Creators of Goat Simulator, Coffee Stain Studios, have announced a new funding initiative to promote gender equality in the games industry.
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Levelling the Playing Field will offer funding to smaller and start-up development teams which are made up of at least 50% women. The initiative was started due to the team at Coffee Stain noticing a distinct gender imbalance when it comes to employment in the games industry.
“The current level of employment equality between women and men in the games industry is poor,” said CEO and founder of Coffee Stain, Anton Westbergh. “In the Swedish games industry only 18% of its employees are women. This number is increasing every year, however at Coffee Stain we are way too impatient to idly sit by and wait for true equality in the industry to come about. It is with this in mind that we are creating a new funding opportunity aimed at smaller development teams where at least half of the staff is made up of women”
The initiative has already partnered with Danish studio Other Tales Interactive as they work on their first game, a two-player puzzle solving adventure called Tick Tock: A Tale for Two.
You can find details of how to apply for Level the Playing Field funding here.