Addressing Diversity: Geoff Keighley's Commitment to Inclusion at Summer Game Fest
Geoff Keighley, the founder and host of Summer Game Fest, has acknowledged criticism of the lack of diversity in this month's showcase, which featured no women on stage.
The online event, which began on June 10th and will run until August 24th, aims to offer fans a platform to experience the latest gaming announcements and reveals from the comfort of their own homes.
However, despite featuring numerous industry heavyweights such as Hideo Kojima and Phil Spencer, some fans and industry insiders were quick to point out that there was no visible female representation at the event.
In response to this criticism, Keighley took to Twitter to acknowledge the issue, saying that he "absolutely" wants to improve diversity in the showcase.
"I hear the feedback and promise to do better. The whole industry needs to do more on this important issue. More to come," he tweeted.
This is not the first time the industry has faced criticism over its lack of diversity, with the ongoing #MeToo movement shedding light on instances of harassment and abuse within the gaming industry.
However, with more and more women and minorities enjoying gaming, it is becoming increasingly important for the industry to address these issues and ensure that events such as Summer Game Fest showcase diverse perspectives and talent.
While many fans have praised Keighley for acknowledging the issue and promising to improve, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the gaming industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all.
It is important for industry leaders to take proactive steps towards diversity and representation, not only in events but also in the development and marketing of games, as this can lead to a wider range of perspectives and experiences being available to gamers.