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Leena van Deventer is a writer, game developer, and educator from Melbourne. In 2013 she co-founded WiDGET, a support group for women and non-binary game developers with over 800 members. 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 Deputy-Chair of the Games and Interactive Advisory Committee for the Australian Writers Guild. Leena also sits on the Board of Directors of the Victorian Women's Trust, and is currently completing her Masters in Arts Management at RMIT University. 

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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)


'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.