Got a sudden invitation to European Women in Games Conference. About 100 women from attendees to speakers, all talking about games, it was unreal! (only a handful of guys in the room) I was like Oh Wow you’re a girl and you know exactly what I’m talking about! It’s amazing, can’t remember the last time I talked to a girl about games, must have been years ago.
Highlights include the co-founder of Revolution Software (Broken Sword series – LOVE), and Rhianna Pratchett, who is the game writer for Tomb Rider AND the daughter of Terry Pratchett (I’ve seen the father and now the daughter, so that was unreal too).
A bit of industry insights: Media Molecule (Little Big Planet) seems to be the Google of the UK game industry, in terms of office culture. Quite a few girls from King, which is the people behind Candy Crush games (I don’t play, but too many people do it seems!). The company is based in Sweden and London, and they’ve gone up from 200+ people to 550+ in very short time – I’m guessing because of Candy Crush. A few girls from the big players i.e. Sony and EA. A small division of Criterion EA (Burntout/Need for Speed) is working on a secret new IP, that is NOT a racing game. The sale of GTA V in 3 days has outdone what Harry Potter movie makes in months, which marks the fastest selling of any entertainment property, including video games and feature films. GTA V was made in Edinburgh, Scotland btw.
Pretty awesome day 🙂