Diversity in the Industry
This page compiles articles concerning issues with diversity and discrimination in the industry.
- Ethan Gilsdorf on Cognoscenti: June 6, 2013: In video game culture, it’s still ‘no girls allowed’
- Shonte Daniels on RH Reality Check: Jan. 20, 2015: Seeking racial justice in real life and in games
- Jessica Conditt on Engadget: January 16, 2015: Gaming while black: Casual racism to cautious optimism
- Alex Wawro on Gamasutra: Mar. 6, 2015: 'I'm still creative!' - Game industry vets rally against ageism
- Jeff Grubb on Venture Beat: Mar. 9, 2015: Black developers explain how free game engines, incentives will bring more black people into games
- Matthew Handrahan on GamesIndustry.biz: Mar. 12, 2015: Is ageism the only prejudice the industry isn't discussing?
- Heidi Kemps on Venture Beat: Oct 23, 2015: Diversity in the game industry: Unconscious bias keeps you from listening … and could hurt your business
- Charlie Hall on Polygon: June 11, 2015: Report: Suit filed against Bandai by employee alleges racism, retaliation
Gamasutra: Dec 29, 2015: Video: Game dev veterans speak out against game industry ageism
Kickstarter: Women in Tech The Book - Based out of Seattle, Washington, Tara Wheeler Van Vlack started a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $28,800. The money will go towards publishing a book that "alternates teaching career skills with inspiring autobiographies from amazing women in tech." The campaign will run from January to the end of February, and as of February 4th, it has reached over half its goal. The book is an anthology from a variety of writers, all of whom are women working in the tech industry now. Rachel Weber on GamesIndustry.biz summarizes the Kickstarter.
The Mary Sue runs an ongoing series profiling women working in the industry called Game Changer. A sampling of those profiles can be found below.
- Emma Fissenden on The Mary Sue: Apr 8, 2015: Game Changer: Talent & Production Coordinator Becky Dodd on Working at Naughty Dog & Having the Courage to Pursue Your Career
- Emma Fissenden on The Mary Sue: July 21, 2015: Game Changer: Dishonored 2’s Cara Ellison on Experimenting with Narrative Design, Owning Your Talent & the Importance of Self-Care
- Emma Fissenden on The Mary Sue: Nov 20, 2015: Game Changer: Ann Lemay Divulges Day to Day Life as BioWare Writer, Building a Diverse Games Industry, & Finding Your Support Unit
A Toronto-based tech startup has emerged that aims to introduce more diversity into the video game industry by teaching youth from an economically depressed area of Toronto to code.
- Gilbert Ngabo on Metro News: Aug 6, 2015: Welcome to Techsdale
- Ali Raza on Inside Toronto: Aug 29, 2015: Techsdale connects Rexdale youth with high-tech experiences at Humber College
The ADA (a Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology) published an issue that focused on Feminist Game Studies - the following articles from this journal cover a variety of ways in which women are viewed in gaming culture:
- Nina Huntemann: Introduction: Feminist Game Studies
- Adrienne Shaw: On Not Becoming Gamers: Moving Beyond the Constructed Audience
- Aubrey Anable: Casual Games, Time Management, and the Work of Affect
- John Vanderhoef: Casual Threats: The Feminization of Casual Video Games
- Kishonna Gray: Collective Organizing, Individual Resistance, or Asshole Griefers? An Ethnographic Analysis of Women of Color in XBox Live