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Women in Games, Cat Collective Partner to Further Intersectional Opportunities in Esports

In an ongoing effort to support intersectional representation in esports, Women in Games is pleased to announce a partnership with the Cat Collective, a community-oriented organisation focused on inclusivity in gaming.

Women in Games will help further the Cat Collective’s visibility goals, provide counsel and advocacy, and drive support and engagement for it.

“The Cat Collective’s goals are to bring visibility to our international women and LGBTQ+ players, and to give them what they need to succeed, whether that is in-game coaching, or teaching them how to run teams or manage server-wide events,” explains Emma Brown, Women in Games Ambassador and Founder of the Cat Collective. “We have a diverse collection of expertise to share, from CV editing to graphic design; ensuring transmission of many skills keeps our community agile. The Cat Collective are especially excited to help Women in Games grow its esports footprint, so we can help more women and LGBTQ+ players find a welcoming environment for learning and forming lasting friendships.”

The Cat Collective hosts four female, non-binary, and mixed teams—The Jetpack Cats, Catana, Fighting Lion and Hel’s Kittens—who scrim and play in grassroots Overwatch tournaments. Each is international in scope and participates regularly in community-level events. It is also expanding its roster of games and recruiting additional teams, players, coaches and esports talent.

“Women in Games is keen to support women and minorities in making esports more diverse,” says Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games. “Low visibility for the few women already in the sector makes others believe that esports is not for them. We’d like to proactively help the industry cultivate more spaces where women and minorities can find their feet, and develop the skills necessary to compete in open tournaments, at the pro level if they desire. The Cat Collective has a proven ability to attract and grow talent sustainably; we welcome the chance to work with them.”

Women in Games is a non partisan, not-for-profit organisation founded in 2009, grown from grassroots to the leading global force on gender equality in the gaming business. It works to achieve full and lasting equity and parity throughout the gaming and esports industry pipelines and beyond. Its vision is of not only an industry, but a culture and community free of gender discrimination, where equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers girls and women from all backgrounds to achieve full potential.

Women in Games Ambassador Programme goes global with 36 countries now represented.

Women in Games is pleased to announce the appointment of a further 29 Ambassadors bringing the total to 267. The growth of the Ambassadors Programme nationally and internationally continues with 20 more joining the organisation. Now in 36 countries, we welcome our first Ambassadors from Russia, Olga Makushenko, and from Cyprus, Elena Loucaidou.

Women in Games is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation founded in 2009, grown from grassroots to be the leading global force on gender equality in the gaming business. It works to achieve full and lasting equity and parity throughout the gaming and esports industry pipelines and beyond. Its vision is of not only an industry but a culture and community free of gender discrimination, where equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers girls and women from all backgrounds to achieve full potential.

Ambassadors are grouped by geographical region and we welcome Christina Harper, Emma Brown and Richard Huggan from the North of the UK. Emma Park is joining us from the South of the UK. From London and the South East, we welcome Jonas Kontautas, Katharina Krumme and Lee Watson. From Scotland we have Alison Clark, Cecilia Jialin Zhang and Sarah Crawford joining.
From mainland Europe, we welcome Lory Cherpit from Switzerland, Daena Michell from Spain, Elena Loucaldou from Cyprus, Fatima Marcos from Portugal, Ozlen Arslan from Germany, Lisa Pendse from France, Marie Daniel and Linn-Marie Edlund from Sweden and Olga Makushenko from Russia.

From the North American region, we welcome Aiden Strawhun, Avani Jain, Cathy Montes, Christine Marten, Maria Tokatijan, Maya Rand and Maria Vasilchikova. In the Rest of the World region, we welcome Claudia Ciardi from Brazil, Maha Nawaz from Pakistan, Micaela Mantegna from Argentina and Susannah Emery from Australia.

