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New Women in Games guide hopes to tackle gender underrepresentation and ‘dysfunctional work cultures’

Women in Games has published a revised guide with 150+ pages of “information, inspiration, resources, first-hand accounts, case studies, recommendations and more” for companies interested in “engaging and promoting gender equality and wider diversity and inclusion”.

The organization – which describes itself as “activists” who believe that “getting more women into gaming and esports should be a national, international and strategic priority” – says Building A Fair Playing Field is “very specifically gender-focused, includes wider cross-cutting issues of inclusion and diversity and can be used to address them at every level.’

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Written by Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman and Women in Games education and research advisor Sharon Tolaini-Sage, the guide hopes to tackle persistent wide-ranging issues of gender inequality, highlight the role of leadership in achieve justice, provide inspiration for companies and individuals and encourage and enable change.

It says the guide is necessary as there is an “urgent need for change” as women remain “significantly under-represented in the games industry” and the “highly publicized controversies surrounding dysfunctional work cultures in the games industries increase the urgency for change”.

“The world has changed since the first Women in Games guide was published in 2018,” said Women in Games author and CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman. “Covid-19 and its ongoing aftermath has brought uncertainties, but it has also brought huge opportunities for positive change. Global working practices, and particularly the gaming industries themselves, are being transformed and this Guide is intended to provide new impetus for gender equality and justice.

“The Guide is part of our aligned efforts to take action in support of the United Nations SDGs, particularly number 5, Gender Equality. And integral to a larger portfolio of work across our 5 action areas: Industry, Education, Community Policy and Culture. This supports our mission to create new platforms, pathways and synergies that bring together change agents, advocates, men and boys, champions, experts, grassroots organizations and others, for new dialogues focused on shared solutions for justice and equity for all.

“This is a time when incorporating practical steps in every sector to achieve gender equality is not just fair, it is possible.”

You can download the guide for free on the official website.

In related news, a new report details incidents of sexual harassment at Nintendo of America and a work environment where some women — particularly part-time contract workers — felt pressured to remain silent.

In response, Nintendo issued a statement to company boss Doug Bowser’s employees confirming that the company is now “actively investigating” the allegations.

“We have strict policies designed to protect our employees and partners from misconduct, and we expect full compliance with those policies from everyone who works for or with [you],” Bowser wrote. “We have and will always investigate any allegations we become aware of and are actively investigating these most recent allegations.”

The report builds on previously reported claims about the gap between Nintendo’s full-time and contract staff, the latter of whom enjoy fewer benefits and lack job security. Now, women who used to work as contract workers have come forward to discuss some of the issues they specifically faced, such as cases of sexual harassment and unequal pay.

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