June 8th 2021: The organisers of the inaugural Games Careers Week festival – the BGI, Into Games and Grads in Games – announced that 120 games studios, universities, non-profits, schools and grassroots organisations ran or supported 32 online events including conferences, talks and advice sessions.
37,000 parents, learners, teachers and job-seekers attended the online sessions. The festival had over 2.5m engagements on social media and over 50 publications, radio stations and sites with aggregate monthly audiences of over 75m covered the event.
The Games Careers Week festival is a free annual event to inspire people from every background to discover careers in the UK’s fastest growing creative industry – video games. Founded in December 2020 and launched in March 2021, the festival provides careers advice to people from all backgrounds, showcases the many inspirational schemes offered by the games sector year round and highlights key issues of education and diversity.
Games companies, educators and parents are invited to help shape GCW 2022 by attending a town hall event at 4pm on 8th July to:
- Highlight successes from this year’s inaugural event
- Get organisers ready to take part
- Provide more information on how to get involved in 2022
- Help spark ideas for what organisers might do during the week
- Connect organisers to others looking to take part
- Give organisers, educators and parents a say in how it runs
Notes to Editors
If you would like to interview BGI staff, please contact Conor Clarke on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the BGI
The BGI is a national voice for videogame culture, heritage and education which engages the public and empowers all people, especially those from under-represented groups, to play, connect and learn through our National Videogame Museum, our collection, our festivals (such as GameCity), and our educational and vocational programmes including Games Education Summit and Games Careers Week, in collaboration with partners. For more details about the BGI’s mission and programmes, please visit: http://www.thebgi.uk/
About the National Videogame Museum
The NVM is run by the BGI, a registered charity number 1183530 that educates the public about the art, science, history and technology of videogames. The NVM celebrates videogame culture and allows the public to play most of its exhibits, which include nearly 100 games consoles, arcade machines and other interactive experiences, including games designed exclusively for the Museum. The Museum holds one of the UK’s largest collections of nearly 5,000 videogame objects, and nearly 100 exhibitions, including arcade machines, technology, game memorabilia and ephemera. Formerly the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, the Museum has welcomed over 160,000 visitors, including hundreds of school visits, since it opened in 2016. The Museum presents a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions, some of which tour the UK. For more details about the NVM, please visit: http://www.thenvm.org. A press pack including images and video of the NVM is available here.