We’ve joined forces with Creative England to find and fund England’s top female game developers and freelancers via an innovative crowdfunding partnership.
A widely reported 49% of gamers in the UK are women but only 12% of the people making the games are female. This partnership aims to put the creative juices of the female counterpart of the industry into the spotlight, jump-starting more opportunities across the board.
We are distributing the initial £15k fund to women in the gaming world who are looking to create, write, build and develop games for the ever-growing industry.
Female developers are invited to upload their projects to Crowdfunder to raise the funds to make their great ideas happen. The first five projects with the most support will each receive an additional £3k boost from Creative England, a not-for-profit organisation investing and nurturing the country’s richly diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries.
This partnership will enable female game developers and industry pioneers to receive the funding they need to support their work alongside reaching out to the digital industry to raise awareness of the sector, their creativity, skills and achievements.
Siobhan Reddy, one of the UK’s most influential women and leading female gaming developer, from Media Molecule, commented:
“This is a fabulous opportunity for girls wanting to make games to get some funding and manifest their dreams!
“We change the future of games by making games in the ways that we want, about the subjects we want with the people that we gel with. I can’t wait to see the ideas that are put forward, and the people that come out of the woodwork.”
Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games & Digital at Creative England, said: “We regularly support games studios across the English regions but we don’t see nearly enough female developers putting applications in.
“We know there are some incredible female devs out there, and it’s important for us to work with the industry to even out the playing field. We hope that ‘Queen of Code’ will help women in the industry engage with us through this exciting collaboration with Crowdfunder, and ultimately enrich an already blossoming games sector in the UK.”
Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder said: Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder said: “The Queen Of Code campaign is the first of many that we will be launching with Creative England, helping to fund and discover the best creative talent in England.
“This particular campaign with Creative England is just what the industry needs to throw the spotlight on the fantastic talent the gaming industry has – and to amplify female voices and skills in what is often considered a male dominated sector.
Female game developers, writers, designers and coders can upload their crowdfunding project at any point, which will then be automatically placed into the Queen of Code Crowdfunder campaign. Alternatively, to take part, please register interest here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/queenofcode