Game Recruiting Guru Joins Speaker Line-up at WIGI-Savannah Conference Marc Mencher Talks About Breaking Into Games Biz
Tuesday, April 17 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - GameRecruiter.com announced today that co-founder and president Marc Mencher will be a featured speaker at next week’s Women in Games International Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Entitled “Advancing Your Career in Game Development,” the WIGI conference will be held on Thursday, April 26 and located at the Savannah College of Art and Design campus. The event will coincide with the college’s annual Game Developers eXchange conference http://www.scad.edu/gdx. Mencher, a well-known specialist in game industry careers who has helped thousands of jobseekers land positions with the hottest gaming companies, will be speaking on the panel, “Breaking In: How to Acquire The Skills and Get That First Job.” This discussion will focus on what challenges to expect when breaking into the game industry, the necessary skills for an entry level job in the game industry, and different approaches to getting hired by a game studio.
With the panel moderated by Sam Lewis, Lead Game Designer at Cartoon Network, Mencher will be joined by fellow panelists Ismini Boinodiris Roby, co-founder of WomenGamers.com; Bryant Freitag,, Architecture and Licensing Lead at Big Huge Games; Darius Kazemi of Orbus Gameworks and Tess Snider, Senior Game Systems Programmer at Trion World Network.
Mencher will also co-moderate the “Meet the Producers” roundtable with Jon Hanna, producer at Kaneva. Drawing on his experience as an executive producer on several games, Mencher will talk with conference attendees about the role of game producers and what they really do on a day to day basis, plus discuss how to prepare for a career in producing, and the pitfalls and advantages to being a top-notch producer.
Mencher offers, “I always look forward to the opportunity to give meaningful career guidance to up-and-coming game developers. Speaking at WIGI-Savannah provides another targeted opportunity to pull from my first-hand experience and provide young people with the knowledge, encouragement and wisdom they will need to thrive in our industry. The development of promising careers is part of the equation when advancing the industry’s talent pool, and this is an investment of time and expertise that GameRecrutier.com is always willing to make.”
Marc will be joined at WIGI-Savannah by other games industry veterans such as Jennifer MacLean, General Manager of Games, Comcast Interactive, with a keynote address titled “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned by Playing Games;” Brenda Brathwaite, a recognized game designer and professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design; Don Daglow, CEO of Stormfront Studios; and Sheri Graner Ray, book author and leading game designer.
Before founding GameRecruiter.com, Marc Mencher worked for such game companies as Spectrum Holobyte, Microprose, and 3DO. Marc is the author of “Get In The Game!” -- an instructional book on careers in the video games industry. He is a curriculum advisor to several colleges offering Game Development degrees. Mencher speaks at numerous game industry conferences around the world. His firm, GameRecruiter.com, focuses on placing qualified talent in unique and un-advertised game industry jobs for a diverse world-wide clientele.
Registration for WIGI-Savannah is available online for $50, with student registration priced at $20. The registration fee also includes admission to GDX 2007 on Friday, April 27, an all-day event where game development experts share behind-the-scenes knowledge about the gaming industry, located at the Trustees Theater. To register for WIGI-Savannah and GDX, visit http://www.scad.edu/gdx.
About Women in Games International
Women in Games International was created to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry. Women in Games International believes that diversifying the game development, media, academic and publishing workplace results in not only a more equitable space, but better products. Women in Games International advocates for issues important to both women and men in the game development industry, including a better work/life balance and healthy working conditions. To further these objectives, Women in Games International is committed to the promotion and sponsorship of conferences, workshops and seminars that help women break into and thrive within the game development world. sor more information please visit http://www.womeningamesinternational.org .
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