Happy international Women’s day 2020!

Since last year, Jagex has welcomed some awesome new women into the team, and we hope that along with some of our awesome content creators that we can answer any questions you have. What’s it like to work in the Games Industry? What are our favourite RuneScape one-liners? Do we have any pets (real or virtual)? Ask away! We'd love to give you some insights on what working in and with games is like - and what the people behind the games enjoy and do! If you're a RuneScape/OSRS player and have some questions about our work and views, we're looking forward to answering, but please be aware that we won't be able to look into single account issues and problems! Our help pages should hopefully help you address those: https://support.runescape.com/

We love seeing women in the games industry and hope we can encourage more to join us! And if you are interested in joining the industry, why don't you have a look at our careers page and apply? https://www.jagex.com/en-GB/careers

Participants:

  • JagexTea – Junior Data Scientist
  • JagexDio – Full Stack Developer
  • JagexGee – Junior Character Artist (OSRS)
  • JagexSel – Character Artist (RS)
  • JagexBlkWitch – Junior Environment Artist (RS)
  • JagexMaylea – Content Developer (RS)
  • JagexMohawk – Senior Technical Developer (RS)
  • JagexAethra – Creative Producer
  • JagexPurPur – Localisation Lead
  • ModZhou – Corporate Translator
  • Jagex_Noodles – Anti-Cheating Specialist
  • JagexAthena – Anti-Cheating Specialist
  • JagexJZ – HR Specialist

Content Creators:

  • Knightenator: Twitch content creator
  • LucyOSRS: Twitch content creator
  • Sloostier aka ScardyGinge: Twitch content creator

Moderators:

  • JagexErrol – Junior Copywriter
  • JagexCookie – UA Graphic Designer
  • JagexMeds - Digital Marketing Executive
  • JagexPebble - QA Analyst

Proof: https://i.redd.it/r4ywn77abpk41.png

EDIT: We're leaving the office now - some of us might still have an eye on this later on from home :) Thank you all for asking questions!

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JaqueeVee12 karma

How did yall get into this industry? Have you faced a lot of challenges/obstacles in this career because of your gender?

Thanks!

JagexPurpur2 karma

I studied something Computer Science related and during this figured out that I really wanted to work in games. After I finished, I applied to all kinds of jobs: QA, Game Design and also translation and testing. Turns out, reading a lot of fantasy books as a kid and having a deep running love for English and puns is actually quite a useful skill and I got the job in Localisation as a Tester and Translator!

I stuck around longer than I originally anticipated, still with Jagex after 5.5 years!

The Localisation Team I am in has a pretty good gender balance, so in my immediate circles, I did not notice a lot of problems. During Uni, I remember a few awkward discussions though where I was the only women that had to weigh in one some weird discussions and clear up some misconceptions!

Eve_Coon8 karma

With being in development, how do you feel about the way the female body is displayed in most games? Some games are very revealing, do you try to limit the exposure?

JagexPurpur2 karma

Hmm, tricky one! Personally I dislike it if there is an imbalance between and the male and female version of the same armour. If the male one is super protective and the female one is ultra revealing, that is not great. If you give everyone the same range and choice, I think that is cool!

Mobiusman20205 karma

What is your professional advice and real advice for young people wanting to make games?

JagexPurpur3 karma

Hi! It depends a lot on the discipline, but if I had to give general advice I would say: Stay on it and don't be discouraged. Find a mentor if you can. If you want to work on a game you are passionate about, ask yourself: Can I prioritize my job over my interests as players?

The_B4 karma

Are there any examples of other women and/or their work either in Jagex or beyond in the larger gaming industry that inspire you/you aspire to be like in your own work either as creators or the games industry in general?

JagexMaylea5 karma

I have to say I've been impressed by the relentless positivity our very own Mod Loiosh has displayed in the office. She's had to deal with a fair bit of flack in her life and her previous experiences in the industry, and her energy and wit have really driven the point to me of why she is where she is now. She's an inspiration.

JagexMaylea6 karma

Also, I've been a long-term fan of u/prezleek's work and always have a giddy fangirl moment when I bump into her at Runefest!

