Electronic Arts sponsor Hall of Fame awards at European Women in Games conference 2012. Final call for nominations

PRESS RELEASE:  Thursday 6th September 2012

European Women in Games Conference organisers Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) today unveiled Electronic Arts as the sponsor for the Hall of Fame awards taking place on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at the Kensington Hilton hotel in London. Last year’s winners were Frederique Doumic, CEO of OUAT Entertainment and Louise Murray, Head of Fable Franchise at Lionhead Studios. This is the final call for nominations; the Hall of Fame recognised women for their contributions to the games industry and the inspiration they have given to others.

Newly confirmed roundtable hosts includes women from Betfair, Bossa Studios, Codemasters , Indie City and Sony’s Wonderbook Team taking the total number of women speakers to 23. Although this is a women in games conference both men and women as well students and industry veterans are welcome.

The European Women in Games conference is an ideal conference for us to attend” says Mark Inman, Producer and co-Founder of developer Honeyslug, creators of Frobisher Says! on PlayStation Vita, “ as a small developer, our time is limited, but in one afternoon we can keep up to date with all the industry developments whilst getting to meet and speak to potential clients.”

There's a lot of noise about sexism in the game industry but very little heat. This event seeks to make a practical difference and I think it's at least as important for men to see that there are so many smart and capable women working in the industry as it is for women” says Mark Sorrell, Games Director at Somethin’ Else who will be attending the conference.

European women in games conference passes can be purchased at the just £40 at:  http://wigconference2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

Conference Programme

HTML5 Fad or Future ? Ella Romanos, MD for Remode Studios.

Drugs, bugs and neuroscience: a formula for successful learning games? Martha Henson, Multimedia Producer for the Wellcome Trust.

Panels include:

Diversity – what can I do?

Gina Jackson, Chief Executive at Women in Games Jobs

Anna Marsh, Game Design Director at Lady Shotgun

Ginger Maseda, Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader at Electronic Arts

Jo Twist, Chief Executive at UKIE

How to get into the games industry

Lizi Attwood, Senior Programmer at Blast Furnace, an Activision studio

Ali-Bergstrom-Allen, Head of Digital at The Picture Production Company

Geraldine Cross, Head of Human Resources at Blitz Games Studio.

Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Leader for BA(Hons) Games Art & Design at Norwich University College of the Arts

Anna Ljundberg, Programmer at Codemasters

With hosted roundtable discussions featuring:

Gambling with Facebook: Allison Archer, Studio Manager at beJig.

Mobile Distribution : Marcia Deakin, Licensing and Content Manager at Connect2Media.

Augmented Reality: Charu Desodt, Producer on WonderBook at Sony Computer Entertainment.

Digital distribution: Hanna Fordham, Community Manager for Indie City, Blitz Games.

Caring for our customers: Ann Hurley, European Sales Manager at e4e.

Analytics: Joanne Lacey, Marketing Director at GamesAnalytics

Marketing in design : Roberta Lucca, CoFunder & CMO at Bossa Games Studios

Motion control: Louise Ridgeway, Assistant Art Director, Rare (a Microsoft Studio)

PlayStation Home: Carla Rylance, Art Outsource Co-ordinator at nDreams

Indie development : Jennifer Schneidereit, Games Creator at Nyamyam

Playstation Home: Jackie Tetley, Senior Games Designer at nDreams

Gambling and gaming: Tamsin Todd, Head of Ecommerce at Betfair.

Notes to editors:

About the European women in games conference:

The second European women in games conference will take place on 26 th September 2012. The 2011 event attracted over 125 attendees from 9 different countries. This year’s conference will have an all-women speaker list,  we encourage everyone to come and join us whether you’re an industry veteran looking to understand some of the newest development in gaming or  are looking to join the industry at any level. Delegates can apply for conference passes at: http://wigconference2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

About Women in Games Jobs:

Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) is a “not for profit” company that works to promote and support women working within interactive entertainment to encouragement recruitment, retention and progression of women to the benefit of the whole industry. It also campaigns to make the games industry a more attractive field for women, both for new entrants and staff at any level and to retain women already working in the industry.

Founded in August 2009, WIGJ has over 3000 supporters. www.womeningamesjobs.com                                  

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Gina Jackson gina.jackson@wigjobs.com

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