Tuesday Feb 15th 2022: BGI, Grads in Games and Into Games have announced the second annual Games Careers Week as a hybrid online / face-to-face festival celebrating games careers for diverse candidates between 17-26 June 2022.
5 universities, the National Videogame Museum, and ELAM will host regional hubs for schools, students, parents and job seekers from every background to explore games careers. Event organisers will identify which age groups their individual events are designed for but audiences will range from primary schools to school leavers, graduates and career changers.
The Universities of Bournemouth, Glasgow Caledonian, Wrexham Glyndwr, Teesside and Staffordshire will join the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield and ELAM to host face to face events such as career clinics, games industry panels, competitions and workshops.
The organisers are running an online Town Hall event at 4pm on Tuesday 8th March to share more information on the 2022 festival, give examples of inspirational online events from 2021 and share how venues and organisations can host events in their regions or stream their own events.
Like last year, the Festival will also run online with companies, educators and non-profits encouraged to run online events for people who can’t get to a hub. Events from Into Games, Grads in games, Ukie Education, Sumo Digital, Gamesindustry.biz, Electric Square, Creative Assembly, nDreams, Rare and many more will deliver a rich mix of face-to-face and online events.
Key themes and insight into games careers will include:
- Improving diversity and inclusion in videogames by showcasing the diverse talents, viewpoints and experiences in teams that make games
- Highlighting the need for greater access to education and advice on games careers to people from all backgrounds
- Tackling industry stereotypes and misconceptions
The event organisers are recruiting a very diverse range of spokespeople from the sector so that would-be games staff can see how people like themselves work in the industry. Contributing organisations are keen to show that games is a career option available to all, regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, neurodiversity, disability, faith or age.
A full schedule of the Festival’s events will be announced in Spring 2022 but a permanent information resource on games careers as well as all the educational schemes running in the sector can be found at https://gamescareersweek.org/.
Notes to Editors
For more information on Games Careers Week, contact @GamesCareerWeek.
You can find a selection of press assets and images for Games Careers Week here.
About Games Careers Week
Games Careers Week is a free celebration of games careers, with nationwide online events. Over 120 organisations joined 32 events in 2021 reaching nearly 40,000 young people, parents, learners, teachers, and job-seekers; to showcase the skills, pathways, and potential of games careers with the aim of increasing diversity in the sector. Games Careers week is a non-profit event funded and organised by The BGI, Grads in Games, and Into Games.