We’re happily announcing that our newly created Facebook Group page for Women in Games Jobs has over 900 Facebookers!
The aim of the Group is to broaden out the message of WIGJ, bringing in new interest for the site as well as raising awareness of the opportunities for women out there.
We hope that the Group will enable those previously unawares of our message and aims to be welcomed into the fray and to get to know us, making connections and networking with established professionals as well as others with similar interests. We’d also like to encourage conversations and discussions on the topics and issues posted and linked to the Group.
So please join us, support the group to continue raising the interest for Women in Games Jobs! Spread the news; we look forward to seeing you on there!
Thanks to nearly half of delegates who completed feedback forms on the day or on-line with the links sent to delegates on Thursday 26th. We will take all your comments on board for future conferences and events.
Over 1 in 5 delegates were male. Over half of delegates were aged 26-35. Nearly 85% were under 35. 57% had 5 years experience in the games industry or less.
38% of delegates rated the conference with the highest score of 10 out of 10. The average rating was an impressive 8.4 out of 10.
Here are a selection of short individual comments. Ask yourself how many other games industry events attract this kind of response.
“Very inspiring speakers, loved that students were welcome, thought it was great to see more male attendees.”
“Great event! Looking forward to next years conference.”
“I thought it was a really fantastic day.”
“It was very interesting and heartwarming, thank you very much.”
“I thought the conference was awesome. But I also I felt we were all preaching to the choir.”
“it was really inspirational and really helped give me confidence.”
“The student show case was a lovely idea, nice to see the work that some University’s are producing and giving the students the chance to have their work seen by industry members.”
“I am grateful for the associate scheme. If it had not existed I would not have been able to come due to the price. Thank you for organising this event”
“I have attended every year and find the knowledge and contacts I gain are invaluable.”
“A wonderful event. Thanks to organisors. Very inspiring”
The European Women in Games Conference is like no other event in the games industry’s calendar. There is still time for those that attended to complete the on-line feedback form so that we take everyone’s views into account. Contact the organisers if you need a reminder.
Rhianna Pratchett, scriptwriter and narrative designer and Siobhan Reddy, co founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, were the fifth and sixth inductees into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame joining 2012 winners, Ann Hurley: European Sales Manager at e4e and Monika Siejka: Director – International Institute of the Internet and Multimedia, Paris and the 2011 winners: Frederique Doumic, CEO at OUAT Entertainment and Louise Murray, Head of Fable Franchise at Lionhead Studios. The awards were presented by Fiona Sperry, Studio Director of sponsors EA Criterion who introduced all 7 nominees and opened the 2 cards to reveal the winners. The voting was close but with nearly 600 votes, it was clear that these awards were well supported by their peers who had voted.
They were followed by seventh inductee Zuraida Buter, Executive Director of the Global Game Jam who won the new EA Award for Achievement and Innovation. Rhianna and Zuraida gave thanks to the warm applause from the 200 conference participants at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel last Wednesday.
Luci Black from Media Molecule picked up the award on behalf of Siobhan who has spoken at the conference earlier but had to dash back to the studio to put the finishing touches to Tearaway.
The full history of the European Women in Games Hall of Fame can be found at http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/?page_id=1640
All our tickets are gone. Over 200 speakers and delegates are expected.
Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury have prepared their keynote speeches. 4 panels with 22 panellists are all set to go in the break out sessions. 40+ HR Professionals are all geared up for the new HR Managers Forum. Over 500 have voted for the 7 nominees for the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. 15 Hosted Round table Discussions have been prepared. 20 of Europe’s finest 3rd year or recently graduated students, as selected by their course leaders, will be showcasing their talent.
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 some of the day on Twitter @wigj or following the hashtag #wigj
The European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2013 sponsored by Electronic Arts will take place on 25th September at the European Women in Games Conference. Tickets for the conference are still available at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com
For the first time this year, Electronic Arts are also pleased to announce the EA Award for Achievement and Innovation.
Vote now at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WomeninGamesHallofFame2013
and the nominations for 2 Hall of Fame awards are :
Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Director BA Games Art & Design Norwich University of the Arts.
An education industry champion, passionately supporting the need for gender diversity. Only 2 girls were on the degree course 6 years ago when Marie-Claire took up her post. Now thanks to her inspiration and support nearly 40% of the course are female. Two of her graduates have gone on to win a BAFTA.
Dr Jo Twist, CEO UKIE
A strong advocate for encouraging women into the workplace supporting the industry’s first games ambassador programme as well as the next generation industry advisory board. Jo as the first female CEO of the UK’s trade association for interactive entertainment sets an inspirational example.
Siobhan Reddy, co founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule
Siobhan Reddy is co founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, the computer games developers responsible for the multi award-winning Little Big Planet. She is a frequent contributor to the media and is a member of BAFTA’s games committee.
Rhianna Pratchett, scriptwriter and narrative designer
Rhianna is a scriptwriter and narrative designer. She is best known for her work on Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge, and more recently Tomb Raider. Her characterisation of in game females as fun rather than clichéd has help set the new benchmark for the industry.
EA Award for Achievement and Innovation
Zuraida Buter, Executive Director of the Global Game Jam
Zuraida is Executive Director of the Global Game Jam which last year ran in over 60 countries. Zuraida also initiated the first Dutch indie game showcase festival INDIGO, set up Women in Games NL and co-founded & curates the Playful Arts Festival in the Netherlands.
Dr Maria Stukoff, Head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Academic Game Development Program
Maria is Head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Academic Game Development Program; PlayStation First . She represents PlayStation on the Creative Skillset VideoGame Council and the UKIE Next Gen industry advisory board, instrumental in shaping new talent pipelines and skill investment funds for the industry. An active member of the BAFTA Women Advisory Board, and was listed by Develop magazine as one of the Top 100 UK Women in video games.
