I was at Nordic Game Conference in Malmö for a short visit yesterday, and one thing that struck me both in the discussions we had at a meet and greet thing, and with stories that were told during the day, is that most women in the business were focused, well educated, passionate and in general willing to make a huge effort to get somewhere in games, whereas some of the men who spoke about getting into games were “well, it just happened”.
I think it speaks for the huge privilege it is to be a man in the games industry. Women have to be incredibly driven to get anywhere. Men can just show up and be accepted. This is of course a simplification, I’m sure that there’s more at work than just being a man, but it did strike me, as women told of their entrance into the industry and as men told of how they got to be developers.
Maybe it’s changing, I don’t know. Just a reflection.