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Call for nominations for Women in Games Awards 2016. Deadline 17 February.

Women in Games Awards 2016Who do you admire working in the UK Games Industry? Women in Games WIGJ is calling for nominations for a new set of awards to recognise and reward the contribution of women to the UK games industry.

The aim of the awards event is to shine the spotlight on the most inspirational and influential professionals in the games business – who just happen to be female. In partnership with MCV and the NewBay Media Group, 2016 will see MCV and WIGJ searching for the Top 30 Women in Games, whilst also introducing six special categories. More at http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/?p=2390

The call for nominations for this event is open now and runs until February 17th.  Please email mcvwomen@nbmedia.com with a brief description of who and why a colleague or peer should be considered. Please don’t nominate yourself. Feel free to contact David Smith or Jenny Richards if you don’t have someone to nominate you.

The MCV Women In Games Awards ceremony takes place at the Hamyard Hotel, London on Thursday May 19th. http://intent-events.com/events/event_details/91

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Women in Games WIGJ launch new format Women in Games Awards with MCV.

mcvwigjawardsWomen in Games WIGJ is pleased to announce a new set of awards to recognise and reward the contribution of women to the UK games industry. The aim of the awards event is to shine the spotlight on the most inspirational and influential professionals in the games business – who just happen to be female. In partnership with MCV and the Newbay Media Group, 2016 will see MCV and WIGJ searching for the Top 30 Women in Games, whilst also introducing six special categories:

Rising Star – This category recognises a leading up-and-coming talent from any sector of the business. The judges expect most nominees to be under 30, but consideration will also be given to women who are new (less than three years) to the industry.

Businesswoman of the Year – An executive who has had a stellar 12 months in terms of driving a company forward and generating significant revenues.

Creative Impact – Recognising talent in games development and design.

Unsung Hero – Honouring the vital support roles in the industry, including QA, community managers, studio managers, PR and HR.

Campaigner – A special award for someone working for or with a games-related charity, or working within a community to use games as a force for change, inclusion, education or improvement.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year – The award will reflect upon the life of someone who has had a lengthy and successful career at the top of the industry, making positive contributions to the commercial success and public profile of the games industry.

After a call for nominations that ends on February 17th, the MCV and WIGJ teams will then work with a specially selected panel of industry professionals to identify the Top 30 Women from the list of nominations, in addition to voting for the six special awards. The MCV Women In Games Awards ceremony takes place at the Hamyard Hotel, London on Thursday May 19th.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to last year’s event and have spent some time since then meeting and talking to many of the women who were highlighted last year,” said MCV editor Chris Dring. “From their feedback we’re introducing this exciting new format to really shine the spotlight on the plethora of talent across the industry.”

Jenny Richards-Stewart, CEO of Women in Games added: “Women in Games WIGJ is delighted to be in partnership with MCV for the Women of the Year Awards. It is really fantastic to see the contribution made to the games industry by women in all disciplines being rewarded in this way. “I am particularly pleased that Women in Games is sponsoring the Rising Star Award which will recognise an up-and-coming young woman working in our industry. This year’s event is, as always, a great opportunity for all women working in the games industry to socialise and network.”

The call for nominations for this event is open now and runs until February 17th. Please email mcvwomen@nbmedia.com with a brief description of who and why a colleague or peer should be considered.

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Women in Games WIGJ wins its first award at the TIGA Awards

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Women in Games WIGJ won its first award on Thursday 12 November at the TIGA Awards. We were highly commended for the inaugural Diversity Award.

Thanks to all our supporters for giving Women in Games a voice to be heard. We also thank TIGA for creating the Diversity award which will be promoting in future years.

Lastly we congratulate WIGJ Hall of Fame and now TIGA Award Winner, Debbie Bestwick of Team 17 for publishing Tiger & Squid: Beyond Eyes, a game developed by Sherida Halatoe where you guide a blind girl in search of a missing friend by using her remaining senses to visualize the world around her, for winning the Diversity Award itself. – see http://www.tiger-squid.com/home/4558559479

A full list of all the awards winners is here.

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Feedback confirms success of European Women in Games Conference 2015

Kath BidwellThanks to 149 delegates who gave feedback on the European Women in Games Conference 2015 which took place on September 2nd at the University of Westminster. There were lots of great comments and suggestions that will influence what will happen in 2016.

Attendance at the Women in Games Conference was up 13% on 2014 with over 230 delegates and 40 speakers. 1 in 6 delegates at the European Women in Games Conference 2015 were male compared to 1 in 8 last year. WIGJ’s aim is to double the number of women in games in 10 years, but the network is keen to attract as diverse a conference as possible. 80% of conference delegates were under 35. (2014 75%) 68% of delegates had up to 5 years working in games. (2014 58%). Over 60% of delegates were working in games development or publishing whilst 1 in 5 were students.
41% of delegates rated the conference with highest score of 10 out of 10. (2014 26%) The average score was 8.3 (2014 7.5).

