When 2K Games' new Silicon Valley studio was announced in February 2019, president Michael Condrey (pictured) said that diversity was an important factor in the team he was going to create at the new developer.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz when the new outfit was revealed, the Sledgehammer Games vet said that: "Diverse teams are more creative, more innovative, hit deadlines better and ultimately create experiences that are compelling to the broadest audience possible."
So it came as something of a surprise in doing our latest studio Deep Dive - looking at who is working at new and interesting games companies - to find that just four of the 34 2K Silicon Valley employees listed on LinkedIn are women, with the rest of the studio's workforce made up of mostly white men.
Given Condrey's commitment to a diverse workforce when his new studio was announced, we reached out to 2K Games for comment with specific questions about the studio's hiring process - the publisher replied with the below statement.
“2K Silicon Valley was founded on a core value of building a diverse studio that helps our industry pursue a more inclusive environment for developers and gamers," a 2K Games spokesperson told PCGamesInsider.biz.
"We know this will take time and conviction, and we have not wavered in that pursuit. We’re confident we’re on the journey to reach that destination.
"2K Silicon Valley is already a diverse group with varied backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints and cultures. Equally, our creative ambitions reflect a diverse and inclusive target that reflect our culture. The studio continues to grow our team and with each new hire we get closer to our goals of being able to reach the widest audience due to the authenticity of story-telling from our exceptional team of passionate employees.”
You can read more about the talent that 2K Silicon Valley has hired in our studio Deep Dive, which is going live on Monday