Train2Game News BAME in Games Network

Tanya_Laird_Kish_Hirani_Adam_CampbellThe United Kingdom games industry today launches an advocacy group to encourage more diverse talent to work in the games and wider entertainment industry.

The group will manage a professional network to encourage discussion and collaboration on diversity and make available speakers for conferences and events.

The network is free to join and open to everyone interested in the entertainment sector at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/BAME-in-Games-8459302/about .

Creative Skillset’s Employment Census 2015 for games and other Creative Media sectors published in March showed that the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups remains disappointingly low at 4.0% down from 4.7% in 2012. The UK average for BAME employment across all industries is 30% in London and 10% nationally.

David Smith, Founder of Women in Games and now BAME in Games, explained “We would like to provide some focus on the talent that the games industry is failing to attract. Games and the wider entertainment industry should attract the very best from all backgrounds. We want to nurture more talent from minority groups. We can also do more to promote the benefits of a diverse workforce.”
The first Chair of the group is Kish Hirani who has worked at the BBC, THQ, Microsoft and most recently, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. He is supported by two vice chairs, Tanya Laird of Digital Jam and Adam Campbell of Hopster.

Kish Hirani, Chair of BAME in Games commented “Diversity brings so many advantages. It makes creative sense. It makes business sense. And games creators can truly represent the diversity of those who play games. Help us build a network that makes the games industry a place that attracts talented people from all walks of life. We want everyone in games to join us in any capacity they feel comfortable, starting with simply joining our professional network on LinkedIn.”

Train2Game News New Women in Games CEO

Marie-Claire_Isaaman_WIGJ_CEOWomen in Games, the not for profit, games industry diversity organisation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie Claire Isaaman as its new Chief Executive.

A long standing member of the WIGJ executive team, Marie Claire is an Artist, as well as Researcher and Education Consultant of eight years at Norwich University of the Arts, serving as Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Games Art and Design course and Subject Leader on the MA Games course. As Course Leader Marie-Claire grew the course to 40% female, both in student cohort and teaching staff, and last September was the first educator to be inducted into the EA sponsored European Women in Games Hall of Fame.

David Smith, Founder of Women in Games said, “We welcome Marie-Claire to this busy role as the demands for more diversity in the games industry grow. We thank Jenny Richards-Stewart for all her hard work and congratulate her for her fantastic achievements over the last 18 months.”

Marie-Claire Isaaman commented, “I am delighted to be named as the new CEO of Women in Games, an inspirational and increasingly influential organization. I recognise the many achievements of my predecessors in the role and am fully committed to realising the organization’s vision of doubling the percentage of women working in the UK game industries by 2025. Ultimately, I want the UK to be a global exemplar for gender equality in making games.”

Train2Game News Women in game jobs new CEO

Jenny Richards StewartWomen 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 the 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.

You can find out more about WIGJ by visiting http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/