As Video Games Editor of The Guardian, Edinburgh-born writer and gaming expert Keza MacDonald is one of the most influential women in the industry.
She was previously Editor of the UK version of Kotaku, owned by Gawker Media, which wrote a combination of news, gaming features, opinion pieces and articles on the gaming industry for 16 million readers worldwide. She has also been UK Games Editor at IGN, the world’s biggest games website.
As a journalist, MacDonald has been critical of the male-bias in the gaming world, writing strong articles about how gaming criticism — and the gaming world in general — must improve its gender representation. She has regularly appeared as a gaming expert on UK TV and radio including the BBC, Channel 4 News and BBC 5 Live. Macdonald also featured in the Charlie Brooker-fronted Channel 4 show How Video Games Changed The World.
MacDonald’s efforts to shake up the British gaming industry have received a number of awards including The Games Media Awards’ Editorial Team of the Year Award, Games Writer of the Year and Best Specialist Online Writer. MacDonald has also been recognised in MCV’s Top 100 Women in Gaming.
She recently launched a new podcast, Spawnpoint, focused on gamer parents. It includes interviews with players, developers and creators “on how parenting and gaming co-exist”, plus discussion and opinion on games “from a time-pressed perspective.”Tags: Games, journalism, Social Impact, video games