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Former Gremlin Group’s Jenny Richards-Stewart to join Women in Games Jobs as new CEO.

Jenny Richards CEO WIGJWomen in Games Jobs (WIGJ) is delighted to announce that Jenny Richards-Stewart is to join the not for profit organisation as CEO. Jenny has had a long and impressive career in the games and education sectors. She was joint CEO of Gremlin Group PLC and presided over its sale to Infogrames/Atari in 1999. She was the Chair of the Board of Governors at GamesAid sponsored, Paddington Academy for six years and she has worked for a number of diverse companies including digital mobile marketing agencies as a non-Executive director. Throughout her working life she has been a passionate advocate for encouraging women to maximise their potential.

David Smith, Founder of WIGJ commented, “The WIGJ network continues to grow. It now has nearly 5000 supporters globally and this year’s annual conference was again a sell-out. The level of awareness of the gender imbalance in the games sector has increased significantly since WIGJ was founded but there is much more to do to encourage the recruitment and retention of a more diverse games industry workforce. We think Jenny will help bring WIGJ to the next level of becoming a professional membership organisation capable of working with government, trade bodies, employers, those already working in games and job seekers to campaign for a more inclusive games sector for the benefit of the games industry as a whole.”

Jenny Richards- Stewart responded “I have attended several WIGJ events and fully support their aims and aspirations. I feel that there is need for an organisation within the games industry which promotes equality and encourages new talent to join this exciting industry. I think WIGJ has done some great work in this arena and has the potential to become even more influential. I want to take WIGJ forward to the next stage by developing closer ties with key organisations and raising its profile in the games industry.”

There will be the opportunity to meet Jenny at the next WIGJ London Meetup on Wednesday 12th November.

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Jenny Richards-Stewart to speak at next London Meetup, 12 November at MeWe360

MeWe 360 OfficesmewelogoWomen in Games Jobs is pleased to announce the next London Meetup will be held at MeWe360 offices, Golden Square, London W1 on 12th November 2014 from 6.00 – 9.00 pm.

MeWe360′s mission is to provide support to creative business potential that might otherwise go untapped. http://www.mewe360.com/ 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.

We are delighted to welcome Jenny Richards-Stewart as speaker. Jenny is former CEO of game developer and publisher, Gremlin Group which was listed on the stock market in 1997 with 300 staff and a market capitalisation of £25m. Gremlin was first known for games such as Wanted: Monty Mole for the ZX Spectrum and Thing on a Spring for the Commodore 64. It then scored big with the Zool and Premier Manager series in the early 1990s, and then with Actua Soccer, the first football game in full 3D, adding Golf, Tennis and Ice Hockey to their Actua Sports series. In 1996, Gremlin acquired DMA Design (creators of Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings). After 1999, they themselves were bought by Infogrames/ Atari.

Since 2000, Jenny has worked with The Prince’s Trust and Young Enterprise. She was Chair of the Governors of Paddington Academy school, the specialist school for performing arts, media, business and enterprise co-funded by the United Learning Trust and GamesAid.  She is currently CEO of SportingNation.com a site that helps grass roots sports players in schools, universities and in the community manage their active lives.

This meetup is free and open to all but anyone wishing to attend needs to register and confirm attendenace at our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/WIGJMeetup/events/213103322/

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Over 4700 join our own Women In Games Jobs LinkedIn networking group. Have you?

Women in Games JobsJoin THE professional network for women in online and video gaming! If you are a women in the games industry and member of LinkedIn, you can now get together with over 4700 others who share the same interests. This is now the largest grouping of women in games in Europe.  Don’t miss out on the inside track!

Please link through to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2739553 . Start a discussion, share news! Just join the group and start networking. Good luck.

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Feedback confirms high ratings of European Women in Games Conference 2014.

Elaine ReynoldsThanksTrang Ho to nearly half of delegates who completed the feedback form on-line. We will take all your comments on board for future conferences and events. With a similar feedback format to last year we can also make some year on year comparisons.

Over 1 in 8 delegates were male (2013, 1 in 5). 42% of delegates were aged 26-35 ( 2013, 59%). Nearly 75% were under 35 (2013, 85%). 58% had 5 years’ experience in the games industry or less (2013, 57%). Only 60% considered themselves to be working already for a developer or publisher compared to 80% last year.
26% of delegates rated the conference with the highest score of 10 out of 10. ( 2013, 38% ) The average rating was 7.5 out of 10. (2013, 8.4).

