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Welcome to the She Plays Games Podcast! Over the next weeks, months and years, I, Lauren, hope to speak to a broad spectrum of women who’re working in the video games industry to learn more about their amazing experiences and the paths they've taken to get to where they are today. Whether you’re thinking about joining the video games industry or are just interested to learn more about the incredible women that I’ll be speaking to, my goal is to inspire you through the telling of these stories.
 
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This episode we have Marie Albaza. Marie Ablaza, also known as Your Fairy Job Mother is a Talent Recruiter at Netflix Games who uses her experiences in hiring staff to help others land their dream job by sharing advice through her Linkedin page. In this episode we chat about how talent recruiters fit within the hiring process, what you should ask i…
 
On this episode of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast, we're joined by former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé. Following the launch of his memoir, Disrupting The Game, we talk to him about his experiences at Nintendo and as one of the industry's few prominent Black gaming executives. He also shares his thoughts on the industry's ongoing d…
 
Lead Designer at Techland Tymon Smektala has joined Kirill Tokarev at 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the life and culture of the studio, discuss the tools Techlannd uses to create massive open-world environments, and share some behind-the-scenes information about the studio’s recently-released Dying Light 2 Stay Human. Follow 80 LEVEL on soc…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gathers around their mics and discuss the biggest stores from across the business of video games. Well, we say 'team' but this week it's just Brendan and James, and we say 'stories' but there's only one topic we're diving into this time: Square Enix's sale of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal for $…
 
80 Level Round Table returns in a new and improved live format! This time, Postcard Game Studio’s CEO and Game Director Ray Almaden, Lead Environment Artist Martin Teichmann, and Environment Artist Peter Wano have joined Kirill Tokarev to tell about the company’s culture and recruitment process, discuss the role of Environment Art in game developme…
 
This episode we have Veronica Ripley a.k.a Nikatine. Nikatine is a Twitch Ambassador, co-owner of Purple RP, and Founder of ​​Transmission Gaming, a community for trans gamers who seek safe places in online games. In this episode we discuss navigating identity through games like the Sims, how having an incredible bond with her Dad has shaped her, a…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news from across the business of video games. For this episode, we start by discussing the news that both Sony and Microsoft are reportedly considering introducing in-game ads into free-to-play titles on their consoles. While both are said to be working on inobtrusive method…
 
Coming from Sports Charities, Sarah brings a generous supply of knowledge to Safe in our World, a games industry charity which focuses on raising awareness for mental health. In this episode we discuss the importance of mental health training for games industry professionals, the various resources Safe in our World offers, and their new Play Your W…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gathers around their mics to dive deeper into some of the big discussions coursing through the business of video games. First, we explore a recent article written for us by TinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporchik on why review scores are dead. We share our own thoughts on the relevance of both reviews and the numbers attached to …
 
This episode we have The GameHers Co-Founders, Rebecca Dixon and Laura Deutsch. The*GameHers is hosting a 3 day professional bootcamp from Friday, April 29th to Sunday, May 1st and in honor of the occasion, we’ve had Rebecca and Laura on to discuss The*GameHers community and their incredible app. In this episode we discuss how the gamehers was form…
 
This episode we have Lauran Carter. Lauran is the head of comms and host at Liquid Crimson helping indie devs release and promote their games and helps run the Guildford Games Festival. She has worked with a number of brands including Modern World, Sega, and Lionhead Studios and even worked on the Animal Crossing Social Campaign with Maisie William…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news from the world behind video games. This week, we focus on the long-rumoured overhaul of PlayStation Plus, now revealed to be a three-tier system (with a fourth for regions without streaming). The team shares their reactions to Sony's souped-up offering, and our thoughts…
 
This episode we have four guests on the show to talk about their experiences as mothers working in the games industry. We discuss our first gaming experiences, common misconceptions about being a mother in games, and whether or not we're doing enough as an industry to give kids the same gaming origins that we had as children.…
 
This episode we have Storm Stewart also known as Stormyjazzy Storm is a model and Streamer having started in the games industry as a face model for Supermassive Games. She can be seen as Victoria in Until Dawn’s The InPatient, Jody in Hidden Agenda, and most famously, Captain Fliss in Man of Medan. This episode we discuss how the games industry cou…
 
