Interactive relaunches as games industry search firm focussed on hiring more women and minorities.

Interactive Selection is innovating with the times and reviewing its offering to the games and interactive entertainment industry to build on its strengths. Interactive will now concentrate developing as a modern day, technology lead, executive search specialist which partners closely with its clients on an exclusive or unique basis to find world class talent. It will continue to consult and advise to fill key roles in video, online and mobile games, esports, VR, AR, AI and robotics, but will now add a dedicated offering to clients who would like to source more qualified women and minorities.

David Smith, CEO of Interactive, commented, “The days of the global games recruiter are over. Whilst we were one of the first with global capability, placing job seekers all over the as early as in 1999, the rise of the regional games recruiter and advances in recruiting technology mean that the service is longer sustainable. Agencies succeed in a niche and global games recruitment, being able to fill any role, in any country, at discounted rates is now a chasm as more and more, new agencies compete for a smaller slice of the market.”

Interactive is the founder of two of Europe’s leading diversity organisations, Women in Games WIGJ and BAME in Games. It is committed to advancing the creative and commercial success of the games industry by placing more talented women and minorities at all levels. It will now strive to work with forward-thinking organisations keen to go the extra mile to recruit a diverse workforce.

David continued, “We know that many games companies want to hire more women but believe that this is extraordinarily difficult. It is not so difficult if the company is committed to diversity and inclusion and prepared to act on the advice of a specialist like Interactive. This is a world first in the games industry. No other agency is offering this service. We look forward to working with both new and existing clients to make this work.”

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Ireland Games Jobs is the professional group for all working in the video games industry in Irealnd or all interested in moving to work in games in Ireland. This is a forum to exchange ideas, help and advice on current topics and trends in jobs and careers within Ireland. If you are a member of LinkedIn, you can now get together with over 1600 others who share the same interests.

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Games Recruiter honoured with recruitment body's Honorary Fellowship.

Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP)

Interactive Selection is pleased to announce that its MD, David Smith, has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) in the UK. The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) is the representative body for individuals working within the Staffing and Recruitment Industry. Established in 2009 in its present form, but tracing its history back for over 80 years,the IRP helps its members maintain and develop their careers, providing a clear differentiator for the professional recruiter. All IRP members abide by a Code of Ethics, and commit to upholding best practice.

HonFIRP status is the highest accolade of individual members and is only awarded to those members who have demonstrated an outstanding career and outstanding personal contribution to REC, IRP and the recruitment industry. The Honorary Fellowship is awarded annually at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC’s) AGM and David bagged 1 of the 2 on offer. All in all, there are about 100000 working in UK recruitment and we understand that under 20 have been given this honour.

David commented, “I am thrilled with this award. It is another first for the games industry. Recognition by your peers counts for a lot. My work in the recruitment profession, just as in the games industry is ongoing and I look forward to working with the REC and IRP to advance its standing still further.”

Meet Tony Kelly - CEO, Demonware from Dublin

Meet Tony Kelly – CEO, Demonware from Dublin

Documentary about the Game Development Industry in Ireland by University Of Ulster filmmaker

Daniel Doran with Theresa McGuinness interviews various games developers in and around Ireland to capture a great insight into Ireland’s creative community.

Ireland – The European Gaming Hub by ITGconex

According to a recent Forfas report, the global game’s industry is estimated to be valued at €48 billion and this figure is expected to increase to €65.9 billion by 2015. The IDA is expecting an increase over the next two years and the gaming industry presents numerous opportunities for growth across Ireland in the immediate future. It is estimated that the games industry in Ireland will create an additional 2500 jobs in the next two years. Furthermore, there would also be a significant level of associated employment in firms supplying the sector.

The Programme for Government included a commitment to support the digital games industry and to promote Ireland as a gaming hub. Now, Ireland is making a name for itself as a hub for IT, social media and cloud computing. Experts are calling for the Government to copy the model used in Ontario, Canada where the tax incentives have created a gaming industry employing over 100,000 people. The gaming industry is expanding at an exponential rate and the recruitment industry has to follow suit.

 

Mirko Gozzo, General Manager for Europe for Riot Games, met Game Careers at gamescom

Mirko Gozzo, European General Manager for Riot Games, talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at GDC Europe in Germany. Mirko has been in the computer games industry for more than 10 years with extensive expertise operating and publishing overseas products (especially from Asian companies) within the European market in multiple languages. He is experienced in both pay-to-play (P2P) and free-to-play (F2P) business models focussing every action on its ROI, PCU, APA, ARPPU / B-ARPU, player acquisition, retention and re-acquisition. He has successfully launched many AAA online games including World of Warcraft, Aion, Lineage II, and other top-selling offline games including Mortal Kombat: Deception, F.E.A.R., Commandos and Empire Earth. His advice to those thinking of applying for a job at Riot Games:

“If I have one suggestion that would be play League of Legends and tell us what you think – all the good things and also the bad things, which are the most important for us because we always want to improve, and having someone passionate about the game who can tell us where we can improve its exactly what we like.”  See the full clip here:

 

Recruiting more women into games: Highlights video from European Women in Games Conference

Too busy, too far away, just thought it a waste of time or never even heard about it, you can now get a flavour of what you missed. Whatever reason you could not make it to the European Women in Games Conference, London on 22 September 2011, here is the highlights video of the conference brought to you courtesy of James Hakesly Photography. Sold out and packed into the downstairs conference suite of the NH Harrington Hall Hotel, London, some of the games industry’s most successful female achievers inspired other women seeking to enter the games industry and those wishing to progress their careers at the annual European Women in Games Conference and Networking event. If you are interested in joining the WIGJ professional network, we recommend you should join over 2500 other supporters in our LinkedIn group.

Change the default resolution of 360p to 720p and see the full clip below in glorious HD.

Irish composer/conductor with Blizzard Games rocks Nintedo's E3 presentation

Eimear Noone is an Irish composer/conductor living in LA working with Blizzard Games and Nintendo. See her conducting the orchestra ahead of Nintedo’s E3 presentation in this video clip of the Zelda Overture at E3 2011.

Ireland's Women in Games invited to European Conference in London 22 Sept. 2011

Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ) announces this year’s women in games conference will take place on September 22nd 2011 in London. This first ever pan European conference for women is being supported and championed by an impressive Advisory Board.

Board members in alphabetical order include:

Ali Bergstrom-Allen, Production Lead, Sony Computer Entertainment;

Barbara Bernad, Lead Animator, Maverick Media;

Alison Cressey, Open Sauce Marketing and former European MD, Activision;

Geraldine Cross, HR Manager, Blitz Games;

Jo Goodson, Jo Wood Consultants and former European MD, Broderbund;

Helen Kennedy, University of the West of England and Women in Games;

Clare Maddalena, Maddalena Consulting;

Louise Murray, Head of Fable Franchise, Microsoft Lionhead;

David Smith, Founder, WIGJ;

Fiona Sperry, Studio Director and VP, EA Criterion Games

Giselle Stewart, General Manager, Ubisoft Reflections.

The conference focus is Career Development for women within the European games industry, featuring keynote and specialist speakers giving practical advice on getting into and getting ahead in the industry, where as few as 1 in 15 people are women.

Further announcements on the speaker line up and venue details will follow.

David Smith, founder of WIGJ, commented: “This year’s Women In Games Conference is aimed at both women in games education and women with firmly established careers in games development and games publishing across Europe – a ‘must attend’ event for women seeking to progress their careers in the male dominated games sector.”

Early Bird Tickets priced at £20+ service fee are on sale at Eventbrite. Go to http://wigconference2011.eventbrite.com/