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  • Interactive Selection welcomes Raffaella Carissimi to its recruiting team

    Raffaella Carissimi

    I am pleased to welcome Raffaella Carissimi to the Interactive Selection recruiting team. Raffaella has nearly 20 years of experience working in the games industry managing sales at Leader, Lago and THQ in Italy. Most recently she was MD at Blaze Europe. She is now working in London at Interactive HQ and she can be reached on  +44 208 944 7777  or raffaella AT interactiveselection DOT com. Raffaella commented. “I am very excited to be working in recruitment with Interactive Selection and I look forward to working with my old friends in the industry and look forward to working with many, many new friends.”



    Former Gremlin Group's Jenny Richards-Stewart to join Women in Games Jobs as new CEO.

    Jenny Richards CEO WIGJWomen 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 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.


    Interactive Selection are again short-listed as Best Service Provider: Recruitment in 2014 TIGA Awards

    tigaawards14TIGA’s Games Industry Awards 2014 focus on the best games in the industry over the last 12 months and also highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation. Interactive Selection won the awards last year and is proud to have been short-listed again as Best Service Provider: Recruitment. We believe that Interactive Selection should win the first ever TIGA award for Best Recruitment Agency as it: 

    Supported TIGA from day 1.
    Interactive has been an affiliate member of TIGA for 14 years.

    Continues to get better.
    We won the TIGA awards last year and our service has improved significantly since 2013

    Leads industry in addressing the gender imbalance in games sector.
    Interactive created Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ), a “not for profit” that works to recruit more women into the industry. It runs a series of events including an annual conference supported by TIGA which makes a real difference to the small number of women in the industry and is starting to make a difference with a large number of men.

    Provides free recruitment advice to all TIGA members
    Interactive wrote in 2012 TIGA’s Best Practice Guide to Recruitment & Selection in the Games Industry. We also work directly for many members.

    Provides free job advertising for TIGA members.
    Interactive’s Job Board, Games Job Board powers the job board for TIGA members on the TIGA website. This is free resource for TIGA members.

    Leads professional standards amongst games recruiters.
    Interactive is a long standing member of the recruitment trade association, REC that commits members to high standards. No other games recruiter in TIGA is a member.


    Feedback confirms high ratings of European Women in Games Conference 2014.

    Elaine ReynoldsThanksTrang Ho to nearly half of delegates who completed the feedback form on-line. We will take all your comments on board for future conferences and events. With a similar feedback format to last year we can also make some year on year comparisons.

    Over 1 in 8 delegates were male (2013, 1 in 5). 42% of delegates were aged 26-35 ( 2013, 59%). Nearly 75% were under 35 (2013, 85%). 58% had 5 years’ experience in the games industry or less (2013, 57%). Only 60% considered themselves to be working already for a developer or publisher compared to 80% last year.
    26% of delegates rated the conference with the highest score of 10 out of 10. ( 2013, 38% ) The average rating was 7.5 out of 10. (2013, 8.4).

    Elaine Reynolds and Trang Ho were the most highly rated speakers. With the 2 careers panels after lunch being scored most highly. Criticisms included the disorganisation after 11.30 caused by the late cancellation of a key note speaker and a panel chair who was delayed but these were more than offset by 2 excellent career panels after lunch. For 71% of delegates, it was their first time at the European Women in Games Conference. 80% reported that they were interested in attending the conference in 2015. (2013, 88%)

    Here are some of the final comments.

    “It was a great experience overall. The people were great, the panels were great.”

    “I learnt a fair bit about it and like to work in it more now.”

    “It was an amazing experience that showed diversity and equality within gaming.”

    “Overall it was great and the energy was very positive.”

    “I am glad that this event exists and hope it will keep getting better.”


    Interactive pass REC Compliance Test. Shows 100% commitment to professional standards.

    REC Compliance (640x293)Congratulations! You have passed the REC’s Compliance Test. You have successfully achieved a percentage of at least 75% and have answered all the Red Flag questions, if relevant, correctly. Your score has now been recorded against your organisation record. As an REC Member you will now be required to complete the online Compliance Test every two years to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards.

    The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has introduced an online compliance test to assess an agency’s knowledge of the relevant industry legislation and the REC Code of Professional Practice (REC Code). By doing this REC can determine if new applicants for membership can become full REC members and whether existing REC members can renew and retain their membership.

    Interactive Selection passed the REC’s Compliance Test first time with a score of 100%. As a job seeker or employee, you can trust Interactive Selection to maintain professional standards.



    Catharina Lavers Mallet and Marie-Claire Isaaman Inducted into Women in Games Hall of Fame

    WIGJ-2691 (640x520)Catharina Lavers Mallet, who is Head of Studio at King in London and Marie-Claire Isaaman, who is Course Director for the BA Games Art and Design course at Norwich University of the Arts were inducted into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame at yesterday’s Interactive Selection sponsored European Women in Games Conference. The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 and is sponsored by EA. The awards were presented by Catalina Lou, Head of Publishing of EA’s Free2Play Games.
    Speaking after receiving her award Catharina said, “I’m very proud and grateful to be a part of this group which supports women working in the games industry. Thank you so much for this award and to Women in Games Jobs for organising such a useful and helpful event for women in our industry.”  Marie- Claire added,” I‘m delighted to receive this award. It’s wonderful to get recognition for the work we do at Norwich University of the Arts in nurturing and supporting talent into the games industry and I see this not only as an award for myself but for both my course team and my students.”

