UK games industry “in trouble” if it can’t recruit more women, says trade body

This is an interesting response to the recent, Twitter-fuelled, debate around the apparent lack of female games developers from Dr Jo Twist, CEO of the UK’s interactive entertainment trade body UKIE (and it’s not just interesting because Jo is speaking at our Video Games and Learning Symposium!).

The scarcity of women working in the games industry is all the more bizarre given that nearly half of gamers are actually women. Surely the industry would be better served by encouraging more women to come and work as developers, designers, producers and publicists? Weird.

Jo also flagged up UKIE’s Video Games Ambassadors Scheme, which sounds like an excellent idea, particularly if it can help encourage more girls to take games industry-related STEM subjects at school and beyond.

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