After Gamergate, female video game developers on the rise




PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Students from an all-female arts college in Philadelphia stood out without even trying when they attended a conference for video game developers last year.

Rising Moore College of Art & Design senior Lindsey O'Brien says they were basically the only girls in the room.

But the male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women get involved in designing, playing and reviewing them.

While the on-going cyber harassment of female gamers known as "Gamergate" indicates reluctance by some to accept the growing number of women in the industry, mainstream institutions are welcoming all to the console.

According to a 2015 survey by the International Game Developers Association, the number of female video game developers has doubled in the last seven years, from 11 percent in 2009 to about 21 percent now.