This said there are loads of very talented people out there and this was by no mean an exhaustive list.

prezleek2 karma

<3

JagexPurpur3 karma

Can confirm! I am always looking forward to the next one :D

JagexPurpur4 karma

Oh, so many! Gaohmee (Twitter) is an amazing game designer and I do look up to her a lot. In this company, there's a whole bunch of bold and awesome ladies who I aspire to be more like :) I love the persistence and passion of many of our content creators.

And if I could draw only half as good as Dagna (one of our artists) my life would be complete ^^

Mindless_Unit4 karma

What is your favorite part of designing games?

JagexPurpur5 karma

Hiding eastereggs and little jokes and waiting to see how long it takes for people to find them!

Chtorrr3 karma

What are your pets?

JagexPurpur3 karma

I don't have of my own at the moment but I keep eyeing the cat and dog adoption pages and I catsit for a lot of my colleagues :D

bigmanbman3 karma

What's your skin care routine?

JagexPurpur3 karma

Water and a microfibre cloth... I don't have that much patience for these kind of things in the evening.

JoeQing3 karma

Which God(s) would you follow if you lived in Gielinor and why?

JagexPurpur2 karma

Brassica Prime - for the deliciousness!

Antzlive3 karma

How many employees does Jagex have? Is it a typical "gamer" atmosphere or is it the vibe no different to any other office job?

JagexPurpur3 karma

I think we're coming to around 400? It is definitely a fun mix of office and gamer vibes! There are open plan office spaces and regular desks, but then there are also godswords and pieces of armour strewn around in between and we have lots of amazing artwork up. Plus there are some nice gaming areas for break times, definitely more chill than some other offices I have seen!

Darkchyylde3 karma

What is the one thing you do like and one thing you don't like about the Runescape community?

JagexPurpur5 karma

My favourite thing is our awesome art community! I love seeing the creativity and love that players pour into their art pieces.

One thing that sometimes makes me a bit sad is how extreme some of the comments can get, especially when specific people are targeted. I think feedback is such an important part of game development and it can be so helpful and contribute a lot to making the game the best it can be, but having to filter through a lot of nonconstructive negativity can make it really hard.

Iseefloatingstufftoo3 karma

what is your favourite piece of content/contribution to the game made by someone else?

JagexPurpur2 karma

That is a tough one, there is so much stuff in there that I loved. But probably Violet is Blue - a lot of heart went into it (translating it and going awwww the the dialogue was a really lovely memory too!)

holydamned2 karma

What has Jagex done to combat sexism both in studio and in game? And how can as women (players and developers), we all continue to influence change within the industry?

JagexPurpur8 karma

Like @JagexJZ already said, we do have an internal Diversity group that was started up by a bunch of us. We are running employee driven initiatives (like this AMA) and offer people a platform to share ideas for improvements!

There are a lot of ways to tackle this from different angles: - Get support! We have buy in from lots of high level people in the company that stand behind our initiatives, which helps a lot. - Elevate others: See open job positions and know a woman that would be perfect for the role? Encourage and champion women you know! - Inspire new generations. My favourite day at work this year was definitely when we hosted a work shop together with Girls' Game Lab and taught 8-12 year old girls how to make their first game in one afternoon! We also went to a few school career days and talked about our jobs. I wish someone had told me early on this was a possible career path, so I could have learned many of the required skills earlier on! - Offer platforms and ways that allow people to safely point out bad stuff.

Chtorrr2 karma

What is the very best cheese?

JagexPurpur3 karma

German mountain cheese or Gruyere type stuff!

Rawssy2 karma

What is your proudest gaming achievement?

And off the back of this, what is your most embarrassing gaming moment?

JagexPurpur3 karma

Getting the gold trophies in all levels of Catherine! So much swearing was involved in this one :D

The most embarrassing one? When my mum absolutely smashed my Tetris Highscore as a kid!

JagexPurpur2 karma

Sneakily using this to ask our content creators: What was your favourite stream/video you made?