International Women’s Day
March 8, 2019
We’re excited to announce that we’re celebrating International Women’s Day! Today is about celebrating the achievements of women, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Today we’ll be celebrating the women of Splash Damage and highlighting the essential contributions they make to our games. At Splash Damage we’re dedicated to fair play and equal opportunities for everyone; women don’t always get to play on a level field, so we want to do our part in addressing that.
According to TIGA only 14% of the UK Games Industry are women. In some disciplines, such as coding, this percentage is as staggeringly low as 5%. These are disappointing figures and we can do better both as an industry and as a company.
13% of our staff are women, a little below the UK’s standard, and well below where we want to be.
So what are we doing about it?
- We’ve created a special edition of our ‘Ask Splash’ video series (above) highlighting some of the brilliant women who work here. We hope that their experience and advice will prove invaluable to both men and women looking to join our industry.
- We’re becoming a Women in Games corporate ambassador. We see this as part of our commitment to promote diversity in the industry and it provides a great way for the studio to give back to the wider game development community.
- Today we’re holding our own International Women’s Day event, hosted by Splash Damage’s own Ayesha Kahn, a GDC 2019 approved speaker and Senior Narrative Designer on Gears: Tactics. We’ve invited Lottie Bevan(Weather Factory and Coven Club), Claire Sharkey (Weather Factory and Sharkbit) and Shay Thompson (Level up, Link Up) to talk about their careers in the industry thus far, and to discuss some important issues facing the industry.
- We will also be supporting our local community. Bromley is a part of Splash Damage’s DNA, and we’re incredibly proud to call it home. We’ll be fundraising for Bromley and Croydon women’s aid. If you’d like to get involved and contribute then you can donate here.
This is just the start of our plans, and we’re excited to share more in the coming months.