Jessica Curry, composer and joint studio head at The Chinese Room, is leaving the studio. Curry wrote about her reasons, both personal and professional, in a blog post. The post is well worth reading. Among other things (including illness and working conditions in game development), Curry speaks of the sexism she’s faced while working in the industry.
“I thought I was strong enough to lead the charge, to prove through talent and hard work and positivity that women have a vital role to play…on a personal level I look back at my huge contribution to the games that we’ve made and I have had to watch Dan get the credit time and time again. I’ve had journalists assuming I’m Dan’s PA, I have been referenced as “Dan Pinchbeck’s wife” in articles, publishers on first meeting have automatically assumed that my producer is my boss just because he’s a man, one magazine would only feature Dan as Studio Head and wouldn’t include me. When Dan has said “Jess is the brains of the operation” people have knowingly chuckled and cooed that it’s nice of a husband to be so kind about his wife. I don’t have enough paper to write down all of the indignities that I’ve faced.”
Curry points to at least one instance in which credit for an idea she had was attributed to another employee. When asked why it mattered, she responded “It only doesn’t matter who gets the credit when you’re the person who always gets the credit!”
While Curry will still be on-site at The Chinese Room, she’ll be focusing more on composing (both for that studio and others). I highly recommend reading her blog post in her own words--she has a lot to say, and it’s something a lot of us need to hear. Hopefully we’ll see more of Curry’s gorgeous soundtrack work in the future.