Levine: Gender gap 'terrible' for the industry

BioShock designer Ken Levine upset over male dominance in game business, says "problem" must be understood before it can be worked on.


The industry's gender gap is "terrible" for the business of making games. That's according to Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine, who opened up on the issue today on Twitter.

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"a) The gender gap in the industry is terrible for the industry," Levine wrote. "b) to work on the problem, we need to have an understanding of the problem."

He added, "c) The first step is research that doesn't ignore basic statistical standards? (small sample sizes, self-reporting, experience x ref)."

"Probably statistically safe to say 50% of potential game talent is female (adjust for nurture issues)," he went on. "Long way to go, but need good data."

A new Game Developer magazine United States Salary Survey report found that in 2012, men made more money than women in every category except programming. In addition, men made up a significantly higher portion of overall salaried developers in 2012.

Check out the full report for more.

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