European Women in Games Conference 2014 to be held at London South Bank University
08 September 2014
A highlight of the
gaming industry calendar, this year's event brings together experts to debate
the future of the thriving games sector. Confirmed speakers 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.
The day's conference will comprise a range of current discussion
panels, including setting up your own games company, how to encourage more
school children to consider a career in games, and getting your first job in
Siobhan Thomas, Course
Director of the BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree, a game design and development degree
at LSBU, is hosting this year's event and is also leading a panel that will be
providing expert tips and advice on how to secure a job in the games industry and
how to stand out from the crowd.
Founded in 2004, the BA (Hons) Game Cultures
degree at LSBU was one of the first undergraduate courses in the country to
offer creative and critical skills in video game design, development and
analysis rooted in a cultural and media studies perspective. The course is
unique not only in that it is taught by professionals working in the games
industry but in that it teaches students skills that are ahead of, anticipate
and go beyond industry trends. The course is ideal for students who want to
pursue a design-related role within the games industry, or a game-related job
in connected industries such as journalism or PR.
The event is being organised by Women in
Games (WIG), a non-profit network for women in
the video and online gaming industry. The network is made up of both female and
male professionals and works to promote the inclusion and advancement of women
in the games sector.
"The European Women in
Games Conference has steadily grown over the past four years," said David
Smith, conference organiser from WIG. "The 2014 event will help all
industry professionals' progress their careers and we are making it accessible
to everyone. I'd like to thank 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."