Even more good news for women in the gaming industry today. Announced via press release, two big developers 2K and Hangar 13 are joining with Women in Games.
Women in Games is dedicated to encouraging efforts for career opportunities for women in the industry. The orginisation fosters and encourages a more diverse and inclusive hiring effort with the publisher itself, and its many development studios. Women in Games is a not for profit organization that’s been working hard to actively recruit women in the industry as well as support those already working.
. @2K and @Hangar13Games commit to long-term partnership with @wigj to encourage career opportunities for women in #gamedev #indiedev, and foster diverse and inclusive hiring efforts across the publisher and its development studios. #gamesjobs #gamejobs https://t.co/p9YGpSZIaO pic.twitter.com/6P8xvYYYYl
— Women in Games WIGJ (@wigj) August 29, 2018
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“Women in Games is a fantastic organization that’s been instrumental in supporting diversity in the games industry for nearly 10 years,” said Melissa Bell, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Marketing at 2K. “We hope this partnership leads to more women joining the development and marketing teams at 2K and Hangar 13, but our goal is to support women in the industry at large.”
This new partnership begins at the upcoming Women in Games conference. It takes place at the City University of London on September 11 and 12. 2K and Hangar 13 are joining the Women in Games Board.
Hangar 13 is also pleased with the partnership and had the following to say:
“Diversity is good for game development,” said Haden Blackman, Global Studio Head and Creative Director at Hangar 13. “Having a broad range of perspectives working to make and market your game means that the game will resonate with and reach more people. We’re very excited to support Women in Games and other organizations that are working hard to connect developers and publishers to diverse and talented people.”
Marie- Claire Issaman CEO of Women in Games also made a statement :
“The Women in Games WIGJ, not for profit organization exists to double the number of women working in the games industry by 2025. It is extremely important that the organization works in tandem with studios to advise on initiatives and support research. Our new long-term partnership with 2K represents a clear signal of intent, that through working together, we can change the prevalent culture of the games industry. This exciting new partnership will become public at this year’s European Women in Games Conference where 2K will lead in the European Advocacy Awards taking place on September 11th, lunch on Tuesday and closing drinks on the Wednesday “
This is amazing news for women in the games industry. The new partnership should help women not only gain employment, but also help them while actively working. For information, check out Women in Games’ website and Twitter. Let us know what you think of this new partnership!
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