26 January 2010

Monetization in Gaming WIGI event

Women in Games International D-L-C event (D=drinks, L=lectures, C=community).

D-L-C events are held quarterly and move WIGI's mission forward to create a community interested and engaged in the gaming industry.

The upcoming topic will be "MONETIZATION IN GAMING (both in the casual and social gaming arena)". We have brought together a panel of industry leaders with a myriad of experience and insight.

Confirmed Speakers include:

EDDIE CHEN - CFO and Co-founder of ICE Entertainment, an online game developer and operator based in Shanghai, China. Eddie also serves as the CEO of THQ*ICE, a joint venture between ICE and THQ, one of the World’s leading video game publisher.

ALI MOIZ - Co-founder at Peanut Labs, one of the leading virtual currency monetization networks in what has become a $1.5bn industry in 2009. Before Peanut Labs Ali ran Xuqa a social gaming site which was one of the pioneers of the virtual currency model for free-to-play games and virtual worlds.

THOMAS LEE - A video game executive with a deep understanding of social networks, and free to play online games, and he is currently building the Micro transaction focused online game business initiative for Gamepot USA, the US publishing division of Japan’s Gamepot, Inc. Prior to Gamepot, Thomas was at the Korean game giant, Nexon America managing their business and focusing on Prepaid Card distribution at national retailers, including Target, 7-Eleven, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and CVS, with the focus on promoting free to play micro-transaction item sales model.

More speakers TBA soon!

Doors open at 6:30pm.

The panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00pm and will last one hour. Space is limited to 100 attendees for the panel discussion (first come first serve seating).

Join us afterwards at El Torito (just a few doors down) to continue the conversation over drinks.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Art Institute Santa Monica
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA

13 January 2010

GameMentorOnline Seeking Web Sponsor

IGDA Women in Games, in partnership with WIGI, is seeking an an-kind sponsor to develop and maintain a basic 5-7 page web site for GameMentorOnline.  We already have URL, copy, links and navigation.

Are you a freelance web designer or boutique web team seeking some exposure in the games industry? We can offer a selection of marketing benefits in exchange for your web design and management services.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact wigsig@igda.org

03 January 2010

Women earn more than men in UK games industry

"Whilst women are still a minority in the sector’s workforce, they are earning more than their male counterparts, according to research conducted by MCV.

Average female annual salaries are £2,000 higher than the male wage, at £33,260."