“Women in Games is strategically focused on engaging with and supporting women from the UK and across the globe at this time of great uncertainty. There are many positive impacts that can be gained from networked communities, sharing challenges alongside best practice and inspiring others through professional exchanges. This is vital to the health and progression women in the games industry at all stages. And this is why our ambassadors, with their skill, knowledge and experience are so important. ” says Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games.

You can see the full list of Ambassadors including their location and job role, as well as how to apply if you are interested in joining our Ambassador team here

Antonia Gold from Sheridans joins Women in Games WIGJ Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce Antonia Gold has joined the Advisory Board for Women in Games WIGJ.

Antonia is a Games, Tech & Data lawyer at Sheridans, which offers one of Europe’s most well-established and respected Games practices. She advises on all aspects of commercial and data protection law and, in particular, specialises in helping games companies use their data in a legally compliant way – whether in respect of player data, online marketing, events or staff data. Antonia’s practice also focuses on privacy in the context of innovative technologies and adtech.

She stated, “I am thrilled to be part of Women in Games and am ready to roll up my sleeves and support it in its mission of achieving full and lasting equality for all women throughout the games industry”.

We are thrilled to have Antonia join us with her expertise and the full support of Sheridans.

Jagex joins Women in Games as our latest Corporate Ambassador

We are pleased to announce Jagex as our latest Corporate Ambassador and newest member of the Women in Games family. They have already made some great strides in creating a more equal games industry by helping form the UKIE diversity pledge as funding partners, organised a workshop with Girls’ Game Lab about teaching 8-12 year old girls to make their first game in an afternoon and have also started an internal support initiative, that will help answer any diversity related questions and also provide support.

Jagex has stated, “As company of passionate developers and producers of living games, we’re very proud to support Women in Games. At Jagex, we believe that higher levels of gender diversity in the organisation has a positive impact on our culture. The progressive strides we’re taking in engaging with young women studying STEM subjects to encourage career considerations in the video game industry, and empowering women within it, is vitally important to reflect the gender diversity and interests of our players”.

We look forward to working with them closely over the coming year and seeing what we can do!

Women in Games Ambassadors are now in 34 countries with 26 Ambassadors in North America

Ambassadors at 2019 Conference

Women in Games is pleased to announce the appointment of a further 11 Ambassadors bringing the total to 239. The growth of Ambassadors outside the UK continues with another 7 joining the organisation. The Vision of Women in Games is a games industry, culture and community free of gender discrimination, where full equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers all women to achieve their full potential. Our Ambassadors volunteer to organise a local meeting or event of their choosing in their studio, city or region in the first 12 months and are given some support to do this. 2 Ambassadors can work together to do this.

Ambassadors are grouped by geographical region and we welcome Emily Sheraton and Katie Memmott from the North of the UK. Wales is now the map with Bex Betton from Cardiff and she is grouped with our Ambassadors in the Midlands of the UK. From London and the South East, we welcome Eugenia Peruzzo.

From mainland Europe, we welcome Anita Szegedi from Hungary, Saskia van der Lindon – the first Ambassador in Ireland – and Sophia Yiasoumi from Germany. In a newly created North American region we welcome Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley and Nicola Smith from the USA. Women in Games now has 26 Ambassadors from North America with 17 from the USA and 9 from Canada.

In the Rest of the World region we welcome Ellen Monteiro from Brazil and Paula Sifredi from Argentina.

“I am pleased to see the Ambassador network continue to grow. We have received a number of messages from Women across the globe looking for advice and support in these unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to step up and advocate as Women in Games Ambassadors. Existing equality challenges are being compounded by new problems emerging from pandemic-related disruption to the games industry, its working contexts and conditions. As a result, the Ambassador events are needed now more than ever to support the community. I look forward to working with our ambassadors on virtual events across the world.”

