Meet Kate Edwards: GamerGirl Behind the Scenes

When thinking into the gaming business, women of high rank are not the first thing to come to mind. But this is not true as we take a look at one woman that has even taken pages in Fortune and the Huffington Post: Kate Edwards.

Kate Edwards is currently the Executive Director of International Game Developers Association as of December 2012. IGDA is a non-profit organization, which main focus is on helping game developers and their careers through connections and advice. Edwards was born February 1965, on the 24th, sating out, she earned her B.A. in Geography and got a certificate in Cartography as of 1988, she then furthered her education to a M.A. in Geography at the University of Washington in 1991.

Named one of the top 10 women in gaming by CNN Money website, Kate is known for the many of things she has accomplished in the gaming world, and like everyone she started with a first job and worked up.

Originally, Edwards started out as a contractor for Microsoft, after six years with the company she founded a team called 360x200Geopolitical Strategy. Many people when thinking of the gaming world see designers, and writers, even the voice actors that give verbal life to some of the most remembered characters. But many do not think of what else goes on behind the making of a game. One job that is often over looked is known as Geopolitical Strategist, which involves detecting and fixing geopolitical, and cultural issues that can appear in games. From the years of 1995 to 2005, she was largely responsible for reviewing the sensitivity of almost all PC and Xbox games that was of the first player area. Over the years she has worked with some popular games, such as Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, Ryse, Modern Warfare 3, and more.

After 13 years with Microsoft she left, starting Geography, a company which helped in content culturalization, strategy, and on combining global cultures and media technology.

Over the years, Kate has played multiple parts in the gaming world, from advising the Business for Diplomatic Action (a group that focused on improving the oversee image of the US), to speaking at gaming conferences, and is a columnist for a magazine known as MultiLingual Computing.