Code Breakers: Women in Games

Lisy Kane, Brooke Maggs, Rebecca Fernandez, Cherie Davidson, Katharine Neil, Maru Nihoniho, Siobhan Reddy, Erin Dupuy, Elissa Harris
Saturday, 21 July 2018 to Sunday, 14 October 2018
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Did you know that almost 50% of gamers are women? Maybe, but how much do you know about the integral role that women have played shaping gaming? Though they still comprise less than 10% of the industry, the contribution of women is enormous.

Warrnambool Art Gallery is delighted to be presenting Code Breakers: Women in Games by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the first Australian exhibition celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry. Whether it’s making commercial hits or indie titles, these women know games, contributing as directors, programmers, developers, artists, writers, producers and designers.

The exhibition is full of playable games. You can crush bullies in Ninja Pizza Girl, run with animals in Armello or race suped-up cars in Need for Speed: No Limits, with games made by emerging and established makers. From platformers, RPGs and digital board games to graphical adventures and puzzlers, there’s something for everyone, at every skill level.

Alongside the fun, Code Breakers ponders important questions in the post-Gamergate landscape: How do women carve a path in an industry that has historically been hostile towards them? How do we encourage diversity? What does a more inclusive games industry look like? Each maker reflects on the sometimes challenging journey they’ve made in this male-dominated industry, revealing the human stories behind their games.

Curated in collaboration with an advisory committee consisting of key industry figures Kate Inabinet, Helen Stuckey and Leena van Deventer.

Explore the Games

Click here to learn more about the games featured in the Code Breakers exhibition.

Five tips for rising above the haters as a woman in games

Click here to read an inspiring article by author Leena van Deventer on how to survive and thrive as a women in the gaming industry.

Meet the makers

10 game makers are featured in this exhibition, including: Lisy Kane, Producer at League of Geeks, co-founder of Girl Geek Academy and one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in the games category; Katharine Neil, independent Game Developer and Director of the hugely influential game 'Escape From Woomera', Maru Nihoniho, Founder and Managing Director of Metia Interactive and recipient of a New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to the game industry; and Siobhan Reddy, Co-Founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, names in Fortune's 10 most powerful women in gaming.

Banner image: Code Breakers makers (L-R): Lisy Kane, Brooke Maggs, Rebecca Fernandez, Cherie Davidson, Katharine Neil, Maru Nihoniho, Siobhan Reddy, Erin Dupuy, Elissa Harris