Our Women in Games Associate organisation Women in Games Italia and Event Horizon School have announced the speaker line-up for the first Women Create Games Forum. The event will take place on September 13th at Event Horizon School’s Milan campus and broadcast on Event Horizon School’s YouTube channel.

This day-long educational event offers a comprehensive look into the intricate world of game development, through the lens of professional women in the industry, with a special focus on STEM disciplines.

The Forum is an opportunity for industry leaders from creative and technical fields to share their career stories and insights into game development best practices to inspire the next generation of talent.

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on a wide range of topics, including the multifaceted role of game producers, the art of lighting as a storytelling tool, the nuances of game design and its impact on player experience, the importance of cross-team collaboration in development, the global perspective of environment artistry, and the crucial role of UI/UX in player engagement.

Speakers include:

Alessandra Tomasina, Senior Producer, Nacon Studio Milan: Transitioned from game critic to overseeing entire production pipelines, offering an insider’s view on coordinating complex game launches.

Arianna Fusetti, Lighting Artist, Frontier Developments: Took a winding road through 2D motion graphics before finding her passion in world illumination for AAA titles.

Carola Pettinato, Associate Game Designer, Criterion Games: Pivoted from studying modern literature to landing a coveted internship at EA, now shaping the latest Battlefield experiences.

Lisa Gobbi, Senior Environment Artist, Avalanche Studios: Merged economics expertise with environment artistry, creating worlds for major studios across Italy and the UK.

Maria Elena Silletti, Lead UI, Nacon Studio Milan: Dedicated to elevating user interface experiences in Italian games, turning childhood passion into UI mastery.

Irene Filoscia, GFX/UI Programmer, Milestone Srl: Transitioned from pure mathematics to game development, highlighting the importance of cross-team synergy and programmers’ role in unifying development processes.

Fiona Cherbak, Lead Talent Program Manager and head of inclusive hiring programs at Xbox Game Studios, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Fiona brings a wealth of experience in promoting diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry. The event will also be co-hosted by Micaela Romanini, Founder of Women in Games Italia and Consultant in DEI, Sustainability, and Communication, alongside Fabio Cristi, Project Manager at Event Horizon School.

Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games, said: “We are delighted to be partnering and supporting the Women Create Forum, proudly standing alongside our Associate Women in Games Italia and Event Horizon School to celebrate and champion the work of women across Europe. Events like this are so important – providing a safe and supportive environment for women to come together and inspire each other. We look forward to taking part this September.”

The Women Create Games Forum is open to students, professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about the contributions of women in the gaming industry.

To find out more and to register, click here – https://www.eventhorizonschool.com/women-create-games-milan-september-13/