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.
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.
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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.
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 athttp://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.
Quo 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.
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.
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:
Matthias Hellmund, Head of Mobile Development for Exozet Games in Berlin (Germany) talks to David Smith of Game Careers and Interactive Selection at GDC Europe. Matthias studied Media and Computer Science at Hochschule Furtwangen University (Germany) with stopovers in Tampere (Finland), San Francisco and Berlin. Today, he leads the mobile unit of Exozet games, creating award-winning games and lifestyle applications across a broad range of mobile platforms. His advice to those looking to apply for a job at Exozet:
“One thing we are interested in is which kind of practical projects you have done before. It always helps to not only describe your skillset, but also show some the projects you have done before. It can also be some mod projects, or just some drawings, or even if you are a programmer you can do something, just do some pen and paper drawings just with your address, and it always helps to tell us which areas you would like to work in. We are also very much looking into your motivation and personal situation.” See the full clip here:
Too busy, too far away, just thought it a waste of time or never even heard about it, you can now get a flavour of what you missed. Whatever reason you could not make it to the European Women in Games Conference, London on 22 September 2011, here is the highlights video of the conference brought to you courtesy of James Hakesly Photography. Sold out and packed into the downstairs conference suite of the NH Harrington Hall Hotel, London, some of the games industry’s most successful female achievers inspired other women seeking to enter the games industry and those wishing to progress their careers at the annual European Women in Games Conference and Networking event. If you are interested in joining the WIGJ professional network, we recommend you should join over 2500 other supporters in our LinkedIn group.
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Benedikt Grindel, Head of Live Operations at Ubisoft Blue Byte talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. After acquiring a masters degree in mathematics with business as a minor and starting his job career at a carpet manufacturer, Benedikt Grindel found out that you cannot just play computer and video games, you can even earn a living with them. In 1998 he joined the German subsidiary of French-based publisher Ubisoft Entertainment. After two years in marketing and one year in business development, Benedikt decided in 2001 to change from selling games to making them: He moved to the creative development force as producer of the most prestigious German interactive entertainment brand, “The Settlers” (more than six million units sold) at Ubisoft’s daughter company Blue Byte. Under his responsibility, nine titles have been produced and released worldwide. In 2010, his team has released the critically acclaimed “The Settlers 7 – Paths to a Kingdom”. Today, he is both responsible for the Live Operation of Ubisoft Blue Byte’s online games and for the development of an unannounced title. His advice for those thinking of getting into the games industry: “Tell us why you want to do games…to do games has to have some passion. Bring that across a lot in your application. What we see a lot is people saying they want to do games, but then they don’t show it in their writing. Send us a game that you have done, do a game. And then of course be very complete in your application, don’t make any grammatical mistakes, its standard stuff, not that difficult.” See the full clip here: