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Female representation in the gaming industry with MissDeusGeek

We discuss all the great work she's doing to encourage women to get into games.

Dhayana Sena, aka MissDeusGeek, is a local gaming influencer with a goal to encourage and promote a more inclusive and diverse community in the world of gaming.

I was lucky enough to chat to her about all things games and how women, especially women of colour, are extremely underrepresented in the gaming industry for Friendly Fire Show #184.

A quick examination into the amount of women in games

For many women, the idea of playing video-games or working in the games industry is met with criticism. The male dominated mentality of what the games industry is still permeating the mindset of young girls and women who wish to pursue their love for video-games. However, the statistics show that women are more into games than they have ever been.

Recent studies have shown that female gamers are a rising demographic. Women in the US were found to make up roughly 41% of gamers. In Asia, women also make up a similar percentage of gamers. And with these numbers expected to continue to grow, this idea of gaming being a male dominated hobby is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

However, despite this rise in women playing games, the industry itself is struggling to reflect these numbers. Even more so, the culture of the gaming industry is still struggling to accept women as equal in the industry. A 2020 study by Forbes looked into this disparity between women playing games and women working in the industry. The study found that of the top fourteen global gaming companies, 84% of executive positions are held by men. Furthermore, outside of the executive roles, only 24% of those working in the industry are women.

Chatting with MissDeusGeek

A wearer of many hats, Dhayana Sena does a wide variety of work. She is an award winning Xbox Ambassador, representing the region of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Additionally within Xbox, she was also the founder of the non-for-profit group Women of Xbox, an initiative that works for empower women to embrace their gaming side.

(Image Credit: Dhayana Sena)

Dhayana also works in marketing for Madman Entertainment, a theatrical and home entertainment distributor here in Australia.

In our chat, we spoke about the struggles of growing up female gamers and how many other young women resonate with the struggles this can entail. She also spoke on the ways that the industry can adapt to become a more inclusive space and place for all types of gamers.

To hear the full interview and our conversation, check out the audio below!

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About the author

Eleni Thomas

Eleni has been playing videogames for as long as she can remember and has been writing about them since starting her journalism studies in 2019.

A lover of all games but a giant Nintendo nerd, she even has the Triforce tattoo to prove it.