Computer games designer calls for more women to enter industry

Abertay graduate Sophia George is encouraging more women to go into computer games design.

Abertay games designers

A Bafta award-winning computer games designer from Dundee is calling for more women to enter the industry.

Sophia George has launched her company's first game and hopes to inspire more young girls to follow in her footsteps.

She is co-founder of Swallowtail Games but says she is in the minority in her industry and wants to dispel stereotypes of gaming as something simply for young men.

She said: "It is a big problem, about 47% of all gamers are women but you wouldn't have guessed it really and there isn't that many women in the games industry as well so one of the things I'd like to do is raise awareness of women in games and try and encourage other girls to get into the industry as well."

She and her team won Abertay University's Dare to be Digital design contest in 2011 and last year they scooped the Bafta Ones to Watch award.

They then secured £25,000 worth of funding to develop their own game Tick Tock Toys, which was released on Friday.

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