As a Corporate Ambassador, Virtuos was pleased to see the return of the Women in Games (WIG) Festival this year! We were also honored to have been the headline sponsor of its Satellite Events, a series of activities hosted by communities worldwide in line with our CSR commitments to diversity, education, and the environment.

We kicked things off with “Tea Talks” – a hybrid networking event in Dublin hosted by Black Shamrock – a Virtuos Studio, which brought over 70 aspiring game creators and industry professionals together.

Black Shamrock hosted a hybrid Satellite Event in celebration of the Women in Games Festival

We thank our attendees for their active participation in our series of activities including networking over brunch and board games, as well as CV and portfolio reviews. Our producer, Pauline Grimault, also took to the floor leading an open discussion with four speakers:

  • Ariana Jez, Senior Producer at Black Shamrock
  • Daniella Rolf, Junior Animator at Black Shamrock
  • Catherine Koshkina, Junior Game Designer at Black Shamrock
  • Treasa McCabe, Technical Lead at Spooky Doorway

Our speakers offered advice and shared their personal journeys of stepping foot into the industry, and how they found their calling in their respective areas of expertise. Treasa also shared how she balances family time while working on her passion. Our attendees enjoyed the session immensely; they were inspired by the diversity of our speakers’ backgrounds, and related a lot to their experiences.

“Being the headline sponsor of Satellite Events allowed us to demonstrate our support for communities worldwide, and to uplift more women to achieve their full potential through networking and building valuable connections,” shared Milena Gerber, Senior Recruiter at Black Shamrock.

The event was also a lead-up to the WIG Careers Expo, aimed at connecting female talent directly with companies and facilitating the sharing of insights into careers within the games industry. Corinne Legentil, our HR Director for Europe, gave useful advice to attendees who were looking to explore mobility options and accelerate their careers.

Corinne giving a virtual talk on career development and mobility

“At Virtuos, we share Women in Games’ belief in the importance of having more diversity and perspectives – which leads to the creation of bigger, better games,” said Corinne, adding that she was happy to share insights that can help empower women to advance their careers, and foster the next generation of women game changers.

Congratulations to WIG for another successful festival! We look forward to supporting more practical steps towards progressing gender equality and making it a lasting reality, starting with our games and creative endeavors.