Ella Romanos, CEO, Remode
As well as her CEO for Remode role, Ella founded the successful ExPlay Festival and in 2011, was awarded finalist in the ‘Innovator Of The Year’ category for Women In Technology Awards. Ella also works with universities to encourage young people, especially women, to consider a career in the games industry.
Vote now at :
A new event for games industry HR professionals is launched in Europe today. Hosted at the European Women in Games Conference, the HR Managers Forum is designed for Human Resources professional to network and share best practice.
The event is to be chaired jointly by Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, EA and Tracy Newton-Blows, HR Director, NaturalMotion. The first meeting of the Forum will be at 11.00 on Wednesday 25th September during the European Women in Games Conference which takes place at Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, SW7 4LH. It will be followed by a networking lunch sponsored by PlayStation First. “I would love to see many more games industry HR leaders and HR managers join us for this year’s Women in Games event and join the HR Managers Forum. I’m excited to take part again this year – it’s a great chance for anyone in games HR to join the conference, learn more about the industry, network with other like-minded HR professionals and share our experiences and practices,” commented Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, EA
The first agenda will see presentations from Tanya Mukherjee, Diversity Manager at ITV, Kelsey Wesley from EA’s USA based Diversity & Inclusion team and Anna Chamberlain from lawyers Osborne Clarke. There will also be the chance to meet DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine, the leading magazine for in house recruitment professionals.
Tracy Newton-Blows, HR Director, NaturalMotion commented: “It is essential that in today’s dynamic gaming environment that a reciprocal network of HR professionals is developed. The Women in Games HR Forum is the ideal opportunity for HR professionals working in the industry to meet and share best HR practice.”
The Forum is open to HR Professionals working in the games industry or technology or media sectors and those performing HR roles as part of their management duties.
“I am delighted to be able to welcome the HR Manager’s Forum to the forthcoming European Women in Games Conference. HR managers play an essential role in forward thinking practices and are vital to the future success of our industry. This new forum is a great opportunity to network with and learn from the industry’s best,” added Alison Cressey CEO of WIGJ.
Tickets to the HR Managers Forum are available via the European Women in Games Conference at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com
European Women in Games Conference 2013 takes place 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London UK
The Conference is supported by Electronic Arts, NaturalMotion, PlayStation First, BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA and Women in Games International.
Not yet bought your tickets for this year’s European Women in Games Conference on September 25th – watch these highlights from the 2012 conference.
The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games industry, technology and media professionals.
The European Women in Games Conference 2013,will take place on 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London, UK. The theme of this year’s conference will be Creating Your Future. Get top insight and be inspired by leading industry figures Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury MBE and meet other leading and dynamic women within the industry.
The conference will feature as many as 40 industry speakers as well as the return of the popular hosted roundtables. New for this year will be a Student showcase and HR manager’s forum. We will also be hosting the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards this year sponsored by Electronic Arts. The post conference reception is sponsored by NaturalMotion Games. The Networking Sponsor is PlayStation First from Sony. Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA and Women in Games International.
Early bird tickets are now available until 11 September. Our first, full day conference includes drinks on arrival and at breaks in the morning and afternoon and Chef’s 3 Choice Menu lunch with sumptuous salads, main courses and selection of desserts. Buy today at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com
The conference starts at 9.30am until 5.00pm with sponsored drinks until 7.00pm. Registration starts at 8.45am.
Can you help us with our conference? We are looking for volunteers or conference associates to help the conference run smoothly on the day. In return for your help, we would like to offer a substantially discounted ticket priced at only £20.
The conference will be over a full day on September 25th at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London, UK – see http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/
We are expecting 200 delegates to hear over 30 speakers from all over Europe. Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule, one of the BBC’s 100 most powerful women in the UK and Caroline Norbury, MBE from Creative England have kindly agreed to key note. Conference partners include Electronic Arts, NaturalMotion, PlayStation First, BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA and Women in Games International. You can see the full programme at http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/?page_id=841
If you can help us, please go to http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com and select the Volunteer/ Associate ticket.
The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games, technology and media professionals.
Let us know if you have any questions.
The European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2013 will be held at the forthcoming European Women in Games conference on 25th September at the Millennium Hotel, London http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.co.uk
The European Women Hall of Fame awards was established to honour the women who have made an outstanding contribution to the European games industry.
Previous nominees have met one or more of the following criteria :
- significant accomplishments in the European games industry.
- demonstrable business impact in one or more organisations.
- respected industry status.
- displayed influence in the games industry contributing to the advancement of women in games.
NEW for this year EA is also excited to introduce the debut of their annual Achievement in Innovation Award! Nominees need to have demonstrated the valuable skill of thinking-outside-the-box that has led them to create innovative projects, technologies and processes that have made our industry become more progressive.
Please send your nominations for
1.European Women Hall of Fame Award
2.European Women Electronic Arts Award for Achievement and Innovation
to Alison Cressey, CEO WIGJ at alison.cressey AT wigjobs DOT com
Please ensure you mark clearly which nominee is for which award.
From our 1000+ supporters from the USA, we would also welcome an international perspective. Please get involved and let us know your views!
Award winners will be selected following a vote from Women in Games Jobs members.
Alison looks forward to receiving your nominees !
Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) went live to the world on 15 August 2009 with the launch of this website. Last month – July – saw a record number of 31449 visitors. Our LinkedIn group launched in Feb 2010 and now has 4200 supporters and our Facebook group launched in 2011 has nearly reached 800 members. Happy Birthday Women in Games Jobs!