Sam is a video editor with 8 years of experience, two of which have been in the games industry. Having played games all her life, with Bioshock being one of my all-time favourites, Sam is fascinated by the ability of games to tell stories and feel like we’re only just seeing the potential of the medium.
What’s it like to break through in an industry that is still heavily male-dominated? Where do you even start? What can you contribute and why are you stressing about it? Whether you are looking to find a way into gaming or want to know more from the women who are already a part of the industry, this Frontier fronted roundtable is all about asking the right questions to define opportunities that will help women succeed, and openly talking about the experiences that helped shape us into the women we are today. With guests across varying disciplines and experience levels, we will look at how to deal with everything from stressful deadlines, to negotiation tips, from being Emotional Creatures™, to defining moments in our career – and why it matters to talk about it all. Chaired by Bo Marit (Lead Community Manager), we’ve got five amazing women from different backgrounds and experience levels: Samantha Cox (Sr. Video Artist), Robyn Rutter (Senior Product Manager), Chanté Goodman (Community Manager), Philippa Moore (Programmer), and Samantha Marsh (QA Tester). Our hope is to empower others to take the plunge into a brilliant industry filled with other like-minded and creative individuals.
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A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
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If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
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