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We are delighted that our COO and CFO Nusrat Shah (pictured) has been shortlisted for next month’s MCV/Develop Women in Games Awards, in the Businesswoman of the Year category.

Nusrat joined us in 2012 and over the past couple of years, she has been focusing on helping to grow Exient as a successful game developer and publisher. Most recently, this has seen us rebrand the Sad Puppy and Donut labels under the Exient Publishing moniker, as we build on the success of the Lemmings mobile game by seeking out new licensing IP agreements.

Just as importantly – if not more so – Nusrat has played a key role in the welfare of Exient staff. The company pivoted to working from home ahead of the official lockdowns, and Nusrat has since spent much time keeping in touch with staff to ensure their wellbeing, organising virtual ‘socials’, onboarding new staff and more.

With all of this in mind, we believe the Women in Games nomination is well-deserved and we wish her all the very best of luck.

Of course, we wish all the finalists across the Women in Games Awards categories the very best, too. And we thank MCV for hosting these very important awards – highlighting the female talent across the industry is important, not only to celebrate these individuals, but to show those looking in from outside of the industry that this is an inclusive place.

Much work is still to be done in terms of gender balance within games. From Ukie’s Diversity Census, published earlier this year, we know that 70% of people working in games are male, compared to 28% female and 2% non-binary workers. It’s also worth highlighting that female representation in the workforce is also significantly under the national average of those in work, as well as less than in cultural and creative roles more generally.

Exient are passionate believers in a broad inclusive workforce/team and encourage people from all backgrounds to join the industry and apply for Exient jobs.

Mobile is now the most popular games platform, and the people who enjoy our games come from across the globe and across all age and gender groups – the teams within Exient need to represent the players of our games in order for us to enjoy success with a global audience.

We need events like the MCV Women in Games awards to focus our industry on continuing with its Diversity & Inclusion efforts, and to encourage more young women to join this great business. We’re looking forward to the ceremony next month.

You can find out more about the MCV Women in Games awards by clicking here.