Elaine Reynolds of Ireland’s Simteractive and Trang Ho of Microsoft were the most highly rated speakers. With the 2 careers panels after lunch being scored most highly. Criticisms included the disorganisation after 11.30 caused by the late cancellation of a key note speaker and a panel chair who was delayed but these were more than offset by 2 excellent career panels after lunch. For 71% of delegates, it was their first time at the European Women in Games Conference. 80% reported that they were interested in attending the conference in 2015. (2013, 88%)

Here are some of the final comments.

“It was a great experience overall. The people were great, the panels were great.”

“I learnt a fair bit about it and like to work in it more now.”

“It was an amazing experience that showed diversity and equality within gaming.”

“Overall it was great and the energy was very positive.”

“I am glad that this event exists and hope it will keep getting better.”

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Catharina Lavers Mallet and Marie-Claire Isaaman Inducted into Women in Games Hall of Fame

WIGJ-2691 (640x520)Catharina Lavers Mallet, who is Head of Studio at King in London and Marie-Claire Isaaman, who is Course Director for the BA Games Art and Design course at Norwich University of the Arts were inducted into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame at yesterday’s European Women in Games Conference. The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 and is sponsored by EA. The awards were presented by Catalina Lou, Head of Publishing of EA’s Free2Play Games.

Speaking after receiving her award Catharina said, “I’m very proud and grateful to be a part of this group which supports women working in the games industry. Thank you so much for this award and to Women in Games Jobs for organising such a useful and helpful event for women in our industry.”  Marie- Claire added,” I‘m delighted to receive this award. It’s wonderful to get recognition for the work we do at Norwich University of the Arts in nurturing and supporting talent into the games industry and I see this not only as an award for myself but for both my course team and my students.”

Yesterday’s event which was held at London South Bank University and hosted by the university’s BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree course was a complete sell out with over 245 tickets sold. Attendees enjoyed a mix of speeches, panels, the award ceremony and the world premier screening of Boy’s Toys? a documentary film by Elke Teichmann and Eef Den Boer. David Smith, Founder of WIGJ commented “Yesterday’s conference was our best attended yet. It is very gratifying to see the conference grow year on year. The generosity of London South Bank University in supplying a first class venue meant we could peg the ticket price to an accessible level for all delegates. I would also like to thank NaturalMotion, EA, Green Man Gaming, Creative England, BAFTA, IDGA and TIGA for their support.”

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European Women in Games Conference, London – September 10th – is sold out.

Sold OutAll our tickets are gone. Over 240 speakers and delegates are expected.

Andrew Webber and Emma Mulqueeny have prepared their keynote speeches. 4 panels with 24 panellists are all set to go  - 3 in the main conference with 1 as an option in the break out sessions. 20+ HR Professionals are all geared up for the HR Managers Forum featuring the Talent Keeper, Jessica Chivers. Over 300 have voted so far for the 4 nominees for the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. The world premier of  Boys’ Toys? Documentary Film by Elke Teichmann & Eef Den Boer of Oxford Brookes University is in the can and ready for transmission.

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 & #ewigawards.

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Luca, Mallet, Isaaman and Bestwick shortlisted for EWIG Hall of Fame Awards. Voting now open.

WIGJ European-Women-in-Games-ConferenceEA-LogoThe European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2014 #ewigawards sponsored by Electronic Arts will take place on 10th September at the European Women in Games Conference. #ewigconf

Only members of the WIGJ LinkedIn or Facebook groups or Twitter followers are entitled to vote. But you can join the WIGJ LinkedIn or Facebook groups or follow @wigj on Twitter immediately following the vote.

Members of the WIGJ LinkedIn or Facebook groups or Twitter followers can vote now at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ewigawards

The nominations shortlisted for 2 Hall of Fame awards are Roberta Lucca, Catharina Lavers Mallet, Marie-Claire Isaaman and Debbie Bestwick:

Roberta Lucca says on her Twitter bio that she is ‘keen to see more women in top jobs’. As Co-founder of Bossa Studios, she’s an inspiration and role model. Over the course of less than four years, she has grown Bossa from four to 30 employees, and the studio has launched five games, including the incredibly successful Surgeon Simulator.

