“There are also a few exceptions but not the hottest games right now. That makes it difficult to produce games from a women’s perspective, ”commented associate professor.
The same goes for South Korea, the world’s sixth-largest video game market with half the country’s population.
While women account for 42% of the total number of gamers in Korea, the number of female game developers is very small, accounting for only about 25% of the workforce in the industry. In addition, women working in this sector are under great pressure from gender inequality.
According to AFP, many gamers, mainly men, take the time to follow each like, share or comment of female employees in the video game industry to see if they support feminism or not. If they do, they will file a lawsuit, pressure and threaten to boycott the agency.
“They are constantly attacking those who post something even slightly related to women’s rights issues. They ask the company to fire that employee immediately, ”said a senior manager at a game company.
In 2016, Korea’s leading game company Nexon was forced to fire a voice actress in the face of public pressure. Before that, the girl posted a picture wearing a T-shirt with the words “Girls don’t need princes in their life”.