Survey Breaks Down Gender Disparity Among Developers
Females make up as little as 4 percent of game developers in certain disciplines and earn less than males, on average.
An annual survey by Game Developer Magazine broke down the numbers that revealed just how large the disparity is between professional men and women in the video game industry.
The survey results, scanned and published by The Border House, reveal that “Programmers and Engineers” and “Audio Developers” are the most male-dominated sectors of the industry, with just 4 percent female respondents. “QA Testers” were close behind, with only 7 percent female respondents.
“Producers” showed the highest proportion of female respondents with 23 percent, followed by “Business and Legal” with 18 percent, “Artists and Animators” with 16 percent, and “Game Designers” with 11 percent.
The figures also show that men earn more than women, on average. However, this may be a reflection of having more men in senior positions, given the industry has been historically male-dominated.
BioWare’s David Gaider believes female protagonists will only become popular in the industry once they are proven to be commercially successful — could more female developers lead to more female protagonists? Or perhaps vice versa?
via GI International