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Industry has made progress when it comes to diversity, but there's still work to be done, says Siobhan Reddy

Industry has made progress when it comes to diversity, but there's still work to be done, says Siobhan Reddy

The recipient of this year's BAFTA Game Awards Fellowship prize, Media Molecule's Siobhan Reddy, has said that the games industry has changed during her career, but there is still more work to be done on the topic of diversity and inclusion.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the studio director said that the sector has made progress to bring in a wider range of people, but it's important for companies to make sure that they have the tools available to "thrive" in their roles.

"If I think about the industry I joined all those years ago, it was a really different place," Reddy said.

"There's a lot of good progress that has been made. The issues haven't really gone away. We're all making strides to bring in more diverse groups of people, we're aiming to create studios that enable people to thrive within them -- and that's incredibly important.

"It's one thing saying, 'Oh, we want to bring people in' but it's another thing having the setup so you can ensure people can thrive. That's something I'm very passionate about, and I know a lot of other people are: enabling people to do their best work.

"The world is flawed. Sexism, racism, ableism -- these things are all real, and as an industry we deal with them, too. I'm hopeful by the amount of people and studios trying to tackle big subjects... We've all got a lot of work to do, and it is work. It's about making sure we find new ways to bring people into our industry."

The BAFTA Games Awards took place last week. Reddy walked away with the Fellowship prize, while Hades won five categories on the night.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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