Entertainment Software Association
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) website features annual reports about the entertainment software industry, statistics and whitepapers about the impact of video games on daily life, and support for members facing legal challenges common in the industry, such as intellectual property issues and piracy protection. The ESA also organizes the renown gaming convention, E3.
Anita Borg Institute
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
Founded by a computer scientist and later renamed in her honor, The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) has a index of resources for women with an interest in computing careers. There are also resources for employers interested in recruiting a workforce more reflective of the overall population. The ABI also sponsors the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year.
Suffering from cyber bullying? Crisis Helpline provides of a Crisis Helpline for those facing online abuse, as well as other resources. As an advocacy group, they also work with survivors, experts, and industry leaders to eliminate online abuse.
A European community focusing on promoting inclusive hiring practices for digital professions. Dedicated to closing the gender gap in digital industries, the community is encouraged to brainstorm ways to introduce young women to technical fields while also providing practical career advice for women already in the industry.
Wikipedia Women in Video Games
This article provides an overview of the history of women and video games, including charts detailing the narrowing ratio of male to female players. Other topics include genre preferences by gender, the historical treatment of female players, and more.
Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report
Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report measures the economic contributions made by the U.S. entertainment software industry to the American economy. The 2017 Report updates and expands upon earlier studies that quantified the economic benefits provided by the entertainment software industry to the U.S economy as a whole.
Chicks and Joysticks: An Exploration of Women and Gaming
“Chicks and Joysticks” is a UK white paper examining female consumers and developers of video games. Though the paper is from 2004, it includes useful summaries of the history of game development in the UK, and the role women played in it.
The Gendered Identity of Women in the Games Industry
A UK study from 2013 which examines the possible defeminization of women in the games industry while at work, as an ‘adaptation’ to a highly masculine environment.
Segregation in a Male-Dominated Industry: Women Working in the Computer Games Industry
Focusing on occupational segregation within the games industry, this study also covers similar ground to the “Gendered Identity of Women in the Games Industry” study to demonstrate that an overwhelmingly masculine environment can exist even when the ratio of men to women at a company approaches 1:1.
Why Are There So Few Women In Games?
In attempting to figure out why so few women choose to enter the games industry, this 2004 study also provides an overview of the industry and potential solutions to the gender gap.
Why Women Leave Tech: It’s The Culture, Not Because ‘Math Is hard’
Drawing from several hundred interviews of women who left the tech industry, this article demonstrates that workplace culture, not demanding tasks, is what drives capable women away from the workplace.
Why Does John Get The STEM Job Rather Than Jennifer?
The answer, according to this article, is ingrained gender bias. When reviewing identical resumes, STEM professors were more likely to award a job to a candidate with a male name. This article summarizes this study and speculates on the impact gender bias may have on the US economy.
HOWTO Recruit and Retain Women in Tech Workplaces
Targeted toward employers, this guide includes quick tips for getting more female applicants and retaining female employees.
Women In Game Development Forum
An unmoderated listserv run by the International Game Developers Association.
The Real Reason Women Quit Tech (and How to Address It)
A breakdown of reasons women leave tech jobs, and potential solutions to the problem. Among other issues, this article addresses how the first step to recruiting more diverse employees is to treat existing employees better.
Career Paths of Women in the German Games Industry
Based on 15 interviews with women in the German game industry, this study reveals what attracts women to industry and what drives them away.
Women and Video Gaming’s Dirty Little Secrets
A talent acquisition manager from EA provides an insider’s perspective on hiring women for the game’s industry.
Blockbuster Game Publishers Describe Harassment Polices in the Modern Era of Hate
Coverage of a talk at the Games Developers Conference which covers ways various developers deal with modern abuse.
Video: How to Hire and Retain More Women in the Games Industry
If just a summary isn’t enough, watch the full talk from the Game Developers Conference here.
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