A group of games industry insiders has launched a new initiative to tackle the problem of…
Stale formulas and increasing reliance on gimmicks to sell games that are thinly-disguised remakes?
…poor diversity in the UK video game development sector.
Oh. I should have guessed…
“The only statistics we do have are really old – that’s part of the problem,” said Chella Ramanan, a journalist and games writer, who along with developer Adam Campbell is a founder of POC in Play.
“The newest figure is from a 2015 Creative Skillset report and it shows that just 4% of the UK games industry is from ethnic minority groups. If you compare that with film and TV in the UK, it’s 30% in London and 15% nationally. There’s a big disparity between games and other creative sectors.”
“The representation is often stereotypical – a black man will often be, say, an LA gang member, but that’s not representing the experience of people in Leeds or Birmingham, or the Caribbean. South Asian people are rarely represented at all. There’s a lack of seeing your own stories being portrayed so young people of colour aren’t being encouraged to think: ‘I could make a game like that.’”
Have you considered if there’s a similar ‘disparity’ with people buying the games. I wonder?
But no, we have to make it to the bottom of the article to see what this is really all about:
“A lot of publishers do want a more diverse workforce, but they may have blind spots: we can help with that,” said Ramanan.
“We do want things to change. If a developer wants to be considerate with portrayal then we should be able to help – even if that’s to suggest someone they need to pay to be a consultant. People of colour shouldn’t be doing this labour for free.”
SHOW ME THE MONEY!