All the speakers were highly rated but Katherine Bidwell of State of Play Games speaking about Lumino City was the most appreciated conference keynote. All 10 workshops at the conference were highly rated but the session on attracting more women into university was most praised. Another highly regarded workshop considered women in games on mainland Europe was led by Sabine Hahn and Mariebeth Aquino. Another remarkable workshop, led by Dr Jo Twist from Ukie and Melanie Washington from Stemnet inspired many more volunteer video game ambassadors.

The most popular panel which closed the conference was with Julia Hardy, Hannah Rutherford, Alysia Judge and Jess Hyland and was led by Claire Tavernier. A few did not like the panel going off the personal branding topic but most welcomed the lively advice on surviving and flourishing in a male dominated sector.

A number of delegates thanked the conference for the variety of options available to delegates.  A few thought there were too many options or wanted the conference to extend over 2 days. And the conference feedback praised our volunteers lead by Melissa Phillips for managing a complex agenda spread out over 3 floors of the University of Westminster.

84% of delegates registered positive interested in attending the conference next year and 40 of those giving feedback were interested in speaking in 2016 – although as the feedback was anonymous they will still need to advise the organisers. We don’t intend to start planning the next European Women in Games Conference until 2016 but if you are interested in keeping up with our planning, join us here http://ow.ly/Su9j2

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European Women In Games Conference on September 2nd is Sold Out.

Sold OutAll our tickets are gone. Over 270 speakers and delegates are expected.

This year’s conference brings together 39 speakers in a series of 2 key note speeches, 5 panels and 10 workshops. We are also putting on the games industry HR Forum, a Special European Women in Games Hall of Fame award and a new Expo. Thanks to the University of Westminster for hosting and BAFTA and Interactive Selection as key sponsors.

It is a jam packed day and it is sold out. Sorry if you meant to book but now cannot make it. Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this stage.

You will be able to follow all the day on Twitter @wigj with the hashtags #ewigconf

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Hannah Rutherford, Yogscast Founder and TV Presenter Julie Hardy feature at Women in Games Conference

Hannah Rutherfordjulia hardyThe closing panel at this year’s European Women in Games Conference includes Hannah Rutherford, one of the founding members of the Yogscast with 1,350,000 subscribers to her YouTube panel and TV, Online and Live host Julie Hardy. The panel looks at the profiles for success.

Building your personal brand has never been more important – or more complex – and that’s especially true if you are a woman in games. In our closing panel which also includes Jess Hyland and Alysia Judge, we have gathered fantastic women who have redefined success in the gaming world – and we will be asking them how they integrate project promotion, as well self-promotion, into their career and their passion. How hard is it, how pushy should you be, how do you deal with negative comments and backlash, what are the most helpful and unhelpful promotional channels – it will all be covered and you will have the opportunity to discuss further with our panel at the drinks directly following the session.

Panel Chair, Claire Tavernier, former Digital Consultant to Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group commented “Being a woman in tech is both hugely rewarding, and a constant uphill struggle. But the struggle is made that much easier when you can rely on colleagues and mentors to guide you through. That’s why a panel such as this one is essential, and we are hugely lucky to have such a fantastic line-up of experts.”

Jenny Richards, CEO of Women in Games WIGJ commented” This year’s conference brings together 39 speakers in a series of key note speeches, panels and workshops. We are also putting on the games industry HR Forum, a Special European Women in Games Hall of Fame award and a new Expo. Delegate will be attending from all over Europe. Men are very welcome just as women but we do expect this conference to sell out so don’t delay if you want  to get a ticket.”

This year’s European Women in Games Conference takes place on September 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London, UK. You can see full details of the programme and speakers athttp://www.ewigconf.com/ #ewigconf  Tickets are still on sale.

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Katherine Bidwell and Andy Payne to lead speakers at Women in Games Conference

Katherine BidwellAndy PayneFull programme includes new skill and vocational focussed workshops as part of the day 

Katherine Bidwell, Co-Founder of State of Play Games and Andy Payne Chairman of Ukie are the Keynote Speakers at this year European Women in Games Conference which take place on 2nd September at the University of Westminster.

Katherine Bidwell established the games company State of Play Games in 2008, and specialises in the development of hand-crafted games, often using pencils, papercraft and laser cutting to create game art. State of Play have developed beautiful award-winning creative games including BAFTA and Develop winning puzzle adventure game Lumino City, which involved the creation of a miniature city out of paper and cardboard, including working lights and electric motors. She will be speaking on the making of Lumino City and her career in the games industry.

