Scrapbook: the Women In Games Awards

The Chinese Room team regularly attends various games industry events, from conferences and shows to networking lunches and drinks, and we decided to try and bring you a little report from the person who attended every time the attendee is back in the office. We hope you enjoy these 'scrapbook' entries!

In our first edition of this feature, our Senior Designer Catherine was nominated for a Women In Games award last month and attended the awards ceremony...

Image Source: MCV Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/mcvonline)

Image Source: MCV Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/mcvonline)

Back on the 19th of May it was the MCV Women in Games awards, an event that recognises and rewards the contribution of women to the UK Games industry.

As a listed woman in the Top 30 list and nominated for the Creative Impact award I felt I had to attend, not only to see if I won the award I was nominated for, but also to have the chance to be in a room full of women within the games industry, which can sadly be a rare occurrence.

Women in Games was established back in 2011 as a non-profit organisation to help recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry. This is maintained by actively promoting female role models and giving encouragement and information to those who may be seeking a job in the games industry.

It was a great evening which had lots of time for talking to different women within the industry and also men who were there to support the organisation and raise awareness. The awards themselves were great, they were hosted by Julia Hardy and she did a great job bringing humour to the awards, while also having a well-known woman within games media as the presenter too.

There were six awards up for grabs which were for Rising Star, Businesswoman of the Year, Creative Impact, Unsung Hero, Campaigner and Outstanding Contribution of the Year. Myself and Jessica Curry were both up for Creative Impact against some very tough competition which was ultimately won by the amazing Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule.

Overall it was an amazing night, being able to talk to a large variety of people from different companies with similar interests. If it sounds like something that interests you, why not pop along to the Women in Games Networking lunch during Develop on the 13th of July in Brighton? Details can be found here.