Our goal since 2011 has been to attract more diverse talent to the games industry as contributors, employees, and founders in Finland. Today, our goal is still the same – but we’ve grown from a network of women and peers into an actual non-profit organisation to support minorities in games on a broader spectrum.
There are more career opportunities than ever within the games industry, and it’s only going to grow even bigger. Still, only 20 percent of the people working within the Finnish games industry are women. According to the Developer Satisfaction Survey by International Game Developers Association, the industry is dominated by cis males (74 percent), white/caucasian/Europeans (61 percent), and heterosexuals (81 percent).
Yet we have plenty of women and/or transgender people, people of color, and non-heterosexuals working or looking to work in games. Our role is to make them feel included and seen. Our job is to create equal opportunities for everyone.
We in Games Finland works closely with companies in the Finnish game industry, and we accept companies as our support members.
What we do
We in Games Finland organises events, workshops, and mentorship opportunities. We run our own projects and participate in projects that support our goals. Our activities also include other forms of sharing information, connections, and trainings to our members.
WiGFi also maintains We in Games Finland group on Facebook and shares resources and information about diversity within games and technology through its channels.
Anyone can apply to We in Games Finland membership regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, financial situation, body or disability.
WiGFi is a member of Neogames Finland, the member-based non-profit game industry organization.
During our annual meeting in 2020, we decided to move to a more inclusive name, and starting August 31st of 2020 our name changed into We in Games Finland.