You can see the full list of Ambassadors including their location and job role, as well as how to apply if you are interested in joining our Ambassador team on this page

Kwalee joins Women in Games WIGJ as a Corporate Ambassador


We are very pleased to announce Kwalee as our latest Corporate Ambassador. Jennifer Koch from their Talent Acquisition team is already one of our ambassadors and we are thrilled to welcome the rest of the Kwalee team into the Women in Games family.

Kwalee further stated on their blog “for us, the aim of becoming an ambassador is to truly inspire more women to consider a career in gaming and help the entire industry become a more equal place to be. We recently conducted a study that found that there is almost no difference whatsoever when it comes to how fun or enjoyable women view a job in gaming vs. men (58% of women think getting a job in gaming would be fun/enjoyable vs. 62% of men). However more than a third of women feel gaming is an industry they would find difficult to break into. Something obviously needs to change and we want to play a part in it!”

We look forward to working closer with Kwalee and helping bring about this change to the industry.

Women in Games appoint Lucy Rissik as Marketing Director and Elizabeth Sampat to Advisory Board

Lucy Rissik

Elizabeth Sampat

Women in Games is pleased to add Lucy Rissik to its Executive Board in the position of Marketing Director. Lucy is Director and Co-Founder of Brotherhood of Brand, a consumer-focused strategic marketing partnerships and promotions agency. Prior to setting up her own agency, she was Brand Partnerships Manager at Electronic Arts, managing reciprocal marketing partnerships across all video games titles globally, including Need for Speed, The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront. She also has significant experience in the charity sector as a former Corporate Partnerships Manager for Children in Need. Lucy takes immediate responsibility for PR, Marketing and Comms reporting through to CEO, Marie-Claire Isamaan.

WIGJ also welcomes Elizabeth Sampat to the Advisory Board. Elizabeth is Studio Creative Director at Future Games of London, a Ubisoft Studio. Elizabeth has a distinguished creative career designing and making games with Storm8, Mindspace and Popcap Games before working in Europe with Sybo Games in Copenhagen as Game Design department lead and now Ubisoft in London. She is a regular speaker at GDC and other conferences, conventions, organizations and universities in the USA and all over the world. She was a speaker on the very first #1ReasonToBe panel at GDC in 2013 that discussed the life and challenges as a woman in the gaming industry.

Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games, commented, “We welcome both Lucy and Elizabeth to the Women in Games team. As our organisation expands into 32 countries, it is now more important than ever that we communicate our messages clearly on the need for a games industry, culture and community free of gender discrimination and that we have the best advice from an international, representative Advisory Board.”

Women in Games appoints another 30 Ambassadors bringing total to 228 in 32 countries.

Ambassador event in Southampton, UK

Women in Games is pleased to announce the appointment of a further 30 Ambassadors bringing the total to 228. 13 of new Ambassadors are based in the UK and 17 are from outside the UK. The Vision of Women in Games is a games industry, culture and community free of gender discrimination, where full equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers all women to achieve their full potential. Our Ambassadors volunteer to organise a local meeting or event of their choosing in their studio, city or region in the first 12 months and are given some support to do this. 2 Ambassadors can work together to do this.

Ambassadors are grouped by geographical region and we welcome Luci Holland and Shannon Craig from Scotland. We welcome Molly Moore and Natalie Wicks from the North of the UK. We welcome Emily Bailey and Tara Naz from the Midlands. From London and the South East, we welcome Emma Ryan, Lucy Callow, Mina Machacek and Vanessa Mullarkey. From the South of the UK, we welcome Alice Nant, Charlie Coler and Riley Soley.

From mainland Europe, we welcome Agata Les, Dánae Forrellat, Estela Villa, Jennifer Estaris, Nikolay Syusko and Zsofia Varady-Pall.

Globally from outside of Europe we welcome Ameliane F. Chiasson, Amy Allison, Chloe Prince, Gynethia Sung, Inhye Choi, Jessica Medeiros, Lily Yu, Maia Cordero, Maite Lorente, Puspanegara Diva Siregar and Virginia Frazee.

