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In a bid to combat industry ageism Game Advocacy unveils first 50 Over 50 list

In a bid to combat industry ageism Game Advocacy unveils first 50 Over 50 list

The games industry’s first 50 Over 50 list was revealed this week.

Headed up by former IGDA executive director Kate Edwards, Game Advocacy has put together a list of 50 influential figures in games to combat ageism within the sector.

The shortlist was chosen from over 201 submissions, ranked by which 50 received the most nominations. The list stars some impressive names including Uncharted writer Amy Hennig; Atari veteran Jeff Minter and Doom legend John Romero.

Response to ageism 'tepid'

“Ageism is a rampant problem in the game industry and within the broader technology sector, even more so as first generations of game creators reach their traditional 'retirement years'," read a statement on the Game Advocacy website.

"While sexism in the industry has garnered tremendous attention, and rightfully so, the response to ageism has typically been tepid by comparison.

“The 50 Over 50 list was conceived to help counter the trend of glossing over ageism and playing off the much trumpeted 30 Under 30 lists.”

Right now the list isn’t penned as an annual event. But if this inaugural celebration goes well Games Advocacy are keen to continue running the nominations for years to come.

You can find the 50 Over 50 2018 list here.


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer, game developer and public speaker. Relatively new to the scene, she's already been recognised by GamesIndustry.biz and A MAZE for contributions to games culture. Her work has regularly appeared in PCGamesN, alongside sites like RPS, Eurogamer and Polygon.

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