'No excuse' for lack of diversity in games, Payne says

James Batchelor
'No excuse' for lack of diversity in games, Payne says

Games veteran Andy Payne says there is "no excuse" for the lack of diversity within the industry workforce.

Delivering the opening keynote at today's European Women In Games Conference, the UKIE chairman addressed the difference between the gender split in the games industry compared to other sectors. Creative Skillset research recently found that only 16 per cent of the UK's games workforce are women.

This is behind the global average, with an IGDA survey revealing that 22 per cent of the world's games employees are female.

Both the UK and worldwide figures compare even less favourably against other creative industries. In the UK, women account for 40 per cent of the animation industry, and 47 per cent of film production. Payne admitted that both film and animation have been around longer than video games, but we still need to work harder to catch up.

"We've got a lot to improve here," he said. "We're a relatively young industry, but that's no excuse. In fact, we should be more diverse because being a young industry means we're not run by grey-haired old men."

Develop has more details.

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Tags: games industry , diversity , feminism , gender equality

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