A Day of Honors for Women in the Video Game IndustryBy Laura Parker Female video game designers, producers and directors were honored at Microsoft’s Women in Gaming Awards here on Thursday in an event that has grown substantially in short order. The program featured 14 nominees in three categories: Rising Star, Innovator and Ambassador. Tamara Miner, a technical project manager at the American company Riot Games, won the Rising Star award; the Innovator Award went to Siobhan Reddy, studio director at the British video game developer Media Molecule; and the Ambassador Award was presented to Robin Hunicke, a co-founder of the independent studio Funomena. The ceremony, now in its sixth year, began as a series of informal dinners hosted by a group of female developers from Microsoft’s Xbox division. More than 250 members of the games industry and press attended, double the number from recent years. That growth mirrors an increased focus on fighting racism, sexism and homophobia in the industry. The Game Developers Conference, taking place this week in San Francisco, has featured a number of talks and panels highlighting such issues. “Even as a minority in the makeup of the gaming industry, women have played a huge role in gaming since its inception,” said Karen Randhawa, the leader of the Women in Gaming group. “It’s important to continue to recognize that success and contribution and empower more women to want to be a part of this industry.” Read the entire article here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/a-day-of-honors-for-women-in-the-video-game-industry/
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