A new organization called BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) in Games recently launched in the UK. The group’s goal is to encourage and promote more diverse talent to work in the gaming industry.
BAME in Games was started by David Smith, who also founded Women in Games. The organization is a free network that will work to actively support existing minority employees. They will also work to talk with companies and educate them on the benefits of having a diverse workforce.
The UK has a very low representation of BAME groups working in gaming and other creative media sectors, according to a study published in March by Creative Skillset’s Employment Census 2015. The study says that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups are only 4 percent of the workforce in gaming, and that number is actually down from 4.7 percent in 2012.
““We would like to provide some focus on the talent that the games industry is failing to attract. Games and the wider entertainment industry should attract the very best from all backgrounds. We want to nurture more talent from minority groups. We can also do more to promote the benefits of a diverse workforce,” says Smith.
The first chair of the group is Kish Hirani, who has worked for the BBC, Microsoft and Sony, and he will be supported by two vice chairs, Tanya Laird of Digital Jam and Adam Campbell of Hopster.