Esports for the mind: Women in Gaming

100 Professionals of Play

Feb 20, 2019
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Much has been said about the role of women in the gaming industry, although it’s probably just better to ask the women themselves. So that is exactly what Meagan Marie, the writer of Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play, did. The book gives an inside look at the experiences of a hundred women in video games each with very different roles.


Described as a "celebration of women's accomplishments in the video game industry," ranging from high-level executives to programmers to cosplayers, the book focuses on their varied and vital roles in the industry. Featured women include Ashly Burch, Emmy-winning writer and voice actress, Carol Shaw, Industry Icon award recipient, and Tracy Fullerton, designer & director of USC Game Innovation Lab.


In November of 2018, the first and only edition was released under book publisher Random House. The cover of the book depicts a woman raising a video game controller, with a strong gesture and a deep look, through a pair of yellow crystals and cyan framed glasses.


Each of the 100 profiles spans several pages with a brief biography of the subject. The graphic design of the book gives everything a pixelated retro video game look with each subject receiving tongue-in-cheek video game descriptions including categories like, stats, standard equipment, or experience. 


The 300-page tome offers an inside look into the typical day of these women of the video game industry and how they see the industry from their vantage points as streamers, actresses, professional players, designers, and more.