Guerrilla Games has doubled the number of women under its employment since last year’s International Women’s Day, meaning that there are more talented ladies within the Amsterdam studio’s ranks than ever before. Managing Director Hermen Hulst revealed the tidbit on Twitter, alongside a photograph of some of its team members.
To be fair, the Horizon: Zero Dawn developer has been aggressively expanding since its PlayStation 4 exclusive open world opus, so it makes sense that it’s added more women to its ranks. Nevertheless, it’s great to see more diversity in game development – we can’t wait to see what the developer’s been up to since 2017.
Great, now they can do the work fo 22 men!
Jokes aside, this shouldn't be worthy of an announcement. Don't take me wrong, I'm glad they are making an effort to be more inclusive and such, but doing this kind of thing only makes this seem like a pretentious move instead of an honest effort to make this the norm, just like how celebrities film themselves helping the ones in need to make themselves look good.
@Devlind You're absolutely right, it shouldn't be worthy of an announcement... but because of a pervasive and systemic inequality in Western (heck, in human) society that has existed since the beginning of time, it must be.
At least in the immediate. I hope that the day where it isn't a news item will be in my lifetime, no matter how naïve that might make me sound.
Feels like they're collecting Pokemon or something; ''Look how many we have got!!'' It's a bit silly, isn't it?
@RogerRoger All barriers has been removed legally, at the end of the day it's up to the employer to higher the employee ( if you don't like it start your own business). An employer isn't obligated to hire you no y matte yourr race, gender, or creed, at the end of the day it's a business for them. Hard working, dedicated people are required to state afloat in the cut throat business of gaming..
will this "inclusion" of females produce higher quality products? Because if it doesn't I could give a damn.
@youreyesonly00 I would say it doesn't. It comes down to the talents of individuals, not their gender.
@youreyesonly00 I agree with everything you say.
And none of what you say has any impact on championing the women you do hire with tweets and / or news articles like this one (not least because, whilst the legal barriers might've been removed, it's the social and personal barriers of prejudice and intolerance which remain firmly in place; that's the real purpose of promoting equality in this way).
@RogerRoger with the work of Martin Luther king & other civil rights activist around him, we should know that intolerance & social barriers will always remain ( even though his movement has highly surpassed certain type of mindsets & ironically the media is causing that same separation he & his followers sought to remove for the betterment of our society). I equate equality to the war on drugs, equality of opportunity is all I care for, anything beyond that is crossing the line..
@youreyesonly00 I'm with you, there needs to be equality but we don't need to hear about it for a whole day once a year, sheesh
How many men were added to their ranks in the same period?
Whilst this shouldn’t be a thing, if a talented individual didn’t get a job because someone less talented ticked a different gender box then it’s straight forward discrimination.
Did Guerrilla just assume it’s employees genders or are applicants forced to identify their genders before being hired?
Absolutely no problem with that at all. Amy Hennig is the person who was central to creating Uncharted, my all-time favourite series of games.
My only query when I read stories like this about any particular group is: Are they there on merit, or just to fill an arbitrary quota?
You should be looking for the best person for any particular role, not selecting them based on some quota you'd like to fill. More than that, it's insulting to the person and those they work with if both sides feel/know that they "only got the job because..."
Look at all those nerds
Great news, so long as they were all the most qualified applicants for the jobs as well as being female gendered; personally I believe in a meritocracy, so as long as this wasn't just a PR move and they were the best qualified then cool!
Great news, congratulations to the new employees, hope they get to make some excellent games.
@youreyesonly00 In the Netherlands they show good results with more women in the boards so you tell me.
@Paranoimia Yeah you get payed workers for show... 😑
Well, I hope that those who were hired were actually the best fit for the positions and didn’t get hired just to check off a box.
@Flaming_Kaiser Absolutely not what I was saying at all, but never mind. 🙄
@Devlind Its womens day, the perfect time to announce it.
@Gremio108 Gives you a chance to cry about it all day once a year though.
@Gamer4Lyfe That just makes it look even more pretentious to me, something to gain attention, not actual recognition for the women in their workforce. Look at the key word of their tweet: "We have doubled the number of women making games @Guerrilla since last #InternationalWomensDay". It feels likes just a little pat-pat on the back than actual recognition like: "We want to take a moment to thank the women @Guerrilla for their exceptional work and dedication. Without them, we don't know if could have achieved our goals to provide great experiences to our fans. We are truly grateful for their work!" or something like that.
I like their shirts. I want one.
@Devlind With some of the reactions i see a lot of people still cant handle it. Look a company tries to put more females on the staff deal with it. Im sure to put your mind at ease they hire people who can do stuff yeah its horrible...😑
You have some reasons why we need these days and when its all normal its all good. When is the last time your boss asked you how many kids you want to have when you applied for a job? Its funny too see how the lady on the board tackled the question to her boss she asked him how many kids he wants to have to shut him up.
@Gamer4Lyfe But this is the good day. It's the other 364 days I'm crying. Keep up.
@Flaming_Kaiser Call me crazy, but none of the comments on this thread are trying to say that this is wrong, just that it seems mostly pretentious. The closest thing that some have said about it is that hopefully they were hired for their abilities instead of their gender. As far as we know, Guerrilla just bragged about the number, not about their job so there's that to take into consideration.
I don't know what that last bit has to do with anything about what I've said, so I'll kindly ignore it.
@Devlind I think you are looking for problems where there are non so what they said they doubled their female staff is that a big problem?
@Flaming_Kaiser I think that you are the one that's complicating things here. I only gave my honest opinion on the matter before you replied to me.
'Positive' discrimination 😂 a sea of white also. This is meaningless information without basic current and historical stats and analysis of the whole workforce. Never mind.
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