It might sound stereotypical, but the world of video games is still very much dominated by men. Just like most technological jobs, there’s significantly less women active in the games industry. According to some reports, only one in five professional developers are female.
Interface3 is a Brussels based organisation that wants to level the playing field by offering IT-related training programs to unemployed women. There’s a 13 month game developer course that focuses on learning several coding languages and getting to grips with development tools such as Unity.
Graduates of this program are already finding their way into our beautiful industry. Take Sophie Roch for example: after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Roman languages and literature and two unfinished master degrees, she now works as a software engineer for Alterface, a Louvain-la-Neuve based multinational that creates interactive theme park rides.
French born Camille Cherchi, who trained for a career in digital illustration in France, was trying to make a living by selling her work online and moonlighting as a cashier and entertainer at a Sea Life center before she took the course. Only two months after graduating, she was hired by proud FLEGA member eXiin as a 2D/3D cartoon animator to work on the upcoming Ary & The Secret of Seasons and what she was born to do.
These are but two fine examples of female talents that were guided to the #BelgianGamesIndustry by Interface3 this year, and we hope there are many more to follow.