We’re looking forward to sunshine (hopefully), sea and great industry networking at this July’s Develop:Brighton conference.

Always a must-attend event in the industry calendar, Develop:Brighton has also demonstrated its support of women and our own organisation and community. We’re delighted to be a Media Partner, we’re proud to host our Fizz & Cake networking afternoon during the event especially celebratory this year as it is the 20 Year Anniversary of Women in Games  (more details on that to come later this month), and we welcome organiser Tandem Events’ creche initiative which provides good support to those with parenting responsibilities.

This year, we’re also pleased to be hosting a roundtable session, which will focus on one of our key themes for the year – that of encouraging more men to become allies.

The roundtable takes place on Tuesday July 11th at 5pm and is free to attend for anyone who registers for Develop:Brighton. Our CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman will be hosting the roundtable, along with guests. Here’s what you can expect from the session:

Men As Allies: Open Your Eyes & Become an Agent of Change
The games industry thrives on creativity, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Yet, women continue to face significant roadblocks: from subtle microaggressions and unconscious biases to blatant harassment and abuse. These challenges create a hostile environment, hinder career progression, and ultimately, hold the industry back from reaching its full potential.

And nothing is changing despite the efforts of Women in Games and our partners and supporters. Men must play a pivotal role in dismantling these barriers and fostering a truly inclusive and equitable gaming landscape.

This roundtable event, to open the eyes of men working in the industry to the huge challenges and obstacles facing women, and to equip them with the tools and understanding they need to become effective allies, driving positive change within the industry.

This roundtable isn’t about raising awareness; it’s about encouraging and empowering men to take action. We’ll provide attendees with knowledge, practical tools and resources to implement the learnings of the session into their daily lives, both professionally and personally.

Session Takeaways

  • Speak Up, Not Over: True allyship prioritises amplifying women’s voices while offering unwavering support.
  • Become an Advocate: Take initiative to educate yourself and others about the challenges women face within the games industry.
  • Challenge the Status Quo: Identify and challenge ‘masculine’ norms that contribute to a culture of bias and exclusion.
  • Action is Paramount: Allyship goes beyond words – translate your learnings into tangible actions that create lasting change.

If you’ve not yet registered for Develop:Brighton, click here to do so –

If you would like to attend the full conference programme, you will need to buy a ticket. You can get a 10% discount by using the code WMJHRF here – The Early Bird rate ends on June 5th, so act swiftly.

We’ll see you there!

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