IGDA Report Reveals Women in the Game Industry Have Doubled
The number of women working in the game industry is on the rise.
That, at least, is the indication of a recently released report from the International Game Developers Association. The report, based on developer satisfaction survey put out by the group, found that women in game development now comprise as much as 22 percent of the industry. This is nearly twice the 11.5 percent reported five years ago in 2009. Only 2 percent of game developers reported themselves to be transgender.
The group also reported several other notable facts. For instance, while many gamers still look at game development as a coveted position, up to 39 percent of actual game developers are considering other work based on their desire to find “a better quality of life.” This desire is likely driven by long hours that frequently include unpaid overtime, as well as wages that, in the case of nearly half of developers, don’t even rise above $50,000 a year.
According to Kate Edwards, executive director of the IGDA, this sort of data will hopefully be used “to better understand its members priorities and the most critical issues affecting their overall satisfaction.”