Sara "Lietgardis" Jensen carries a unique challenge in game development. She is the Lead Designer, not the first, on Shadowbane, an MMORPG that has been on the market for quite a while. Her task is to keep the game fresh, yet still maintain the vision that originally attracted its subscribers. We took the time to discuss this and other challenges in a brief developer profile Q&A.
| MMORPG.com: As a woman in a leadership role at a game company, you are a rare. Please tell us a bit about the unique challenges you faced getting to the top of an industry often described as male-dominated.
Sara "Lietgardis" Jensen: We're not such a rarity anymore. The Women's Game Conference in Austin has been successful, and Sheri Graner Ray won the Community Contribution Award at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I hear this year's GDC had the highest female attendance ever, and I noticed -- I had to wait in line for the bathroom for the first time!
The challenges you sometimes hear about women in the games industry are largely a thing of the past. I highly encourage other women interested in games to look into game development as a career.
You can read the full profile Q&A here.