In celebration of International Women's Day, we spoke to several women in Wargaming to get their thoughts on the role of women in the industry, advice for young women pursuing a career in gaming, and what can be done to better support women's professional development and career advancement. Their insights were inspiring and shed light on the progress that has been made as well as the work that still needs to be done to achieve true gender equality in the gaming industry. Read on to learn more about their perspectives and experiences.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY EVOLVING IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?
The role of women in the gaming industry is evolving rapidly, with more and more women getting involved in gaming out of passion and curiosity.
It is crucial for gaming companies to prioritize diversity and ensure equal opportunities for women as the industry continues to grow and evolve.
The hope is for women to establish more indie studios and climb higher up the ranks in the C-level boards. For this to happen, it is important for the wider community to support and encourage women in their journey towards success. As the gaming industry evolves with society, we may soon witness the emergence of women-only gaming studios and female icons in gaming.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING A CAREER IN GAMING?
For young women interested in pursuing a career in gaming, the best advice is to never give up on their dreams and to know their worth.
It's important to remember that a job in gaming is just like any other job, and anyone can succeed if they work hard and believe in themselves.
Pursuing a career in gaming should never come at the cost of overall happiness.
Women should express themselves, suggest ideas, and defend their vision without limitations.
Seeking support and guidance from peers through organizations like Women in Games can also be helpful. And most importantly, if gaming is a passion, don't hesitate to pursue it as a possible professional career, even if others might doubt its potential.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE GAMING INDUSTRY CAN BETTER SUPPORT WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT?
To better support women's professional development and career advancement in the gaming industry, companies must create a safe and inclusive environment where women feel appreciated and valued.
Offering flexible work arrangements and prioritizing gender equality can also help women balance their personal responsibilities.
The industry must continue to move towards progressiveness and abandon outdated stereotypes and restrictions.
Providing more opportunities for advancement and development is also crucial for women's growth in the industry, both professionally and creatively. Ultimately, the gaming industry must prioritize inclusivity and equality to ensure that women are given the same opportunities as men to succeed and advance in their careers.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE GAMING INDUSTRY CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE MORE WOMEN TO ENTER AND SUCCEED IN THE INDUSTRY?
To encourage more women to enter and succeed in the gaming industry, companies must prioritize inclusivity and equality throughout the recruitment process and beyond. This includes listening to women's voices, treating them equally, and giving them the credit they deserve.
Creating events and initiatives that showcase gaming as a viable career option for girls at a young age can also help to foster interest and build a pipeline of talent. Additionally, showcasing that gender is not essential for professional success and being transparent about policies can help women feel more comfortable entering the industry.
Internships can also provide valuable opportunities for women to gain experience and make connections in the industry.
As we celebrate Women's Day, let us take a moment to recognize and appreciate the contributions of all the women who are making a difference in the gaming industry, and to continue to work towards a more inclusive and diverse future. Let us strive to create an environment where women can thrive, achieve their full potential, and shape the industry for generations to come.