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What it’s like to work in the Games Industry? More on internships from BAFTA Guru.

What it’s like to work in the Games Industry? Find out with the Young Games Designer series from BAFTA. This month BAFTA chats to Christina who is an intern at Unity in Brighton, UK.

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Catharina Mallet, King’s London Head of Studio to speak at WIGJ London Meetup 14 May.

Catharina_Lavers_Mallet_King_Aug_2013_240Women in Games Jobs is pleased to announce the next London Meetup will be held at The Alice, 133 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7BX near Liverpool Street station on 14th May 2014 from 6.00 pm. These meetups are the opportunity for anyone interested in gaming to meet leading, female video game professionals and an opportunity for you to network with other women in the industry over a drink. Men are welcome too. The Free tickets will be popular. Book now at http://www.meetup.com/WIGJMeetup/events/173530642/

For this meetup we are delighted to have as our speaker Catharina Lavers Mallet from the recently floated King.com. Catharina is the UK Head of Studio at King, the world’s leading cross-platform, bite-sized games company. Catharina leads teams of over 200 developers, artists, designers and data-driven product people to make some of the world’s best-loved casual games, including top Facebook game Farm Heroes Saga.  Prior to joining King in early 2012, Catharina held a variety of roles at Electronic Arts/Playfish, including overseeing the development of The Sims Social and serving as the Product Manager for Pet Society.

We will be inviting a sponosor to but first drinks for everyone on the night. Please register your interest for this Meetup and join this group now at http://www.meetup.com/WIGJMeetup/events/173530642/

 

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WIGJ Executive team hold second meeting of 2014 on Friday 28th February

WIGJ panelWomen in Games Jobs (WIGJ) is managed by a CEO and Executive Committee.

Executive team members in alphabetical order are: Anna Chamberlain, Senior Solicitor, Osborne Clarke; Alison Cressey, Open Sauce Marketing (former European MD, Activision), CEO; Carri Cunliffe, MD Secret Sauce; Maxine Dodds, Founder, Scottish Women in Games; Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, Electronic Arts; Orna Holland, Senior Director of Global Talent at King; Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Director for BA Games Art & Design Course at Norwich University of the Arts; David Smith, MD Interactive Selection & Founder, WIGJ; and Siobhan Thomas, Course Director, BA (Hons) Game Cultures at London South Bank University & Chapter Coordinator, IGDA London.

The next meeting of the executive team is Friday 28th February. WIGJ welcomes suggestions on further initiatives. Please email Alison Cressey, CEO, alison.cressey {@} wigjobs.com or another member of the executive team

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“I want to see fiery young women join the industry and change it from the ground up.” says Siobhan Reddy

Looking to make your first steps into the games industry? Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet) explains what she’s looking for, what it takes to get your CV noticed, and why a showreel can be so crucial for your work.  Find out more about gaming on BAFTA Guru

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Over 1000 join Women in Games Jobs Facebook Group. A milestone! Join us today.

We are pleased to announce that our Facebook Group page for Women in Games Jobs now has has over 1000 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!

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Feedback confirms success of the European Women in Games Conference 2013.

Alison Cressey opens conferenceThanks 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.

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Rhianna Pratchett, Siobhan Reddy & Zuraida Buter inducted into European Women in Games Hall of Fame

RhiannaZuraidaRhianna 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

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European Women in Games Conference, London – September 25th – is sold out.

Sold OutAll 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

 

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Voting now open for European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2013

WIGJ European-Women-in-Games-ConferenceEA-LogoThe 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 :
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WomeninGamesHallofFame2013

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Games Industry HR Managers launch Forum to share best practice at Women in Games Conference

Sue Eilfield EA VP HRA 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.

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