While continuing to think about the root causes of sexism, misogyny and the systematic and deliberate exclusion of women in the games industry, I decided to try a little experiment. I took all the games featured in the latest Feminist Frequency ‘Tropes Vs Women in Videogames’ video – games that have been identified and selected as containing poor representations of women. Then I looked up their publisher’s management, board, or founders – whoever seems to be at the top of the chain.
This is an experiment, it’s not scientific and it’s possible I might have made some errors – but what we have here certainly paints a picture. You’ll see I’ve noted in italics after each group the ratio of women at the top of these companies.
Here’s what I found:
Alain Corre, Executive Director, EMEA
Christine Burgess-Quémard, Executive Director, Worldwide Studios
Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO
Laurent Detoc, Executive Director, North America
Serge Hascoët, Chief Creative Officer
Verdict: One woman from five.
Deep Silver – Koch Media
Dr. Klemens Kundraitz, CEO
Dr. Reinhard Gratl, CFO
Stefan Kapelari, COO
Verdict: No women from three.
Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios – ZeniMax Media
Robert A. Altman,
Chairman & CEO
James L. Leder,
EVP & COO
Cindy L. Tallent,
EVP & CFO
J. Griffin Lesher,
EVP Legal & Secretary
SVP Finance & Controller
Verdict: Two women from six
BioWare – Electronic Arts
Leonard S. Coleman - Director
Jay C. Hoag - Director
Jeffrey T. Huber - Director
Vivek Paul - Director
Lawrence F. Probst III - Chairman Of The Board
Richard A. Simonson - Lead Director
Luis A. Ubiñas - Director
Denise F. Warren - Director
Andrew Wilson - Director, CEO
Verdict: One woman from nine
Lionhead – Microsoft Studios
I can’t find an extensive official listing for Microsoft Studios anywhere, though Phil Spencer is the Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Harrison is Worldwide Corporate Vice President, and Yusef Mehdi is Head of Business Strategy and Marketing at Xbox. Microsoft has a stated policy and strategy to increase diversity. The Microsoft board of directors includes two women (Dina Dublon and Maria M. Klawe) out of ten.
Sony Santa Monica – Sony
Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO Sony Corporation
Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications
Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group
Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment
Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
John Kodera, President, Sony Network Entertainment International
Dieter Daum, CEO, Sony DADC Global
Verdict: One woman from nine.
IO Interactive, Eidos Interactive – Square Enix
Yosuke Matsuda, President and Representative Director
Philip Rogers, Director
Keiji Honda, Director
Yukinobu Chida, Director
Yukihiro Yamamura, Director
Yuji Nishiura, Director
Verdict: No women from six.
Robert J. Corti – Director
Brian G. Kelly – Chairman of the Board
Robert A. Kotick – Director. President and Chief Executive Officer
Barry Meyer – Director
Robert J. Morgado – Director
Peter Nolan – Director
Richard Sarnoff – Director
Elaine Wynn – Director
Verdict: One woman from eight.
Adam Kiciński – President, Joint CEO
Marcin Iwiński – Co-founder, Joint CEO
Piotr Nielubowicz – Member of the Board, CFO
Adam Badowski – Member of the Board, Studio Head
Michał Nowakowski – Member of the Board, SVP Business Development
Katarzyna Szwarc - Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
Piotr Pągowski - Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Cezary Iwański - Supervisory Board Member
Grzegorz Kujawski - Supervisory Board Member
Maciej Majewski - Secretary of the Supervisory Board
Verdict: One woman from ten.
Satoru Iwata, President
Genyo Takeda, Senior Managing Director
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director
Tatsumi Kimishima, Managing Director
Shigeyuki Takahashi, Director
Satoshi Yamato, Director
Susumu Tanaka, Director
Shinya Takahashi, Director
Hirokazu Shinshi, Director
Naoki Mizutani, Outside Director
Verdict: No women from ten.
2k Games, Rockstar – Take-Two Interactive Software
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO
Karl Slatoff, President
Lainie Goldstein, CFO
Michael Dornemann, Lead Independent Director
Robert Bowman, Director
J Moses, Director
Michael Sheresky, Director
Susan Tolson, Director
Verdict: One woman from eight.