LeoVegas has announced the launch of an equal-opportunity initiative LeoRegulus, designed to address diversity in the gaming industry by increasing representation for women in tech.
The project, comprised of a dedicated traineeship programme and award scheme, will place individuals in the company’s Libero team over a 12 month period, with the opportunity to work across all of LeoVegas’ product sectors.
“When 50 percent of the population consists of women but only a fraction is considering the tech industry as a future workplace, we lose a lot of skills and important perspectives that are crucial for the construction of future technology,” said CEO Gustaf Hagman.
“The main goal is of course to inspire more women to pursue a career in tech, both through the difference the Tech Award can make, and the career possibilities that the Traineeship Program offers.”
Trainees on the LeoRegulus Global Traineeship Programme will be based in Stockholm, Sweden, but will have the opportunity to travel to other LeoVegas offices around Europe, with the firm stating it is “likely” full-time employment will be offered at the end of the term.
The LeoRegulus Tech Award will build on this by granting $11,200 to “an initiative, organisation, or person promoting an increased interest in and awareness of tech/AI among women.”
Hagman said the project had arisen due to LeoVegas realising the industry is “missing out on a lot of potential, crucial perspectives and talent. It is something that needs a change when the technology sector in Sweden is booming at the same time as the workforce only consist of 25 percent women.”
As well as increasing the percentage of women on the LeoVegas workforce, the LeoRegulus project is also intended to increase industry-wide awareness, with Hagman reminding fellow operators and technology firms to value “competence over all other factors.”
“We’re aware that this is only one initiative, and many more are needed to make a real difference, therefore we hope that this initiative will motivate more actors in the industry to contribute and do more.”
“More actors need to acknowledge the problem and do more to help fix this imbalance.”