Women in Games Ambassador: Marta Koszlak
We recently caught up with Marta Koszlak, Social Media & Community Manager in Katowice, to discuss some of the challenges facing women in the video games industry today, as well as her role as a Women in Games Ambassador.
What inspired your journey into the video games industry?
I believe that you spend way too much time at work to be doing something you don’t love! Video games have always been not only a passion of mine but also an escape, a sort of shelter from difficult situations in life.
As a woman in games, what challenges have you had to face throughout your career?
My career in the video games industry is still rather short (just over a year), but I remember my time at the University of St Andrews where I’d often get strange looks whenever I mentioned wanting to go into the video games industry. I think that’s because most of my friends wanted a career in politics or finance and the fact there’s still maybe a lack of awareness surrounding working in video games, especially for women.
I believe it is vital for women to have a strong support system in male-dominated industries, and I really wanted to be a part of this push for change.
Statistically speaking, we face more challenges than women in industries where the gender ratio is more equal. That’s why I consider belonging to support systems like the Women in Games community not only beneficial but also necessary. If I can share my knowledge and learn from others, that’s just an added bonus.
Are there any Women in Games Ambassador initiatives you’re particularly proud of?
I’m proud of each and every Women in Games Ambassador initiatives, from online coffee hangouts to awards ceremonies celebrating women in games. They’re all great opportunities to meet fantastic people.
One initiative that stood out to me is Luna Javier’s mentorship programme. Luna is a Filipina Game Designer and Women in Games Ambassador whom I had the pleasure of meeting at our discussion panel during last year’s Women in Games Conference. As part of this programme, she offered three months of mentoring to three game developers, with regular meetings to help them achieve their goals. I think it’s fantastic, and so kind of Luna to share her knowledge, experience, and passion with game developers at the beginning of their career journeys.
What advice would you give to other women considering a career in the video games industry?
If it’s something you’re passionate about, go for it! The video games industry is growing rapidly, and there are more and more opportunities appearing on the market every day.
However, as with any industry, you’re going to face various challenges. Remember to find your support system – whether within a women-focused ERG (Employee Resource Group), mentorship programmes or our awesome Women in Games Community Discord!
Lastly, let your passion and determination drive positive change and help shift perceptions. Don’t give up!
About Women in Games:
Keywords Studios is proud to partner with Women in Games. The purpose of Women in Games is to advance a fair, equal and safe environment that empowers girls and women in the global gaming ecosystem.
Its vision is to create an environment which enables full equity of opportunity, treatment and conditions, empowering all girls and women – of any ethnicity, orientation and background – to achieve their full potential in games and esports. By investing in women and girls, Women in Games believes it will be instrumental in influencing positive societal change – with significant benefits for the games industry around the world.
Women in Games is a not-for-profit organisation with a global community.