Facebook officially launched its Women in Gaming initiative, created to give women in the video-game industry a place to share their stories and connect with others.
With this launch, interested users can now visit the Women in Gaming website to view research related to gender and diversity in gaming, as well as to access links to companies and organizations that support change in the gaming industry.
Users can also visit the #SheTalksGames section, which contains video interviews with more than 20 women in the industry, who speak about their experiences and thoughts on diversity.
In addition to this website, Facebook’s Women in Gaming initiative will see the social network work with gaming companies to create Lean In Circles and support networks around the world. Facebook will also support women at multiple gaming events, including Gamescom and the European Women in Games conference.
Finally, Facebook will host “Women in Gaming stories days,” which will encourage women to share their experiences surrounding working in the games industry today.
Aoife Brodigan, Facebook’s head of games marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, led the creation of the Women in Gaming initiative.
Brodigan said, “Facebook has a rich history in broadening the audience for playing and building communities around games, but there’s more work to be done. Today, the gaming industry doesn’t fully reflect the audiences it serves or the stories it tells. We’re hoping to encourage more diversity in the games industry by highlighting the stories behind people who work to create the games we play. That’s why today we’re thrilled to launch Facebook’s Women in Gaming initiative, built to bring women in the games industry together to share their stories and to create meaningful connections that inspire real change.”