Train2Game News Career Fair returns to EGX

Ukie, the trade body for the UK games and wider interactive entertainment industry, and GamesIndustry.biz, the world’s leading video games trade website, have today announced a renewed partnership to inspire and educate the next generation of games industry talent about how to build a successful career in the sector.The GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair, running throughout EGX on 22-25 September, is the unique careers and education area at EGX. Featuring a range of careers and education exhibitors, accessible advice from developers and educators, and unique networking opportunities, the Career Fair gives everyone a chance to get closer to the games industry.

Ukie will once again bring its popular Ukie Careers Bar to EGX, featuring talks by Video Games Ambassadors from some of the biggest names in the UK games business. The talks will deliver expert advice from all disciplines in the games industry, from programming and design to publishing careers in PR, marketing and community management.

Over 30 of Ukie’s Video Games Ambassadors will also be at the Careers Bar throughout the fair to meet future games industry stars to talk about their games industry experiences and career histories. The industry volunteers will also give one-to-one advice on study choices or career paths, and give personalised job application and portfolio advice. Visitors to the stand are encouraged to bring CVs and work portfolios to the Careers Bar to make the most out of this one-to-one opportunity.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “The Ukie Careers Bar is an unique opportunity for the next generation of games talent to meet and pick the brains of games industry experts about building a fulfilling career in the sector. The Video Games Ambassadors can provide one-to-one advice which is invaluable to those just starting out in their career or those considering a career change. We’ve seen huge success from the Careers Bar in the past few years and so we’re delighted to be bringing it back to EGX, sharing the expertise of our network, and inspiring the games stars of the future.”

David Lilley, Event Director of EGX, said “EGX has really benefited from the contribution Ukie has made by running the popular Careers Bar at our GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair. At EGX, it’s not just about playing games, but also exploring games culture and inspiring the next generation of games makers. The feedback we get from schools, colleges and universities alike, who all bring coach loads of students in their thousands to EGX, is that the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair featuring the Ukie Careers Bar is a vital part of their enjoyment of the show. We look forward to welcoming Ukie and another great lineup of games industry experts to EGX this year.”

Announcement of the speakers and VGAs on the Careers Bar will follow.

For more information about the Ukie Careers Bar, the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair and the EGX event, please visit: www.egx.net/egx

Train2Game News GamesIndustry.biz Summit at EGX

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GamesIndustry.biz, the world’s leading video games trade website, and Creative England, who support and invest in the creative industries, today announced a partnership to bring the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit to this September’s EGX – the largest video gaming event in UK history.
  
Running at The Vox Conference Centre Resorts – next to EGX at the NEC – on Thursday 24th September, the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit will provide the perfect platform for small-to-medium-sized games companies to learn about public and private games investment opportunities.
  
“The Gamesindustry.biz Investment Summit has always been a fantastic venue for developers to get the inside track on investment opportunities available specially for them”, said Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games at Creative England. “Creative England has funded a number of companies in attendance during previous summits, so it’s great that we’re able to play a larger role in bringing the Investment Summit to Birmingham this year”.
  
As the UK’s premier games investment event, the summit attracts industry leaders and investors from all corners of the games industry. High profile speaker sessions will feature topics such as crowdfunding, market opportunities and pitching advice, while the Games Investment Panel will bring together an eclectic mix of venture capitalists, angel investors, publishers, platform holders and public investors to present a fantastic opportunity for developers to ask questions about every type of games investment.
  
Attendees will not only have the ability to pitch their ideas informally to investors during the event, but also to apply for formal one-to-one meetings during the afternoon of the Investment Summit. Last year, the Investment Summit enjoyed more than 50 highly successful formal pitch meetings, and in previous years these meetings have resulted in direct funding for games developers, such as a £25,000 investment from Creative England for Mad Fellows Games in 2014.
  
Investors and speakers already confirmed include Creative England, Nintendo of Europe, All 4 Games (Channel 4) and Chris Lee (Media Molecule co-founder & investor) – with more to be confirmed soon.
   
A special Early Bird price of £69 (plus Eventbrite fee) – a huge £30 off the full price of £99 (plus Eventbrite fee) – is available until Friday, 31st July. Every ticket purchase for the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit includes:

●    Four morning speaker sessions from major games industry spokespeople
●    The Games Investment Panel featuring Chris Lee (Media Molecule co-founder and investor), Jas Sohal (Head of Games at Creative England) and more
●    Introductory coffee/tea and a full networking lunch
●    Full access to EGX, featuring all the latest & greatest games & developer sessions
●    Exclusive access to the non-public EGX Press Area
●    An application form for games companies to apply for formal pitch meetings with investors, which take place in private meeting rooms in the EGX Press Area from 1.30-6.00pm
  
For more information about the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit and to secure your place, please visit: www.gamesindustryinvestmentsummit2015.eventbrite.co.uk .

Train2Game News SpecialEffect nominated for awards

SpecialEffectThe games charity, SpecialEffect, are up for a couple of awards at the GamesIndustry International Innovation Awards.

The awards are being held by GamesIndustry.biz and there are numerous categories to vote in. SpecialEffect are up for the award in Innovation in Technology for their work constantly breaking new technological ground with one-off machines to bring the joy of gaming back into their lives.

They are also up for the award of Innovation in Social Responsibility. This prize celebrates those companies who choose to give something back to their communities and society at large. SpecialEffect is a prime example of giving back to the gaming community as they are always working on new ways of helping those in need.

Those who win will be presented with a trophy at an award ceremony at GameHorizon in Newcastle, England on May 7, 2014.

To see a full list of the nominations and to cast your vote visit http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-03-10-gamesindustry-innovation-awards-vote-now