There are many inspiring people in the video game industry. These people are able to push the boundaries for what gaming is, or what it could be. Many women have worked on award-winning games, such as No Man’s Sky, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Uncharted. This blog post honors those women who were either writers, developers, video actress, composers, or worked on forwarding the gaming industry in any shape or form.

Danielle Bunten Berry

American game designer and programmer, Berry got her start when she sold a real-time auction game for the Apple II in 1978. She is most well known for working on a game called M.U.LE. which is considered one of the first influential multiplayer games. Berry has won multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, was inducted in the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

 

Ellen Beeman

American fantasy and science fiction author, she has had an extensive career as a television screenwriter and a computer game producer and designer. She describes herself as “mom, videogame designer, and producer, author, gadget geekette, Celtic fiddler, former TV writer and city commissioner, etc.” Beeman is credited for being one of the most influential women in the gaming industry, has worked on over 40 games, and became an independent game developer in 2019. 

 

Michelle David

An up-and-comer in the mobile gaming industry, she started developing games right out of college and quickly became the head of her own team. David saw the mobile gaming industry as an untapped market, as women make up the majority of mobile gamers. She has been the head of multiple projects and created numerous structures, game rules, and menus for her games. David wants to inspire other females to explore a career in gaming. With the continuous growth of the industry, including the billion-dollar online casino sector, that is highly possible in the coming years.

 

Keiko Erikawa

Japanese video game designer and co-founder of Koei has worked with a team of only women, called the Ruby Party, to create and release games. She developed a game called Angelique, which was the first-ever visual novel game released and published by Otome games. She has worked on multiple games, including the widely popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a series of strategy games.

 

Jennifer Hale

Voice actress extraordinaire Jennifer Hale has likely played at least one of your favorite video game characters. Her works include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioShock Infinite, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, and Mass Effect. She has appeared in hundreds of games and voiced one of the first trans man characters, Krem, for Dragon Age: Inquisition, in gaming. Hale was recognized as the most prolific video game voice actor (female) by the Guinness World Records in 2013.

 

Miki Higashino

Japanese composer Miki Higashino worked briefly with Konami to create some of the most prolific and impressive scores for gaming in history. She worked on many Suikoden games, as well as Gradius. She took a long break from her career to focus on raising her family since 2007, but she sometimes appears on soundtracks for other Japanese games from time to time.

 

Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon

South Korean esports star and professional was the first female player signed into the Overwatch League as a core player. It should be mentioned that she played for Shanghai Dragons, the lowest-scoring team in the league. However, the fact that she made it to such a high place in competitive gaming should still be congratulated. As Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nabzer stated, she has inspired millions of girls around the world.

 

Joelle Silverio

Joelle Silverio is one of the first African-American game designers to breakthrough in the industry. Her resume is full of multiple award-winning games, including SMITE, EVE Online, and World of Darkness. Silverio is considered a jack-of-all-trades in her industry, as she is not only a game designer, but she’s also a software engineer, animator, and visual effects artists. Play one of her more recent games: Killing Floor 2.