Facebook has been unveiled as the headline sponsor for the 2018 European Women in Games Conference.
The summit, organised by Women in Games WIGJ, the games industry’s diversity organisation, will take place on 11 to 12 September at City University in London. It will: “Comprise keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops, with insight provided by key staff members from Facebook HQ. There will also be over 40 speakers and panellists from across the games industry that represent the diverse wealth of sectors and the talent within them.
Aoife Brodigan, Head of Games Marketing, EMEA at Facebook, said: “Facebook has a rich history in broadening the audience for playing and building communities around games. We are excited to further this work with our Women in Gaming initiative that offers women in the games industry a platform to share their stories. As the headline sponsor for the European Women in Games Conference, we are looking forward to sharing some of these inspiring stories, working with WIGJ to power meaningful connections between women in the industry.”
Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games WIGJ, said: “The Women in Games WIGJ not-for-profit organisation exists to double the number of women working in the games industry by 2025. Our flagship event is the European Women in Games Conference which has a 7-year history of educating, inspiring, and helping to stimulate future generations of talent in the technology and creative industries. We welcome Facebook as headline sponsor. It sends a clear signal of the intent to change the face of games and the tech sector, and we look forward to our long-term partnership.”
Facebook’s move makes perfect sense: games on Facebook have long been renowned for finding a substantial female audience, and the European Women in Games Conference is the highest-profile event seeking to redress the imbalance between men and women in the games industry. If you’re interested in finding out more, head to the Women in Games WIGJ website.