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  • REC endorses TIGA Best Practice Guide: Recruitment & Selection in Games Industry.

    David Smith of Interactive Selection spoke with Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, REC. Kevin comments on TIGA’s best practice recruitment guide for the whole of the games industry:

    “I think it’s really good news. I think it’s important that recruiters do more than just do their core job, I think there is a real opportunity for recruiters to play a role in educating and working with the end users to improve best practice in recruitment, And that’s in everyone’s interest. It helps the job seeker, the person or the candidate looking for a new role. It helps the employer make sure they make the right hire. But it also ensures that they are using a third party recruitment company operating within the realms of best practice. So I think it works for all parts of the recruitment chain.

    Secondly I think it is really important that recruiters add value and I think you are to be commended in doing this piece of work in the games industry – an innovative fast moving dynamic industry where a recruitment process can get lost in the mix. Again, I think amplifying what best practice looks like, holding the mirror up, demonstrating to companies that the value they get by doing recruiting effectively is good news. And again what I like about the guide is that it’s very practical, it’s got lots of tools, hints and tips. I think that’s what people are looking for, some practical advice and not tomes of employment law, so I think the tool itself is really good news. It will really help the games industry.

    I also think that for recruiters generally there is a huge opportunity to do more of this activity which is to look at their own industry, promote best practice because it’s in everyone’s interest in the long term to make sure that companies get the right people for the right job, and that the candidates go through the best experience possible.”

    This guide was written by Interactive Selection and is available from TIGA website or free from your regular Interactive Selection contact.

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    Interactive Selection launches Brighton office with Games Industry Breakfast Meeting - 13th November.

    Brighton Seafront Interactive Selection has launched an office in Brighton!   Celebrating the new office staffed by Ash Huntington and Bonnie Pavlo, we are writing to invite all our local contacts to our forthcoming breakfast meeting for games and apps developers – Saving Your Business Money!

    Combining our expertise with Carpenter Box Accountants, we would like to offer practical advice (and bacon rolls) on how you could be more better off in 2014. The focus will be on ways in which you may be able to save your business money – by taking advantage of the new funding streams proposed for companies working in the video games or animation sector, as well as advice on attracting investors and finding new talent. Please find the invite attached.

    It takes place on 13th November, 8am at myhotel in Brighton. A great networking opportunity! Places are limited so please register now!

    You can reach Ash or Bonnie in Brighton on ash AT interactiveselection DOT com or bonnie AT interactiveselection DOT com.

     

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    Games Job Board offers another free trial to game developer advertisers.

    gjb-button1Greetings from Games Job Board – the job board serving the global games and interactive entertainment industry. See http://www.gamesjobboard.com Simply named, it delivers more games jobs in more locations to more job seekers in one of the most exciting industries on the planet.

    The Job Board is powered by the JobThread engine. JobThread, Inc is privately held company based in New York City that was founded in 2003.

    Games Job Board is not an employment agency or recruitment consultancy. It is part of the DS Interactive Group.

    FREE TRIAL Games Job Board is offering a free trial of this service to established, bona fide games publishers and developers with multiple jobs to fill. Please contact the Sales Manager, Samantha Healey by email on ads@gamesjobboard.com for full details.

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    Interactive Selection are short-listed as Best Service Provider: Recruitment in 2013 TIGA Awards.

    tiga-games-awards-2013TIGA’s Games Industry Awards 2013 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 is proud to have been short-listed as Best Service Provider: Recruitment. We believe that Interactive Selection should win the first ever TIGA award for Best Recruitment Agency as it: 

    Commits to the highest standards of professional recruitment.

    Interactive is a long standing member of the recruitment trade association, REC that commits members to high standards. Most games recruiters are not members. The REC won the Trade Association Forum award in 2012, which was won by TIGA in 2011 and 2010.

    Provides free recruitment advice to all TIGA members

    Interactive wrote in 2012 TIGA’s Best Practice Guide to Recruitment & Selection in the Games Industry. This document is the first of its kind produced by any games trade association anywhere in the world and adds real value to TIGA membership. We also work directly for many members.

    Raises awareness of gender imbalance and diversity in games sector.

    Interactive believes it is a making a difference for the benefit of the whole industry with the creation of Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ). WIGJ  is “not for profit” and works to recruit more women into the industry by promoting role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games.

    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.

    Supported TIGA from day 1.