Andy Payne, Chairman of Ukie will be speaking to the conference about his views on the industry as a whole, women in games and the need to promote diversity on a wider scale.

The conference for the first time this year, will offer  a series of workshops giving delegates a choice of specialist subjects where they get to meet some of the acknowledged leaders of the industry to learn more about and debate a specialist subject. The topics range from the technical such as programming or localisation and testing to the more vocational. These workshops will cover issues such as how to attract more girls on to university games courses, how to benefit from becoming a Video Games Ambassador speaking to schools and how to improve CV’s.

Jenny Richards, CEO of Women in Games WIGJ commented: “This year we wanted to give delegates the chance to do more than just listen to speakers. Meeting new people and developing a network is always an important part of the conference but there is the potential to do so much more. Nowadays there is more awareness of the gender imbalance in games and most people want to do more than just talk about the situation. The classrooms at the University of Westminster facilitate this and we expect learning to be part of the positive experience from attending this conference.”

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Women in Games Conference 2015. Early Bird pricing ends Wednesday 19th August

Book your place for the conference on September 2nd now if you want to save money.

Regular pricing comes into effect on Thursday 20th August – so book now if you want to save £45 on the cost of a ticket.  You can book your tickets at http://www.ewigconf.com/register/

Women in Games is committed to ensuring that the conference is as accessible as possible and therefore early bird ticket prices have been held at £50 up until Wednesday 19th to open it up to as many delegates as possible. Full price tickets are £95. We stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome.

This year’s European Women in Games Conference takes place on September 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London, UK. You can see full details of the programme and speakers at http://www.ewigconf.com/ #ewigconf  The 2015 conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops. The line-up of speakers and panelists reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. This year the focus will be on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to get an entry-level position and for career progression in the games development industry.

Full conference schedule http://www.ewigconf.com/schedule/   Latest list of speakers announced. See http://www.ewigconf.com/speakers/

 

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Free tickets for Students and 2015 Graduates at Women in Games Conference.

EWIG logoThis year’s European Women in Games Conference takes place on September 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London, UK. You can see full details of the programme and speakers at http://www.ewigconf.com/ #ewigconf

The format of this year’s conference means we are able to invite a limited number of students on games courses at university for free. Likewise there are free tickets for 2015 games course graduates who have not yet found work. These are full tickets with access to the keynotes, panels, workshops, a free lunch, the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards and post conference networking drinks. The only restrictions are the numbers of tickets per educational establishment as we try to be fair to everyone. To get access to up to 4 tickets for your university, please contact your games course leader or lecturer who has a unique discount code. This offer is not available to students from disciplines other than games.

Students and 2015 graduates on games courses may be especially interested in http://www.ewigconf.com/session/a-new-job-in-the-games-industry/
and http://www.ewigconf.com/session/careers-workshop-improving-your-cv/
and meeting Yogscast Hannah http://www.ewigconf.com/speakers/hannah-rutherford-yogscast-hannah/ who has 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube.

Course leaders and lecturers might be interested in this workshop on how to attract more girls to their games and tech courses at http://www.ewigconf.com/session/workshop-how-to-attract-more-girls-into-university-education/ If your games course leader or lecturer has not yet received the discount code for your university, please contact David Smith as Conference Organise.

If you are student or a graduate from a discipline other than games who is interested in attending, early bird tickets priced at only £50 are on sale up to 19 August at http://www.ewigconf.com/

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Book now for the European Women In Games Conference on September 2nd in London, UK

EWIG logoWomen in Games announces venue and ticket prices plus unveils new branding

The fifth annual European Women in Games Conference is to take place on Wednesday 2nd September at the University of Westminster. The conference continues to grow in both size and stature and this year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet. As in previous years the day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. The line-up of speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. This year the focus will be on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to get an entry-level position and for career progression in the games development industry.

Full conference schedule http://www.ewigconf.com/schedule/

Latest list of speakers announced. See http://www.ewigconf.com/speakers/

Women in Games is committed to ensuring that the conference is as accessible as possible and therefore early bird ticket prices have been set at £50 to open it up to as many delegates as possible. Full price tickets will be £95. In addition the organisers are keen to stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome. Tickets now at http://www.ewigconf.com/

Women in Games has also had a makeover with a new logo (designed by King and at the top of this press release) and dropping Jobs from its title.

Announcing the conference details, CEO Jenny Richards-Stewart said “This year’s conference programme is shaping up to be our best yet, in terms of content which will help delegates fast track their careers in the games industry. As always, we have tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so that it is within the reach of students, entry level delegates and those working for small start-ups and indies. I am looking forward to revealing more details of the conference programme in due course. We will also be announcing some exciting initiatives from Women in Games over the next few weeks.”

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