The International Game Developer’s Association released a report showing the predominance of women in the gaming industry. The involvement of female developers has doubled since 2009, but there was still a vital male dominance in the field.
A History of Male Dominance in Gaming
In the previous times, games were developed by keeping males in mind. There were lots of games that featured a beautiful female who was in some trouble, and the main male character’s complete focus was to fight and scratch his way to her ultimate rescue. Then, he was rewarded with her everlasting love. Thankfully, that has begun to change.
Game developers have recognized that 44% of their customers are females and that to keep the playing field fair, they have to change their game play. With increasing female developers behind the scenes and women themselves playing up as players, a growing mindset towards women in the world of gaming is seen.
The Winds of Change
It’s been much time that women are actively participating in the game industry. Many sides of what females in the gaming industry have experienced are shown by various reports and researchers. There has been both good and real change by involving women in the gaming industry. Some significant signs that change is already happening are becoming visible. Many companies are only investing in the tech industry where there is at least one female co-founder.
Intel has recently invested $300 million dollars towards female heterogeneity in the game division. They have also decided to double the number of women working as developers in the next decade. Some games themselves are now combining strategies in their programming to reduce gender bias in their communities.
Pay Equality: Male versus Female Developers
According to a study on pay equality, there is still a pay gap between female and male developers. The variation equals about 86 cents on the dollar women make for every dollar men make. One of the factors hypothesized to the pay gap is the assumption that women are likely to take breaks from their careers in order to take care of their families, which heads to lesser earnings over time.Government officials are working to close the gender pay gap. The average salary survey clearly showed the differences in pay. Men made an average of $88K while women only earned $75K on average. Clearly, this difference should not exist with the same education, responsibilities, and experience, but hopefully, in the coming time, this gap will no longer exist.
The Future is Bright
The future for female game developers is growing up in many ways. Thankfully, people are starting to look towards the future with successful women developers, and the work is in progress. Recently, the incoming class of gaming subjects was made up of more women than men. This shift in attitudes is a step towards the great start.
The tides are expectedly turning towards equality, and not just in gender for game development, but also for the gaming culture itself.
So what are your views about the involvement of women in the gaming industry? Share with us in the comments section!
DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS (THIRD PARTY) AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, IT’S STAFF, AND/OR ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS SITE. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH/REPOST/REBLOG/QUOTE ANY ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY US.