At the Game Developers Conference that ends here on Friday, a hot-button topic was the treatment of women in the industry, with female game makers facing frequent vitriol by anonymous attackers. The touchpaper was lit when independent game developer Zoe Quinn's romance with a video game journalist became the subject of an angry online rant by her ex-boyfriend. What appeared to begin as a campaign for better ethics in video game journalism, however, evolved into a fierce debate regarding sexism and racism in video games and the male-dominated industry that makes them. An International Game Developers Association (IGDA) study last year indicated that 22 percent of those working in the industry are women while about 49 percent of players are female.
IPhone and iPad maker Apple is already the world's largest listed company. The California tech giant will be added to the elite blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 19, replacing venerable telecom company AT&T, the index announced Friday. With a market capitalization of $730 billion, more than $300 billion above number-two company Google and four times that of AT&T, Apple was a natural fit for the 30-member Dow, S&P Dow Jones Indices said. They said Apple would ensure adequate representation for the information-technology sector on the Dow, which for decades served as a guideline for conservative, value-focused investors and an indicator of the health of US industry.