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Closing the Gender Gap in Game Audio Design

Debbie Gonzalez  (EP / Head of Studio, The Sound Lab a Keywords Studio)

Kat Wenske  (Audio Director / Executive Producer, Team Audio)

Monet Gardiner  (Dialogue Designer, Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation)

Alexandra Takei  (Business Director, Ruckus Games)

Gina Zdanowicz  (Founder, Serial Lab Sound)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy, Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

The percentage of gamers who identify as female has hovered around 50% since 2014. However the demographics of the studios that develop the games they play does not reflect this population ratio, with 23% to 30% of game developers identifying as women. While the demographics of the game development industry as a whole are inching towards parity, the field of game audio is struggling, with only 12% of game audio professionals identifying as women. Why is the game audio industry falling behind in creating a more equitable and diverse community?

Join a distinguished and accomplished group of women developers as they tackle this issue through insightful discussion of the underrepresentation of women in game audio and how it relates to the game development industry overall. Panelists address the underlying causes of inequality unique to game audio and strategies for building a more gender diverse industry. Discussion topics include recruitment, education, language, messaging, work environments, safety, and leadership.


Attendees will gain a better understanding of the conditions which contribute to gender inequality in game audio design and how to promote equality. In particular, studio leadership will gain insights into promoting a work environment that is safe for women and one that fosters career growth and mentorship for women working in game audio. Hiring managers will lean about recruiting and hiring methods that are inclusive and non-gendered.

Intended Audience

This is for game audio developers and those in a position to hire audio developers and build audio teams.

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