Claire features in our list for the second straight year.
In addition to her inclusion in the 2016 MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty, in the past year, Claire has released her first title, developed her second, exhibited at PAX, Volunteered at GCAP, spoken at NZGDC, Play by Play and GDC, exhibited at Wavelength and worked on a large studio mobile game.
Claire counts her advocacy of endemic industry issues around crunch and workplace discrimination at GDC and Play by Play as her biggest contribution to the industry and a platform from which to build from.
Claire tells us, “The past 12-months have been some of the most challenging of my life to date, after releasing my first game a year ago, I was thrown straight into making a new one. We had the opportunity to develop for new platforms and demo at PAX Aus last year. It was extraordinarily intense balancing professional development of two games while still studying and made this the focus of my GDC talk. I wanted to start advocating for helping students develop commercial products while not perpetuating the industry’s destructive attitude towards crunch.”
“At the end of this, I moved to a new role which led to a lot of toxic burnout and mental health issues; I made it my advocacy for my Play by Play talk this year to encourage minorities to speak out. My focus for the rest of the year will be around advocating for Women in games and encouraging minorities to speak out and share their stories. I want to contribute to amplifying the voices of the games industry’s most vulnerable members and use my experiences as the driving force behind my advocacy for women in games as well as mental health.”
Speaking of her inclusion in this year’s list, Claire tells MCV Pacific, “The importance of these lists are beyond description. Women and other minorities face many challenges around endemic gender bias and discrimination, which ultimately drive them out of the games industry. It is imperative that we acknowledge their contributions and continue to encourage and support each other as we challenge systemic industry issues and practices.”
“I am infinitely proud of all the women on this list and everything they do contribute to our industry in spite of the adversity they have faced, and I am extremely humbled to be among so many women I admire.”