You may recall the Q&A that Nintendo held at their investor’s briefing a week ago. Well, there was another interesting question asked that was answered by both Shinya Takahashi and Shigeru Miyamoto. Recently, we reported on data that revealed that the ratio of women and men playing on the Nintendo Switch was 50/50 in Q4 2018, with 20% more women playing on the Switch compared to the year before, in Q2 2017. Coincidentally, at the investor’s meeting, one investor asked “female gamers are growing in number year after year, but what is the proportion of female employees in your hardware and software development departments”?
Nintendo director Shinya Takahashi was the first to respond, saying that “there are many female developers in the software development departments. Especially, there [is a lot of design work] involved in developing software, and a very high number of females among our designers. Many of them have children, and we have created an environment to work with comfort even for those who have children. I think that it is a very good workplace where women can participate actively and find satisfaction in their work”.
Shigeru Miyamoto also replied to the question, explaining that “there are also many females actively involved in development. The director of the Animal Crossing series is a woman, and there are many female designers working actively. When I had chances to look at other development companies in Europe and the US, they give the impression that they’re overwhelmingly male-dominated. Compared to companies like that, Nintendo has a lot of female developers energetically working”.