It’s no secret that over the last few years, the gaming world has taken huge strides towards becoming an industry which is more inclusive of females and female gamers.
It’s no surprise either, as the ongoing journey for equality for women in gaming is something that has brought with it a lot of social attention: including a lot of debates and scrutiny.
If we cast our minds back to 2014, the gaming community was rocked by the Gamergate controversy and this opened up a huge debate about sexism and progressivism within gaming culture. Inequality and misogyny were examined and this made it abundantly clear that the industry needed drastic change and to welcome the inclusion of women, not just in the gaming community, but in all areas of the gaming industry – An industry which has been male-centric for decades.
Nowadays, the idea that women have a firm place within the industry isn’t just a notion, instead it’s something which has been highlighted, celebrated and discussed on an almost daily basis.
If you take a look at some of the most popular titles, women are now at the helm. These titles include the likes of Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dead Rising 2, Prototype 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Although we’re heading in the right direction, we can’t just accept we’re in a good place now, instead, we need to acknowledge that there is still much work to be done.
As today is International Women’s Day, here at MyGamesMedia, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the women within the gaming community, not just those who have worked hard to deliver massive titles, but everyone behind the brands of a whole host of indie games.
When it comes to gaming, there are loads of examples of positive change and we are now seeing just how powerful a force women can be in numerous areas of the industry.
Now, instead of imagining a teenage boy, locked in his bedroom playing a console, the latest statistics show that, as of 2017, the split between male and female gamers was closer to 59% male and 41% female.
If you thought that women were only playing games, then you’d be wrong. Women have also found their place within the industry as well and they are accepting awards annually for their contributions to the industry as a whole.
The Women in Gaming Diversity Awards has been running for over 8 years and is widely celebrated as being a brilliant opportunity for employers to begin recognising diversity in their company and the way in which women have contributed towards the overall success of businesses everywhere.
If we rewind to a decade ago, then we’ll remember how much of a challenge it would have been to bring together as little as 100 women from inside the gaming community. Now we have awards which celebrate just the top 100 women.
These events are hugely encouraging and they highlight the success women bring to the industry and the gaming community as a whole, as well as highlighting how important it is to have a diversified industry.
The issue of gender equality isn’t only being noticed and challenge by awards events.
The issue of inequality in gaming has also got the attention of tech heavyweights Facebook and Google and they’ve taken action and are continually striving to encourage more diversity in gaming.
Last year, Facebook announced that it was launching their Women In Gaming Initiative, an initiative which aims to bring women together and create a platform where women can share their stories and the challenges they faced while trying to enter the gaming industry.
Google also joined the celebration of women but showcasing games and apps developed by women on the Google Play Store.
One thing is for certain, while we all use International Women’s Day to celebrate the genius, success and achievements of women within all industries, we need to strive for it to be more than just a once-a-year event.
Instead, the achievements of women should be celebrated all year round and we need to realise their creative influence which goes into some of the most-loved games and that women also make up a lot of the most loved characters in gaming.