GamesIndustry.biz is hosting a special episode of Video Games Real Talk, featuring former Sony PlayStation Studios chairman Shawn Layden. During the session, Layden shares his insighs of the global video games industry, offers advice to games studios and tells us what it was like working for the founder of Sony, Akio Morita. Hosted by Streamline Me…
 
Sara is the Head of Recruitment at Hitmarker. In this episode we talk about her life working as a Brazilian in the UK games industry, tips for how to scope out whether or not a company is the right fit for you, and her role in the UK Kickstart Scheme which saw over 100 young unemployed people get their first roles in the games industry. This is epi…
 
This week, we start by discussing the varying responses from games companies of all sizes to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine -- with a particular focus on the many major firms who have halted all sales in the region. We’ve since reported that these platform holders and publishers areturning their back on a $3.4 billion market -- a not insig…
 
This episode again we’re welcoming Mary Kenney! We last spoke with Mary about 2 years ago and since then she has gone from strength to strength. This time we’ll be talking about her experience working at Insomniac on Spider Man Miles Morales, how she makes sure her scripts are true to life, and her new book which comes out later this year Gamer Gir…
 
Project Lead responsible for Bohemia Interactive’s Enfusion Engine Pavel Šafář has joined Kirill Tokarev at 80 Level Round Table to discuss the development process behind the engine, explain how the company has managed to stay relevant for so long, and share some thoughts regarding the future of game engines. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https:…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news from the past week. On this episode, we start with a discussion about the DICE Summit keynote from EA executive vice president and chief operating officer Laura Miele, in which she said that games company leaders who “fall short of basic standards” should be removed. Ne…
 
This episode we have Sarah Makdad. Sarah is a Corporate Community Developer at Focus Entertainment and in this episode we talk about her experience as a part of the Game Awards’ Future Class, the French game dev scene, and how she donates her time to the non-profit organization Friendship Garden which helps aspiring game devs get to GDC. This is ep…
 
This episode we have Sarah Wellock. Sarah is the Senior European Comms Manager for Sega Europe and in this episode we discuss the evolution of community management over the years, handling press events in a COVID world, and the immense difficulty journalists face playing games without guides. This is episode 68 of She Plays Games.…
 
Andrew Teo, the CEO and Founder of Forust Studio, a game development studio based in Malaysia, has joined 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the development process behind their game The Company Man and discuss effective marketing strategies, indie developers can use to promote their games. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https://www.facebook.c…
 
This episode we have Gemma also known as KawaiiFoxita. Having started back in March 2020, Kawaii is a sims builder focusing on Architecture. In this episode we talk about her journey in finding the Sims, how the Sims lead her to pursuing a professional diploma in interior design and how she goes about planning her inspiring builds. This is episode …
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics and discuss the biggest news of the past week. Following Team17's speedy withdrawal from its proposed NFT project, we explore the sentiments behind the backlash against this divisive technology (for more on this, be sure to read the latest This Week In Business). We also discuss the debate around …
 
The Co-Founder of iLogos Game Studios Alexander Goldybin and the company's CBDO and Board Member Svitlanka Sergiichuk Romaniuk have joined 80 Level Round Table to discuss outsourcing in the mobile game industry, iLogos' views on competition, and the future of blockchain technologies in mobile games. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https://www.face…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gathers around their mics and discusses the biggest news of the past week. On this episode, we are of course delving into Sony's $3.6 billion acquisiton of Bungie, as well as our exclusive interview with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan and the Destiny studio's CEO Pete Parsons. The discussion explores the future of Destiny (and…
 
Rosa is a Lead Game Designer at Loveshark having worked in the games industry for over 4 years. In her journey, Rosa’s been recognized for her achievements in games design as well as her work helping others to transition into games. In this episode we talk about her games design principles and how she managed to snag the amazing opportunity to work…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news of the past week. This week, that does of course mean delving deeper into Microsoft's record-breaking plan to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7bn. We've already spoken to analysts about, as one referred to it, "the deal that will change the industry forever" and pos…
 
The GamesIndustry.biz team gathers around their mics to discuss the biggest stories of the past week. On this episode, we start with Take-Two's $12.7bn acquisition of mobile giant Zynga, delving into why the publisher of GTA and Borderlands might want to grow its presence in the mobile market. We also discuss a similar topic: the rise of the Apple …
 
