International Women’s Day 2021: Meet Maurine
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by shining a spotlight on some of the talented women who work here at Codies. First up is French localisation specialist Maurine.
Hey, could you introduce yourself to us – who are you, and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Maurine, and I’m a French localisation specialist here at Codies. On a typical day, my job is to either translate game content or do some testing to ensure that everything is working correctly on a linguistic level.
Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?
It’s important for representation and to celebrate all the amazing women of this world who have broken down barriers.
How did you get into the games industry, and what made you decide on the games industry?
I never thought I would have a career in the games industry; I always saw it as a field for only a select few. I was put in touch with a games company by a recruiting agent, which led to my first contract. This foot in the door later led to me working at Codemasters.
What’s your career highlight so far, what are you most proud of doing?
I think anyone who works in the games industry is proud when their first full project gets released, but oddly I think I felt most proud when my friend messaged me to say that he really enjoyed playing F1 2020.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started in the industry?
I wish someone could have told me how to explain to my grandparents what I do as a job – still looking for help by the way… apart from that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.
How do you think we can get more women in the games industry?
As representation matters, having women who work in the games industry present at careers’ fairs, for example, I think could inspire the next generation of women to join us. It’s obviously important that game studios also have an agile company culture that works to retain women.
What advice do you have for women trying to get into the industry?
I can only give advice to aspiring translators, but study hard and gain experience where you can first. The jobs market for the games industry is competitive (for obvious reasons) but not unreachable.
Tell us something about you we don’t know
Umm… I started a vegetable patch during the first lockdown, so I’m looking forward to eating my own homegrown vegetables in the summer.
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