    Yesterday’s event which was held at London South Bank University and hosted by the university’s BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree course was a complete sell out with over 245 tickets sold. Attendees enjoyed a mix of speeches, panels, the award ceremony and the world premier screening of Boy’s Toys? a documentary film by Elke Teichmann and Eef Den Boer. David Smith, Founder of WIGJ commented “Yesterday’s conference was our best attended yet. It is very gratifying to see the conference grow year on year. The generosity of London South Bank University in supplying a first class venue meant we could peg the ticket price to an accessible level for all delegates. I would also like to thank NaturalMotion, EA, Green Man Gaming, Creative England, BAFTA, IDGA and TIGA for their support.”


    Third HR Manager Forum to take place 10th September at Elephant & Castle, London

    WIGJ HR ForumThe 3rd event for European games industry HR professionals organised by WIGJ is taking place alongside the European Women in Games Conference on 10th September. This meeting is to be chaired jointly by Anna Chamberlain of Osborne Clarke and Julia Clement of and will focus on HR Networking and Learning & Development. Tickets are on sale at

    The HR Managers Forum is designed for Human Resources professionals to network and share best practice. The last event was in Guildford on 29th May. A report on the event by Cathy Campos is at

    More feedback from the last Guildford meeting:

    • It was nice to break out into groups and share insights and ideas –  Olivia Goodman, Mind Candy
    • Very informative and a great way to network –  Yvonne Dawes, Frontier Developments
    • A great networking opportunity – Becky Glover, EA
    • Great organisation, would like to attend more events like this –  Valentina Marchetti, FGOL
    • Well organised and engaging – Ben Harrison, SEGA Europe

    Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your fellow HR professionals and, at the same time, get to attend much of the European Women in Games Conference. Reserve your tickets today at


    Interactive Selection team will be at Develop Conference in Brighton 9-10 July 2014

    All the team from international games recruiter, Interactive Selection, will be at Develop Conference in Brighton, UK on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 July 2014. We believe in being as accessible as possible  for our clients, even though our industry is more and more global. If you would like to meet up with David Smith, Adrian Garrick, Cassandra Donnelly, Ash Huntington, David Delve or Bonnie Pavlo now is the time to schedule a meeting.  Alternatively, look out for us in the Exhibition and Bar areas of the Metropole Hotel, Brighton and come and say hello. We look forward to seeing you at our “home” conference.


    European Women in Games Conference takes place September 10th in London - Calls for speakers

    WIGJ European-Women-in-Games-ConferenceThe European Women in Games Conference has opened its call for speakers and panellists as the annual games industry event gets ready to return on September 10th.

    Volunteers have until July 11th to make contact with their ideas for the growingly popular conference which last years attracted over 200 delegates. List of contacts.

    The European Women in Games Conference will take place on September 10th at London South Bank University at the invitation of Siobhan Thomas, Director of the very successful BA (Hons) Game Cultures course. The conference will include again the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards where last year Rhianna Pratchett, Siobhan Reddy and Zuraida Buter joined the Hall of Fame.

    “We are fortunate to have welcomed some inspiring key note speakers over the last  3 years including Fiona Sperry, Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury.” said David Smith, Founder of conference organisers, Women in Games Jobs. “This year we would like to open the opportunity to speak or contribute to all – both women and men. This is our first public call and we encourage everyone to participate. If you have not spoken before, now is the time to put yourself forward!”

    The conference celebrates the diverse talent that makes up the games industry. It brings together leading industry figures, major employers, professional bodies and specialist HR advisors to mix with the talent that is already working or seeking to work  in the games industry. The atmosphere is unique amongst games industry conferences. It fulfils the thirst for knowledge but also offers real opportunities to network and meet new people amidst a high level of inspiration.

    Anyone interested in speaking or a participating in this year’s conference can contact conference organiser, David Smith on david.smith AT wigjobs DOT com



    Caroline Miller to speak at WIGJ Networking Lunch during Develop 2014 on 9 July in Brighton

    Caroline MillerWIGJWIGJ Meetup eg is pleased to announce its fifth annual Develop Networking Lunch for women in games on Wednesday 9th July in Brighton. Game developers and supporters of women in games who are going to Develop 2014 or live and work in reach of Brighton, Sussex, UK are invited to a free lunch and chance to network with up to 100 others working or planning to work in the games industry. Come and meet our guest speaker: Caroline Miller, Founder of Indigo PR, recently voted by MCV one of the 100 most influential people in the games industry and other invited stars from games development.

    A big thanks to Marie-Claire Isaaman and Norwich University of the Arts again for making this event possible. NUA was recently rated top Specialist Arts Institution in the UK (National Student Survey 2013) and best Specialist Institution in Art and Design (Complete University Guide 2014).

    There is a free expo at the Develop Conference in the Hilton Brighton Metropole (only 50m away) which is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to the games companies exhibiting there. Men are very welcome as guests of WIGJ supporters.

    Brighton is less than 1 hour by train from London and Brighton Music Hall is about 15 minutes walk from Brighton Station directly on the seafront below the level of the main seafront road opposite the Brighton Centre.

    There are only a limited number of places which are being offered on a first come, first served basis. This event is by ticket only so you will need to book your place through MeetUp.

    Get the event in your diary. Book your place now!