Catharina Lavers Mallet is Head of Studio at King, the company famous for its creation of Candy Crush. She got the job in 2012 after proving her expertise as Producer and Executive Producer at both Playfish and EA. Mallet has said that King doesn’t do crunch, which is particularly beneficial to women who – like Mallet – are mums.

Marie-Claire Isaaman works to support women in games at the important education stage, in her role as Course Director for the BA Games Art & Design course at Norwich University of the Arts. When she took up the post seven years ago, there were only two female students on the course. Now, around 40% of the students are women. The course boasts several notable alumni, including three BAFTA winners and the V&A’s first ‘Games Designer in Residence’, Sophia George.

Debbie Bestwick is Managing Director at Team17, the indie studio that she co-founded in 1990. Key titles include the Worms™ series. She uses her 20+ years of experience in the games industry to support independent game development, which includes writing about indie development for Develop. She and her female coworkers call themselves ‘the teamster girls’.

Vote now at : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ewigawards

Tickets for the conference are still available at http://ewigconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

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Call for Nominations for the EA sponsored European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2014.

EA-LogoRhiannaThe European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards 2014 will be held at the forthcoming European Women in Games conference on 10th September at London South Bank University, Elephant & Castle, London  http://ewigconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

We are pleased to announce that EA will kindly sponsor these awards for 4th year running.

The European Women Hall of Fame awards was established to honour the women who have made an outstanding contribution to the European games industry. Existing Hall of Fame winners are Rhianna Pratchett, Siobhan Reddy, Zuraida Buter, Ann Hurley, Monika Siejka, Frederique Doumic and Louise Murray.

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.

Please send your nominations for European Women Hall of Fame Award to Conference Organiser, David Smith at david.smith AT wigjobs DOT com by Saturday 23 August. 

Award winners will be selected following a vote from Women in Games Jobs members in the 2 weeks prior to the conference.

We look forward to receiving your nominations !

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Third HR Manager Forum to take place 10th September at Elephant & Castle, London

WIGJ HR ForumThe 3rd event for European games industry HR professionals organised by WIGJ is taking place alongside the European Women in Games Conference on 10th September. This meeting is to be chaired jointly by Anna Chamberlain of Osborne Clarke and Julia Clement of King.com and will focus on HR Networking and Learning & Development. Tickets are on sale at http://ewigconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

The HR Managers Forum is designed for Human Resources professionals to network and share best practice. The last event was in Guildford on 29th May. A report on the event by Cathy Campos is at http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/?p=2056

More feedback from the last Guildford meeting:

  • It was nice to break out into groups and share insights and ideas -  Olivia Goodman, Mind Candy
  • Very informative and a great way to network -  Yvonne Dawes, Frontier Developments
  • A great networking opportunity – Becky Glover, EA
  • Great organisation, would like to attend more events like this -  Valentina Marchetti, FGOL
  • Well organised and engaging – Ben Harrison, SEGA Europe

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your fellow HR professionals and, at the same time, get to attend much of the European Women in Games Conference. Reserve your tickets today at http://ewigconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

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Tickets now on sale for European Women in Games Conference, 10th September, London

2014 ConferenceThe fourth annual European Women in Games Conference is to take place on Wednesday 10th September at London South Bank University.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Your future in games.”  The programme will feature a  range of current topics including setting up your own games company, games industry career advice to how to encourage more school children to consider a career in the games industry.

As last year, the day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards and a Forum for HR Managers. The line-up of speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. Key note speakers  will include Emma Mulqueeny, the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State and a Commissioner for the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and Andrew Webber, Marketing Director – Audience Acquisition at Microsoft.  24 speakers have so far confirmed at Latest Agenda.  More speakers and panellists will be announced over the coming weeks.

The conference has steadily grown in popularity since its inaugural event in 2011. This year’s event is expected to have the greatest attendance yet helped by the early bird ticket price of £20 per person.

This makes the conference much more accessible to students and entry level games industry professionals. In addition the organisers are keen to stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome.

Announcing the details of the conference organiser David Smith said, “The European Women in Games Conference has steadily grown over the past four years. The 2014 event will help all industry professionals’ progress their careers and we are making it accessible to everyone. I’d like to thank Siobhan Thomas, Course Director, BA (Hons) Game Cultures and London South Bank University for hosting the conference and making it possible for us to offer attractive ticket prices for a first rate and pertinent programme both for existing industry professionals as well as those hoping to join our industry.”

For further details about the conference and to buy tickets please visit  http://ewigconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

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