching Writing for Videogames" - TEXT Journal, ERA Rank A (April 2018)

Awards

'Next Gen Leader' - IGDA Foundation, 2017 & 2018.

Winner, inaugural MCV Pacific Women in Games 'Pioneer Award', 2015.

'Run That Town' won a Cannes Gold Lion with Leo Burnett, Millipede Creative & the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015.