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50% of developers will be women "five to ten years from now", says Lionhead boss

Speaking to OXM at the Kodu Kup final, a game development competition for UK school students, Lionhead's creative director Gary Carr has predicted that workforces will be "pretty much 50-50" male and female, a decade or so from now.

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golding891561d ago

Nothing wrong with that. I can dig it. Bring on the ladies.

Kanzes1561d ago

Well, Julie Larson proves she's doing a better job than Mattrick.. I don't want to be sexist either. But I really couln't imagine that half of gaming developers are women.

deep_fried_bum_cake1561d ago

Well a mentally challenged goldfish could prove it's doing a better job than Mattrick, so I think we'll have to wait and see on that one.

dirigiblebill1561d ago

They won't if you don't get off your arse and hire them, Carr.

Good thoughts, though.

deep_fried_bum_cake1561d ago

The 55% stat holds no ground because it includes girls who play the likes of Candy Crush and call themselves gamers. I'm not going to get into whether or not they are real gamers but those are not games which are going to make women think they want to be developers.

My only regret in doing an IT related degree is that there is very few girls in the course compared to guys. It's the same across almost all courses to do with IT and programming. The women just aren't there. I do expect there to be an increase in the future but in the next ten years there will not be a huge change to the number of women who decide they want to be game developers.

kreate1561d ago

Yea the women aren't there in that field. Software, electrical, digital engineers is something females don't look for.

ravinash1561d ago

A lot of the guys who develop games today are the kids who played games during the 70/80/90s.
Not just playing games, but playing round with the hardware or learning how to program.
Unfortunately girls haven't been as interested in that sort of thing. This is changing, but it will be many years from when you have girls playing round with computers as a hobby to women wanting to get into the industry.

-Foxtrot1561d ago (Edited 1561d ago )

I doubt it, the gaming industry is always seen as a male workspace....it's just one of those things. I'm not saying females aren't welcome that would be a horrible thing to say, there's some great female gaming figures in the industry right now like Amy Henning or Jade Raymond but I can't see more females joining a workspace which is mostly run by males for males. I mean the main target for videogames are males in a away. It's like a man training to become a nurse, nothing wrong with it but when it's viewed on the outside you see that nurses are usually viewed as a female profession, it's a female workspace....if you get what I mean.

I think we are pushing too hard for this "equality" thing in this industry when it really it won't make a difference if a game your playing is made by a male or female. The only thing which will come out of it is you'll get this equality crap where videogames will be said to be too violent, dark, extreme or how males are always the main character where the females are "sexed up" by most female developers speaking out about the industry they're in.

KonsoruMasuta1561d ago

The main target for video games aren't males. The main target for video games are gamers.

We need to stop trying to draw seperate lines.

-Foxtrot1561d ago

They kind of are

Maybe now things might be changing a little bit but deep down males are still mostly the target.

Look back when consoles first came out and were evolving, when we had stuff like the NES, SNES, N64, SEGA MegaDrive and even the PS1. You always had that stereotype about "guys and their geeky computer games" and games were always associated to males because thats who the target was at the time and it's the reason why the industry is mostly full of men. I'm not saying no females bought any games back with the NES/Megdrive/PS1 etc but not as many as you see now because of how the Wii made gaming mainstream and casual back in 2006....thats the main reason why females are more interested in games now, not because of what they were/are but because of how mainstream they've become.

Look at the PS1 for example, grey, bulky, bland looking....not something you would do to attract females to it while on the other hand males at the time were more interested about the tec inside and what it could do rather then the look.

EXVirtual1561d ago

Who really cares? As long as it's a kickass game, I'll give respect to the creators and devs.

nosferatuzodd1561d ago (Edited 1561d ago )

i wouldn't be so sure i don't think i would like any games made by a woman its going to have too much opera type of crap they will turn video games in to video reality no thanks

KonsoruMasuta1561d ago (Edited 1561d ago )

Then you probably won't like some of the Uncharted Games, since a woman was the writer and creative director.

AKS1561d ago

@KonsoruMasuta

Indeed. That same director was also behind the Soul Reaver games in which you play as a vampire wraith slashing demons apart and absorbing souls. That's probably too feminine for a real macho man like nosferatuzodd.

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