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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.”

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

See the Quo Vadis Games Conference 2014 with 750 game developers in Berlin

Quo Vadis is the leading game developer conference in Germany. See what it is like from our friends at Nokia.

Computer or Console -- German Game Developers under Pressure

Computer games on cell phones and the Internet are increasing in popularity. In 1998, Thomas Friedmann founded the Funatics company in Oberhausen to make games for consoles. Today he concentrates on online and cell phone games. Made in Germany takes a look at this highly competitive market.

Over 1700 join Germany Games Jobs LinkedIn group. Network for jobs advice in the German market.

Germany Games Jobs is the professional group for all working in the video games industry in Germany or all interested in moving to work in games in Germany. This is a forum to exchange ideas, help and advice on current topics and trends in jobs and careers within Germany. If you are a member of LinkedIn, you can now get together with over 1700 others who share the same interests. Please link through to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3279676 . Start a discussion, share news! Just join the group and start networking. Good luck.

Interactive Selection welcome new entertainment industry employers seeking key staff in 2014

Award winning Interactive SelectionAs the economic recovery continues, are you expanding your team in 2014? Hiring just one key role, quickly, can bring significant benefits.

Make use of an award winning global recruiter like Interactive Selection with 17 years of experience in the interactive entertainment sector across all territories to find that key member of your team speedily and with the minimum of fuss. Think of the role that will bring the most benefit to the company but is the most challenging to source. This is where we make our living. With no upfront fee, it is our job to respond successfully to your critical needs.

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Siobhan Reddy, Director, Media Molecule & Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England to keynote EWIG Conference.

WIGJ European-Women-in-Games-ConferenceThe 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.

Alison Cressey CEO of WIGJ commented : “ I am excited to confirm Siobhan and Caroline as keynote speakers. Siobhan is studio director at Media Molecule the producers of the successful Little Big Planet franchise. As an innovative and dynamic role model I am very much looking forward to her keynote. Caroline is a passionate advocate on diversity and its necessity for success and I am sure will be an inspiration to us all.”

The conference will feature over 30 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 are delighted to announce we will also be hosting the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards this year sponsored by Electronic Arts.

Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA and Women in Games International. 

The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games, technology and media professionals.

Early bird tickets are now available at £120 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.

More speakers and conference line up to be announced.

Interactive MD David Smith added to formidable list of speakers at Quo Vadis conference in Berlin

Quo Vadis Conference BerlinQuo Vadis has become Germany’s largest conference for topics related to the video game industry. First chosen in 2007, the Berlin venue embodies everything games are about: youth culture, creativity and a love of play. The event takes place in Berlin 23-25 April. Richard Garriott will hold a keynote at this years Quo Vadis talking about the future of gaming and his actual project “Shroud of the Avatar”. Alongside Lord British will now be David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection and Founder of  the Women in Games Jobs professional network who will be speaking at 10.00 am on Thursday on Women in Games. Is a diverse games industry workforce producing diverse games good for business?  He will be sharing some of the initiatives that are taking place and planned in the UK to recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry by positively and actively promoting female role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games. If you would like to meet with David in Berlin, please get in contact through david AT interactiveselection DOT com.

Germany's Women in Games invited to European Conference in London 26 September 2012

Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ) is pleased to invite women and men from Germany and all over Europe to this year’s European Women In Games conference which will take place on September 26th 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Kensington in London. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving of the games industry and the opportunities that this creates for all.

Ella Romanos, MD of Remode Studios will give a keynote on “HTML5: Fad or Future?” Martha Henson of Wellcome Collection will also speak on “Drugs, bugs and neuroscience: a formula for successful learning games?”

Gina Jackson CEO of WIGJ, commented: “I am delighted that we can announce our first two women speakers. Ella and Martha are innovators in their areas and I believe we can learn much from them both. The conference will be a celebration of the achievements of women working in the games industry and I hope will act as an inspiration for other women at all levels to come and join us. We invite anyone wanting to be inspired and learn about our changing industry to come and join us on September 26th

Tickets and the latest programme are available now at starting at only £25 from :    http://wigconference2012.eventbrite.co.uk/  The conference starts at 1.00 on 26th September and finishes at 5.00 with sponsored drinks to follow until 7.00 pm. Registration for the conference opens at 12.15 at Hilton Hotel Kensington.

Chris Schmitz Ubisoft Blue Byte Production Head talks to Game Careers at gamescom

Christopher Schmitz, Head of Production at Ubisoft Blue Byte talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at gamescom in Cologne. Chris joined the games industry almost 20 years ago. After many years in localization and programming, he turned towards producing in 2001. Christopher joined Blue Byte in 2007 as Executive Producer for the Anno brand. In 2010 he became Head of Production. His advice for those thinking of applying to Blue Byte: “If you want to apply please go to our website or email me directly, I can forward you to the right channel. My email is christopher dot schmitz at ubisoft dot com, find me on the internet. We are looking for great talent. If you want to join us in Dusseldorf we will do anything for you to move. We have appartments we can rent for you, we have a full relocation package. In the beginning you will get a lot of training within Ubisoft Blue Byte. We have great education and training because we have something which we call Ubi Evolve, even junior staff can really grow within our structure”. See the full clip here: