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SOE Sponsors Girls in Gaming

Posted Wed, Feb 20, 2008 by Aelryn

It's not sexist because women need help getting into game development. Wait...

SOE recently announced that they'll be offering a new scholarship to help girls get involved in game development.

-- In response to findings from a survey it conducted focusing on women and video games, Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) a global leader in online gaming, today announced a progressive new scholarship program with The Art Institutes designed to educate and recruit more women into the video game industry.

The official SOE G.I.R.L. -- Gamers In Real Life -- scholarship is the first of its kind with The Art Institutes to encourage students toward career paths in the creative and applied arts, ultimately resulting in the development of games that are more interesting for women to play.

"It's no secret to female gamers: Women are out there in significant numbers, playing MMOs, action games, first-person shooters, etc. What is lacking in the equation are women behind these games and we hope G.I.R.L. can help support this program," said Torrie Dorrell, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "SOE's program is a key component of our G.I.R.L. initiative because the scholarship will be the gateway for one student into this field of expertise; I invite other publishers to join us in supporting this initiative."

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[Via EarthTimes]

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