Stevie is a really inspiring person in the UK games industry having started back in 2007. Stevie is currently a Community Developer PC Gamer and Consultant on the show Games Master. In this episode we discuss the evolution of online communities and her advice for keeping up with the latest platform as well as the benefits of coming into the career …
 
The GamesIndustry.biz podcast is back, with the team gathering around their mics to discuss the year ahead. Following our annual analysts' predictions feature, we discuss some of the more interesting topics that emerged and how we think they might develop. Subjects include the ongoing rumours around PlayStation's subscription plans, renewed interes…
 
The COO at ÜberStrategist Gareth Williams has joined 80 Level Round Table to talk about effective PR strategies the company uses to promote the games, explain the difference between marketing and PR, and discuss how the PR industry has changed over the past years. UberStrategist is a boutique video game PR agency that specializes in positive public…
 
Having worked at some of the games industry’s most prestigious studios such as Square Enix and Naughty Dog, Gabby’s journey into games has been pretty impressive. Gabby is currently QA Engineer II and Quality Lead at Riot Games working on Valorant. In this episode we discuss her journey into the games industry, how to handle the pressure of startin…
 
The Co-Founder of Capsule Studio Stéphane Montel and Facial Capture Supervisor from DI4D Lewis Telfer have joined Kirill Tokarev at 80 Level Round Table to discuss the production process behind a trailer for Farming Simulator 22 and shed some light on the creation of digital humans. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https://www.facebook.com/LevelEig…
 
This episode we have Chel Wong. Chel is an award winning composer who has been recognised for both their talent in audio as well as their work helping people to achieve their dreams in the games industry. In this episode we discuss the benefits of being a freelance audio professional in games, their amazing newsletter “Building a sustainable and fu…
 
In the first of our two year-end shows, we reflect on some of the biggest topics of the past 12 months in the games industry. We start with a discussion about the state of the AAA market, with a particular focus on the wave of new studios we've seen emerge - and the room for improvement when it comes to diversity behind the scenes. Then, we recap t…
 
Eliana is an audio professional working on video games, films, and podcasts having worked with many prestigious brands including Comedy Central, The North Face, and Julliard. In this episode, we discuss their upcoming game #AudioIndustryGame which is a narrative experience featuring stories of mistreated marginalized people working in audio. We als…
 
The Founder of Zoic Studios Andrew Orloff has joined the 80 Level Round Table to discuss Zoic's history in the VFX industry, talk about movies and series Zoic has made visual effects for, and discuss the company's plans regarding Virtual Production. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https://www.facebook.com/LevelEighty https://www.instagram.com/80.l…
 
Today’s episode I’m speaking with Nina Roussakoff. Nina’s journey into games began nearly 15 years ago with her roles adapting to the needs of the studios she worked at ranging from QA tester and programmer to Lead Scripter on Beyond A Steel Sky. Currently she’s the game director on the title Paleo Pines by the studio Italic Pig. In this episode we…
 
A Canadian 3D character artist, illustrator, and ZBrush Live representative Alina Ivanchenko has talked about the nuances of being a character artist for videogames, discussed some of her most memorable projects, including making characters for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and explained how to overcome the challenges character artists face. Follo…
 
Kevuru Games' Oksana Khachko has joined Kirill Tokarev on 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the studio's work, discuss some of their memorable projects, and thoroughly explain the nuances of collaboration with Lucasfilm while making Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge – a virtual reality adventure game originally released for the Oculus Que…
 
On today’s episode I have Freya Brightwater. Freya is a 3D Software Engineer at Anything World which is a plugin game dev can use to easily add 3D assets from their extensive Library to their games. In this episode we discuss the Freya’s journey into games, responsibilities of a 3D Software Engineer, and Anything World’s Game Jam. This is episode 5…
 
The Founder of PreviewLabs Bernard François has joined the 80 Level Round Table to discuss PreviewLabs, a company specialized in rapid prototyping with game technology, and explain how they turn game developers' visions into playable prototypes. Follow 80 LEVEL on social media: https://www.facebook.com/LevelEighty https://www.instagram.com/80.lv ht…
 
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