A LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Leading Women in Games, it’s easy to feel despondent. The needle on representation for women in our industry seems frustratingly stuck. While reports suggest a slight improvement in online toxicity towards women and girls, Bryter’s latest research underlines the issue’s persistencehttps://www.womeningames.org/over-half-of-women-gamers-experience-online-abuse-new-research/.

The recent GDC event, once again, saw disturbing allegations of misconduct surface, as highlighted by Snow Xue Rui’s powerful account – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-roofied-while-attending-gdc-snow-xue-rui-uqv4c/.

Deloitte’s Women in the Boardroom report paints a bleak picture – global gender parity for CEOs and chairs won’t be reached before 2111 and 2073 respectively, unless course correction happens swiftly – that’s nearly a century for CEOs! – https://www.womeningames.org/women-in-boardrooms-some-progress-but-more-must-be-done-faster/

To compound matters, with the current downturn in the games industry (and many other sectors), budgets dedicated to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives are shrinking. This translates to less focus in studios on improving experiences for women and under-represented groups – but also reduced support for organisations like Women in Games. It feels like the very ground we’re trying to gain a foothold on is eroding.

But here’s the thing: we are making a difference, and we won’t give up.

And focusing solely on the negatives paints an incomplete picture. So, today, let’s shift our gaze and celebrate the positives. Our Individual Ambassador programme Powered by Keywords Studios is flourishing, with the onboarding of our latest cohort taking the total to just under 2,000 women and allies around the world working to support our organisation.

Our Corporate and Education Ambassador programmes are growing too, with more studios and education & training organisations engaging with us , and aligning with our work.

Our Careers, Development & Networking Expo last month saw a phenomenal turnout, showcasing the hunger for progress in the industry.

And we were delighted to receive an invitation to the Labour Party Creatives Conference a couple of weeks ago – a testament to the growing recognition of the issues we address.

These are just a few examples within Women in Games, and there are countless others playing out in the wider world. Women are creating phenomenal games, leading studios, and inspiring the next generation. Initiatives promoting diversity are gaining traction, and conversations about creating safe and inclusive online spaces are ongoing.

This, my friends, is why we must remain resolutely positive. With our Ambassador programmes expanding, imagine the collective impact we can have! Our voices are being heard – perhaps we need to amplify them further, but the tide is turning. We can’t afford to be discouraged. Every win, big or small, is a step towards a more equitable future.

Here at Women in Games, we’re determined to keep pushing for positive change. We’ll continue to champion women and under-represented groups, advocate for safer online spaces, and foster a more inclusive industry culture. But we can’t do this alone. We need you.

Join our growing community of Ambassadors. Lend your voice to the conversation. Donate, if you can – https://www.womeningames.org/about-us/donate-2/.

But most importantly, believe in the power of positive change. Together, we can create a games industry where everyone feels welcome, respected, and empowered to create their best work.

The road ahead may be challenging, but the destination – a truly inclusive and thriving games industry – is absolutely worth the fight. Let’s stay positive, keep pushing forward, and make the games industry a place where everyone can win.

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