Women In Games works to recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry by positively and actively promoting female role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games.
Women in Games was incorporated as a “not for profit” or Community Interest Company under the UK’s Companies Act 2006 on 2 June 2011.
ABOUT WOMEN IN GAME DEVELOPMENT Developing Video games is increasingly being seen an exciting and rewarding career for women. Whether you come from an artistic, technical, creative, marketing or managerial background there are jobs in the games industry to suit you, offering interesting career progression and a stimulating and passionate work environment.
Traditionally a male dominated industry, game development is increasingly diverse with many companies now actively seeking to balance the gender ratio on development teams. Consoles such as the Wii and DS have massively increased the numbers of women playing games and many games are now targeted specifically at women, with the developers looking to include more women on the teams making the games to help introduce a female perspective to the development process and increase the appeal of these games to women.
In addition to opportunities to work on more female friendly games there are now far fewer barriers to women wanting to work on the more traditional FPSs, RTSs and RPGs and less stigma attached to those that do. Most employers will look for a passion for games when recruiting and obviously the skills to do the job but are gender neutral and the traditional view of dev teams as sexist enclaves of pepsi swilling and pizza obsessed men is usually very out of date . Some of the most senior executives in the games industry are women and women are increasingly entering the world of design and programming in addition to areas such as art, animation and production which have historically been more appealing to women.
Women in Games Jobs receives no funding and is managed by a Volunteer Executive Committee.
Executive team members in alphabetical order are:
- Cathy Campos, Founder Panache PR
- Anna Chamberlain, Senior Solicitor, Osborne Clarke
- Maxine Dodds, Founder, Scottish Women in Games
- Orna Holland, Senior Director of Global Talent at King
- Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Director for BA Games Art & Design Course at Norwich University of the Arts
- Jenny Richards, CEO WIGJ
- David Smith, MD Interactive Selection & Founder, WIGJ
- Kim Tyler, Senior HR Director, Electronic Arts
- Siobhan Thomas, Course Director, BA (Hons) Game Cultures at London South Bank University & Chapter Coordinator, IGDA London.
- Jordan Webber, Journalist & Presenter