Women heading for the next level of the Scottish gaming industry

January 28, 2016

While 52% of all gamers are female, the number of women who work within the gaming industry is much lower. Robyn Inglis, presenter at Glasgow based online gaming community XBLGamerhub, confronts the stereotypes and looks at the opportunities available for women to break in to the industry in Scotland…

Are you a woman interested in working in the gaming industry and wondering how far you can take it? Maybe you are just a keen gamer or gaming enthusiast – rest assured that there are plenty of opportunities out there for “girls of the gaming world” to get involved. Take me for example, one day I slipped Grand Theft Auto 5 into my little brother’s Xbox and boom, before I knew it I was fixated with this new rush of adrenaline as I sailed through the captivating digital city full of wonderful and mind blowing graphics. Fast-forward a couple of months and I am now one of the video presenters for the well-known social gaming community in Scotland – XBLGamerhub.

Traditionally the industry has been seen as very male-orientated but a recent survey shows that 52% of gamers are female, so why isn’t this reflected in the workforce? The gaming industry isn’t just about the players, of course, you need players and they are just as much of an important part of the gaming industry, but what goes on behind the scenes? To ensure the success and popularity of the gaming industry and to keep the cogs turning, we need make-up artists for cosplay models at events, enthusiastic representatives to spread the word, costume designers, website/graphic designers, game reviewers/bloggers and game testers. It is important that people of all backgrounds, gender and age are involved in the gaming development and its industry, as it needs to reflect a large variety of personalities and opinions.

A couple of the most popular roles within the gaming industry include artists and animators, audio designers/engineers and the producers and programmers of the games themselves. Despite the fact that women make up the majority of the gaming audience, the number of women working in the games industry remains shockingly low – only 12% of game designers in Britain and 3% of all programmers are women.  If you are female and are unaware of the possibilities within the gaming industry, perhaps you feel that you wouldn’t be welcomed amongst the guys – think again! There are no stereotypes – gaming is for everyone – if you want to be a part of a rapidly growing industry, there is nothing stopping you.

Robyn Inglis is a presenter at Glasgow based online gaming community XBLGamerhub. Check out the reviews and blogs within the XBLGamerhub community for a full list of the opportunities available and how easy it is to get involved. They are also on Twitter and Facebook – if you have any questions or perhaps you are interested to find out more, they are available to provide some insight and knowledge of their own.

Find out about job prospects on the Games Industry Jobs Board.

Complete The Scottish Games Network‘s short survey to help them measure the size of the industry and the diversity of the people in it.

Courses are available for Computer Games Development at the University of West of Scotland, Computer Games (Design) at Glasgow Caledonian University and Computer Game Applications Development at the University of Abertay.