Praise Sony for Supporting Gender Equality in Game Development

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Target: Sony Online Entertainment

Goal: Commend Sony for continuing to support gender-equality in game development through the Gamers In Real Life scholarship

A few days ago, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) announced that they are now accepting applications for the sixth annual Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) scholarship. The scholarship, which is aimed at aspiring undergraduate college students in video game-related fields, has been praised for having a very active role towards getting women involved in the game development industry.

The scholarship, which began in 2008, is awarded to the winner of SOE’s annual Game Design Contest. The contest tasks applicants with submitting original artwork centered around a popular SOE game along with a 500-word essay explaining how the applicant would help make the game development industry, and games themselves, more appealing to women. The winner is awarded the scholarship which includes $10,000 in tuition funds applied to the school they are attending as well as a 10-week paid internship at SOE headquarters, based in San Diego, California.

One of the most interesting elements about the scholarship is that, while it is designed with women in mind, it is open for both men and women to apply to. The scholarship’s chief goal is aiding its recipients in creating a more female-friendly gaming environment, something that both men and women can do.

Help thank Sony for continuing to support the G.I.R.L. scholarship by signing this petition letter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sony Online Entertainment,

Thank you so much for continuing to support the Gamers in Real Life scholarship for six years now. As with many other professional industries, it hasn’t been an easy road to walk for women hoping to break into game development. However, thanks to scholarships such as G.I.R.L., a future in which women play a key role in game development is becoming more and more of a reality.

By signing this petition, I am pledging my hope that you’ll continue to support the G.I.R.L. scholarship, and the plight of female gamers and game developers, for many more years to come. Women in the gaming industry have proven time and again that they have a voice and that it deserves to be heard. Hopefully more companies within the gaming industry will aspire to lead by your example in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Andréia Bohner via Flickr

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