“As an industry, we are well below an acceptable percentage [de mujeres]”says Sports Interactive.
The Football Manager saga is preparing for one of the greatest revolutions in its history. Sports Interactive will integrate women’s football in future installments, not as a separate game mode or as an individual title, but within the traditional experience simulation that we have all known forever. And they do not do it for commercial or financial interests, but because they believe it is a necessary step to help to create a more egalitarian society. Driven by the ad, at 3DJuegos we have interviewed Miles Jacobson, Study Director, about the arrival of women’s football to the game.
And there was a question that we could not ignore for the interview. What is the percentage of workers at Sports Interactive? It is undeniable that the video game industry has a problem of inclusion and discrimination towards women, as shown by the recent controversy with Activision Blizzard, or cases such as Ubisoft and Riot Games. And with this, the opinion of the authors of Football Manager is clear: more women are needed in the sector.
As an industry, we are far below an acceptable percentageMiles Jacobson“As an industry, we are far below of an acceptable percentage [de mujeres] – and as a studio, we are no different. There’s been a big percentage increase in the last few years, but it’s not even close to being ‘balanced’ yet, and it won’t be for a long time, “says Jakobson.” Educationally, we as a society we need to encourage more women to perceive the gaming industry as a decent job choice, with women being the fastest growing demographic among gamers, I hope this changes over the next decade. “
I am hopeful this will change in the next decadeMiles JacobsonSince the studio works on add women’s football to Football ManagerWe have also asked how many women participate in this specific project. And here, the director of Sports Interactive explains that they have not hired anyone to work exclusively on this project, and that the employees who enter the study do so because they are the right candidates for their positions, not because they are going to work on a project focused on women’s football. Even if yes there has been a focused hiring exclusively to this project.
“We have a person who has been hired specifically for women’s football,” explains Jakobson. “Tina Keech (women’s soccer research director), but she didn’t get the position because she was a woman. She got the job because she was the most prominent candidate for the position between male and female applicants. “
Lack of inclusion is an increasingly pressing problem in the video game industry. In Sports Interactive are not considered an exception, but are aware of the problem and they want to be part of the solution. The project to integrate women’s football does not yet have a launch window, but until then, we invite you to consult our analysis of Football Manager 2021 so that you know the saga.
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