    Interactive has been an affiliate member of TIGA for 13 years. Only 1 Recruitment Agency has committed to TIGA from day 1 and continues to do so.

    The TIGA Games Industry Conference will take place during the day and the awards ceremony will take place in the evening, both on Wednesday 6 November 2013 at Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios. Wish us luck!

    TIGA’s Game of The Year Award is also now open to public vote. The deadline for all votes is Monday October 21 at 5pm and entry is limited to one vote per person – you can cast your vote here.

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    Games Industry HR Managers launch Forum to share best practice at Women in Games Conference

    Sue Eilfield EA VP HRA new event for games industry HR professionals has launched. Hosted at the European Women in Games Conference, the HR Managers Forum is designed for Human Resources professional to network and share best practice.

    The event is to be chaired jointly by Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, EA and Tracy Newton-Blows, HR Director, NaturalMotion. The first meeting of the Forum will be at 11.00 on Wednesday 25th September during the European Women in Games Conference which takes place at Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, SW7 4LH. It will be followed by a networking lunch sponsored by PlayStation First. “I would love to see many more games industry HR leaders and HR managers join us for this year’s Women in Games event and join the HR Managers Forum. I’m excited to take part again this year – it’s a great chance for anyone in games HR to join the conference, learn more about the industry, network with other like-minded HR professionals and share our experiences and practices,”  commented Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, EA

    The first agenda will see presentations from Tanya Mukherjee, Diversity Manager at ITV, Kelsey Wesley from EA’s USA based Diversity & Inclusion team and Anna Chamberlain from lawyers Osborne Clarke. There will also be the chance to meet DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine, the leading magazine for in house recruitment professionals.

    Tracy Newton-Blows, HR Director, NaturalMotion commented: “It is essential that in today’s dynamic gaming environment that a reciprocal network of HR professionals is developed.  The Women in Games HR Forum is the ideal opportunity for HR professionals working in the industry to meet and share best HR practice.”

    The Forum is open to HR Professionals working in the games industry or technology or media sectors and those performing HR roles as part of their management duties.

    “I am delighted to be able to welcome the HR Manager’s Forum to the forthcoming European Women in Games Conference. HR managers play an essential role in forward thinking practices and are vital to the future success of our industry. This new forum is a great opportunity to network with and learn from the industry’s best,” added Alison Cressey CEO of WIGJ.

    Tickets to the HR Managers Forum are available via the European Women in Games Conference at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com

    European Women in Games Conference 2013 takes place 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London UK

    The Conference is supported by Electronic Arts, NaturalMotion, PlayStation First, BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA and Women in Games International.

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    Both men and women star in European Women in Games Conference - September 25th - Video

    Not yet bought your tickets for this year’s European Women in Games Conference on September 25th – watch these highlights from the 2012 conference.

    The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games industry, technology and media professionals.

    The European Women in Games Conference 2013,will take place on 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London, UK. The theme of this year’s conference will be Creating Your Future. Get top insight and be inspired by leading industry figures Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury MBE and meet other leading and dynamic women within the industry.

    The conference will feature as many as 40 industry speakers as well as the return of the popular hosted roundtables. New for this year will be a Student showcase and HR manager’s forum. We will also be hosting the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards this year sponsored by Electronic Arts. The post conference reception is sponsored by NaturalMotion Games. The Networking Sponsor is PlayStation First from Sony. Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA and Women in Games International.

    Early bird tickets are now available until 11 September. Our first, full day conference includes drinks on arrival and at breaks in the morning and afternoon and Chef’s 3 Choice Menu lunch with sumptuous salads, main courses and selection of desserts. Buy today at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com
    The conference starts at 9.30am until 5.00pm with sponsored drinks until 7.00pm. Registration starts at 8.45am.

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    Student Showcase at European Women in Games Conference 2013 - 25 Sept. Meet the talent

    University course leaders and lecturers from in the UK have been invited to recommend their upcoming, final year women students or 2013 graduates to attend for free the European Women in Games Conference on September 25th at Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, SW7 4LH.  Conference organisers, Women in Games Jobs ( WIGJ), have reserved 30 of its tickets for women students to allow those selected to showcase their course and any private work to games company delegates from all over Europe with the objective of highlighting what is being taught at the UK’s top universities and ultimately making an introduction to future employers.

