Lionhead dev: "I don't want to sit in a studio full of blokes"

Gary Carr thinks gender balances are beginning to shift in the development workforce

Lionhead's creative director has predicted the industry will see a more even more balance of genders in the next five to ten years.

"I don't just want guys making games for guys. I want guys and girls making games for guys and girls," Gary Carr told OXM.

"You have to reflect that in your workforce, and it's starting to happen. I think that five to ten years from now, it'll be pretty much 50-50."

Lionhead is currently at work on Fable Legends, which it revealed at Gamescom. Alongside Carr on the studio's management team are John Needham and Louise Murray.

"I think as developers, in terms of job applicants, we're noticing now that we're at last getting the diversity we want when you're coming up with a creative team. I don't want to sit in a studio full of blokes, I want to be part of a diverse team."

So change is coming, but slowly. Back in April Game Developer Magazine's annual survey painted a depressing picture, with women as low as 4 per cent of headcount in some disciplines, receiving lower salaries in all but one area.

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James Boulton Owner, Retro HQ Ltd4 years ago
The fact mobile has opened up the world of games to far more people and with far more genres of games, you can only think we're going to get more women wanting to come into the games industry. It has been such a male obsession historically, but that's changing for sure. I don't think I've ever worked anywhere (in games) in the last decade with more than about 5-10% female employees. Sometimes none at all!...
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
Rather than a 50-50 I want to have a 100 of "the most capable and creative people". Regardless of genre.
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Neither do I, Gary. Neither do I.
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