Shane Barnfield

Shane Barnfield

Keywords Studios

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Global Head of Talent Acquisition - Create Service line (Art production & Game Development)

Shane Barnfield is speaking at the following session/s

Games Talent Acquisition Roundtable

Keywords Studios is a Games Service provider that combines the cross-functional expertise of our Game Development and [Art Services]( teams. Collaborating across our global integrated network of 70+ studios, delivering the highest quality video game content to key developers and Publishers. 

Myself (Shane Barnfield) and Eduardo Goncalves, both Directors of Talent Acquisition for the Create Service (Game dev & Art) at the Keywords Group would have a roundtable discussion with Stuart Godfrey (Recruitment Manager), Ben Potton (Development Director) and Rhys Cadle (Design Director) about some of the challenges to attract and retain games art and engineering talent, the initiatives in place at the studio to overcome them, the opportunities that remote hiring can represent and as well tips to start/develop a career in games. 

Main topics of the roundtable are as per below: 

Games Talent market

  • Attracting and retaining senior talent
  • Talent Market supply 
  • Agency Recruitment: Pos and Cons
  • Growing a diverse studio

Regional challenges & opportunities:

  • Hiring Overseas staff 
  • Brexit

Application/Interviewing process:

  • Remote interviewing 
  • Remote tests
  • Application readiness 
  • Graduate recruitment

Session Takeaway

  • Ways to overcome the low talent supply 
  • Attracting and retaining Senior Talent
  • DE&I talent initiatives
  • Games industry application process/requirements

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