    David Smith, Founder of WIGJ commented: “Student showcases do not seem to be common at mainstream games industry conferences which is a little surprising when final year students and graduates are always looking for the chance to show their work to prospective employers. We want to reach out to those working in games education and reassure them that there is a big demand for talented female as well as male students.  Given the sad fact that some games industry university courses have very few women students, we do expect a good proportion of available talent to want to be at the conference on 25th September. If you are recruiting or just want to meet the future leaders in our sector, do book today!

    This action by WIGJ and its conference partners is part of a long term plan to encourage girls at school to consider a career in the games industry. The full programme for this years conference is at   http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/?page_id=841 So far students from Portsmouth University, Kingston University, Norwich University of the Arts, Staffordshire University, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Central Lancashire have all agreed to send students but there is still time to book. Interested students need to be referred or recommended by their course leaders or lecturers. Recruiters need to be booking their tickets at http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com

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    Siobhan Reddy, Director, Media Molecule & Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England to keynote EWIG Conference.

    WIGJ European-Women-in-Games-ConferenceThe European Women in Games Conference 2013,will take place on 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London, UK. The theme of this year’s conference will be Creating Your Future .

    Get top insight and be inspired by leading industry figures Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury MBE and meet other leading and dynamic women within the industry.

    Alison Cressey CEO of WIGJ commented : “ I am excited to confirm Siobhan and Caroline as keynote speakers. Siobhan is studio director at Media Molecule the producers of the successful Little Big Planet franchise. As an innovative and dynamic role model I am very much looking forward to her keynote. Caroline is a passionate advocate on diversity and its necessity for success and I am sure will be an inspiration to us all.”

    The conference will feature over 30 industry speakers as well as the return of the popular hosted roundtables.

    New for this year will be a Student showcase and HR manager’s forum. 

    We are delighted to announce we will also be hosting the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards this year sponsored by Electronic Arts.

    Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, Testronic Labs and Women in Games International. 

    The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games, technology and media professionals.

    Super Early bird tickets are now available at £95 until 11 August.  Our first, full day conference includes drinks on arrival and at breaks in the morning and afternoon and Chef’s 3 Choice Menu lunch with sumptuous salads, main courses and selection of desserts. Buy today at  http://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com

    The conference starts at 9.30am until 5.00pm with sponsored drinks until 7.00pm. Registration starts at 8.45am.

    More speakers and conference line up to be announced.

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    Mitu Khandaker, Founder, The Tiniest Shark - one woman games development team in UK

    Mitu Khandaker is a videogames PhD researcher and an independent game developer, running her own company, The Tiniest Shark. Most recently, she’s been working on her game, Redshirt, a comedy sci-fi social networking simulator. Mitu was named one of Develop magazine’s “30 Under 30” most promising game developers in the U.K. in 2012, and provides freelance journalism for Gamasutra, Continue Magazine and other game industry publications. Mitu has been involved in “women in games” initiatives via her web site, “DearAda.com,” and talks at game industry conference on topics of gender issues in games.

    Mitu offers this suggestion to women who are considering a career in games: “Definitely be vocal about your passion as much as possible. I’ve used social media for years to talk about my views on games. Doing that type of thing is important both in terms of building visibility, and building a sense of community for other people. Talk about your passion in games.”

    Watch the full interview by Interactive Selection’s David Smith at GDC that follows:

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    42 years of games design | Meet Don Daglow, President of Daglow Entertainment, LLC

    Game Careers was excited to chat with game designer and long-time game developer Don Daglow, president and creative director of Daglow Entertainment, LLC, an online game development studio founded in 2011. Don’s career in game design began on mainframe computers in 1971 (before Pong), and he has been designing successful online titles since 1987 (before the Internet). He is the only executive in the history of the industry to lead development teams on every generation of game consoles, from the Intellivision to the PS3/360/Wii.

    In 2008, His work was selected for an Emmy(R) Award in Technology and Engineering for his creation of Neverwinter Nights, the first graphical MMORPG. He serves as the president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Foundation (which supports industry scholarships), has served on the Advisory Board for GDC Europe, and advises the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG).

    Don’s  recommendation for someone coming into the industry:  no matter your area of skill or craft, continue to grow it and keep learning. Speaking from the  perspective of someone who has been in the industry since its earliest days Don also recommends developing persistence.  He points out that many people in the industry have  had to learn to overcome small delays or setbacks and that it is important to not give up. Watch the full interview that follows:

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