Marie -Claire Isaaman, CEO, commented, “Women in Games is building a powerful community of action across the globe, our individual ambassadors are at the forefront of this movement and we have 30 more individuals from across the world joining us this month. Now more than ever, the advice, knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm shared by our ambassadors, across social media and in virtual meetups will be invaluable. We are living through extraordinary times, where supportive communities, will be vital for the health and success of the game industry and wider society. As CEO of Women in Games I am immensely grateful for the dedication of our amazing ambassadors. Thank you all!”

You can see the full list of Ambassadors including their location and job role, as well as how to apply if you are interested in joining our Ambassador team on this page.

Women in Games are still working hard to promote and support equality, even in this uncertain time.

CEO Marie-Claire IsaamanOur hearts are with those who have been affected personally by the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as the many communities around the world that are facing extreme measures in the attempt to slow its spread. There has been an unprecedented change in the way businesses operate, and the games industry is no exception.

Here at Women in Games, we are still working hard to promote and support equality, even in this uncertain time. We are still planning our annual conference for the Autumn and want to formally announce the dates as 10th and 11th September 2020. The conference theme this year is Work, Rest and Play: Exploring the roles, viewpoints and lives of women across all areas of the industry. We will adapt to a large virtual element and, depending on the future climate, a real life meet too.

For all those who have lost their jobs as a result of recent events, we would urge you to maintain a positive outlook, as roles are available and telephone/video interviews are still going ahead. To that end we would invite all our members to stay connected across our social media channels for posting and sharing any current vacancies.

Finally we ask you all to stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones as a priority.

CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman

200 WIGJ Ambassadors now in 32 different countries including Portugal, Colombia, Brazil and Panama

Ambassador led meetup in Colombia.

Women in Games is pleased to announce the appointment of a further 36 Ambassadors bringing the total to 200. New Ambassadors in Portugal, Colombia, Brazil and Panama mean that the Women in Games organisation is now represented in 32 different countries. 22 of new Ambassadors are based in the UK and 14 are from outside the UK. The Vision of Women in Games is a games industry, culture and community free of gender discrimination, where full equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers all women to achieve their full potential.

Our Ambassadors volunteer to organise a local meeting or event of their choosing in their studio, city or region in the first 12 months and are given some support to do this. 2 Ambassadors can work together to do this.

Ambassadors are now shown by geographical region and we welcome, Alexis Evans from Scotland. We welcome Fiona Lee, Kristan Emery-Hines, Meg Rouncefield and Sarah Marsden from the North of the UK. We welcome Jennifer Koch, Kim Guest and Rebekah Simpson from the Midlands. From London and the South East, we welcome Elliot Walker, Jing Chun Tan, Joe Hills, Magdelena Tasic, Matthew Woods, Michaela Knights, Poppy Ingham, Roxy Francis, Samantha Leung, Sara Cristina Machado and Sophia Whyte. From the South of the UK, we welcome Jules Morgan, Johana Riquier and Sophie Benefer.

From mainland Europe, we welcome Anette Staloy, Igone Martinez Marin, Lucienne van Bokhorst, Mafalda Claro (from Portugal), Riley Andersen and Rosemary Lokhurst.

Globally from outside of Europe we welcome Christina Seal, Kate Howley, Leanne Loombe, Nadia Trigo, Poornima Seetharaman, Renata Rapyo (from Brazil), Rita Rios (from Panama) and Sandra Castro Pinzón ( from Colombia)

Gemma Johnson-Brown, Ambassador Director commented, “I am extremely proud of all our Ambassadors and the global reach of Women in Games. We are having a positive impact and the feedback we receive from events held by our Ambassadors is testament to this. In the past year the number of Ambassadors has increased by 160%. Our Ambassadors have a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds and we have the makings of an worldwide industry-changing movement.

You can see the full list of Ambassadors including their location and job role, as well as how to apply if you are interested in joining our Ambassador team on this page.