Game Careers, a leading news site powered by Interactive Selection, recently interviewed a group of high-profile game professionals at GDC in San Francisco. Titled “Thought Leaders,” interviews from the new video series are scheduled to air each week from May 1 to July 31, highlighting the career path of a top game pro.
Game Career’s “Thought Leaders” series features interviews with recognizable game talent from around the globe, including Wright Bagwell, director of design for Zynga; Alex Hutchinson, creative director at Ubisoft; Robin Hunicke, founder of Funonema and designer/producer behind award-winning game, “Journey;” Chris Mielke, producer at Epic Games; Steve Meretsky, VP of game design at Playdom; Seth Sivak, CEO at Proletariat; and Kate Edwards, executive director of IGDA, amongst others.
This week’s interview subject is Richard Rouse, senior game designer at Microsoft Game Studios. Rouse was previously narrative director on the Rainbow 6 franchise at Ubisoft Montreal, director of game design at Midway, and studio creative director at Surreal Software. Check it out online now! www.gamecareers.biz
Posted By: David Smith | May 1st, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Doing games biz in Germany this week? Interactive Selection’s CEO David Smith will be speaking on gender diversity at the Quo Vadis games conference in Berlin on Thursday , April 25. David will share insight on how to recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry. Other featured speakers at this year’s conference include Richard Garriott, aka Lord British and founder of Portalarium, Ed Fries with Microsoft Game Studios and Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software, amongst others.
Game Portfolio & Interview Round-up is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at Becker College in Worcester, MA. Students from all over Massachusetts are joining working professionals in the games industry for a special day of portfolio reviews and mock interviews. Game designers and game artists from various MA-based game studios will review portfolios, provide advice and conduct mock interviews with students. Review team includes game pros with current and prior game credits at Turbine, EA, Sony Online, Proletariat, Disruptor Beam, Fire Hose Games, Deejoban Games, Zynga Boston, Stomp Games, Giant Spacekat, Hitpoint Studios and Creat Studios. More info at: http://www.massdigi.org/events/game-portfolio-reviewmock-interview-round-up-april-1
Posted By: David Smith | April 15th, 2013 | Category: Game Career Advice | Comments are closed
Interactive Selection is now posting news and jobs updates on a page on Facebook. To receive these updates in your Facebook timeline, you need to click that you “like us”. We already have feeds through the Linked In and Twitter but we don’t want Facebookers to miss out if this is how you to choose to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of global games recruitment and jobs. Try liking us today for the very best of news aimed at the busy Facebook audience. You can see all the current postings at http://www.facebook.com/Interactive.Selection
Will you be at Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this year? It is not long now. Can Game Careers interview you in San Francisco for this leading career site? Join the likes of David Helgasson (CEO, Unity), Dan Pinchbeck (Creative Director, thechineseroom), Dave Ranyard (Studio Director, SCEE), Nils Holger-Henning (CCO, Bigpoint), Ana Kronschnabl (CEO, Fluffylogic), James Brooksby (CEO, doublesix), and 100 other senior game pros over the last 3 years who have already spoken about their career and how to get a job either at their companies or in the industry generally.
GameCareers.BIZ is a popular news site that has 30,000 visitors a month looking for information about careers in the games industry. The interview is on camera and should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. This is PR opportunity and a chance to give back to those that have still to join our industry in the future. Please say that you are available for an interview? Contact David Smith or Fiona Cherbak from Interactive Selection if you are interested. We have a conference room at the Hotel Bijou, about 4 blocks from the Moscone.
Posted By: David Smith | March 19th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
The 6th edition of the Games Industry Support (GIS) Day is officially on at Game Connection America in San Francisco on Tuesday March 26th ! It will be a 2-hours meeting reserved for associations and association members only. By banding together all related organizations in the industry, the GIS board will provide useful resources and information to better articulate, discuss and confront issues inside the interactive entertainment community.
Among the subjects to discuss at this meeting are next-gen consoles, tax breaks (UK coming up), gender equality, academic research collaboration and fraud. David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection and Founder of Women in Games Jobs will be leading a discussion on gender equality in the games industry, a hot topic of debate. Other panellists include Per Strömbäck, Managing Director at Spelplan (Association of Swedish Game Developers), Ian Kelso, President & CEO Interactive Ontario and Mikko Kähärä, Head of ICT Growth Services at Cursor Oy.
Interactive Selection will be joining a select group of UK game industry pioneers at the UK@GDC 2013: Showcase & Lunch on 25 March at Game Developer Conference in San Francisco , the world’s largest and longest running professionals-only game industry event. UK Trade and Investment invited the most promising UK exporters as participants to showcase their business to key decision makers from leading game Portals, Publishers, Distributors, Investors and Media, with the purpose of exploring market opportunities and crafting strategic relationships.
Interactive Selection is the world class executive search and recruitment specialist working only in games and interactive entertainment. Interactive Selection works with over 200 clients including Sony, UbiSoft, Activision, NCSoft, Disney, Epic, Codemasters, Eidos, 2K Games, Rockstar, Digital Chocolate, NaturalMotion, Gameloft, Havok, Rebellion, Blitz Games, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros, Rovio, CCP, and Unity 3D. Interactive Selection does not advertise its jobs in the trade press. Both clients and job seekers are attracted to the company by reputation and word of mouth.
Interactive Selection was short-listed for the prestigious TIGA Awards in 2012. The TIGA awards celebrate and honour the best games, the best people and the biggest contributors to the games sector. They highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation
In January 2013 Interactive Selection announced the opening of their new U.S. division, headed by senior game staffing professional, Fiona Cherbak. Cherbak will support the talent acquisition needs of current Interactive Selection clients, while identifying and driving new business and strategic partner relationships in the U.S. and Canada. She will provide career development opportunities for job candidates in the North American market, as well as in foreign territories. David Smith, managing director of Interactive Selection, states, “We already represent a global marketplace in the games space, but recognize the need to better support our existing clients by reaching out to a deeper community of qualified job candidates in North America. By establishing an on-the-ground presence there, we have access to a broad swath of both candidates and clients. And there was no question that Fiona Cherbak was the right person to put this objective in place for our firm. We are looking forward to having a bigger presence across the U.S. and Canada”
Interactive Selection, the game industry’s first and only global game recruitment firm, today announced the opening of their new U.S. division, headed by senior game staffing professional, Fiona Cherbak. Cherbak will be serving as Director of U.S. Operations for the agency.
Cherbak will support the talent acquisition needs of current Interactive Selection clients, while identifying and driving new business and strategic partner relationships in the U.S. and Canada. She will provide career development opportunities for job candidates in the North American market, as well as in foreign territories.
David Smith, managing director of Interactive Selection, states, “We already represent a global marketplace in the games space, but recognize the need to better support our existing clients by reaching out to a deeper community of qualified job candidates in North America. By establishing an on-the-ground presence there, we have access to a broad swath of both candidates and clients. And there was no question that Fiona Cherbak was the right person to put this objective in place for our firm. We are looking forward to having a bigger presence across the U.S. and Canada.”
Cherbak has worked in the games industry as a staffing professional for over 10 years, and previously as senior international recruiter for Disney Feature Animation. She has developed and implemented candidate strategies and recruiting campaigns for a broad cross-section of top game clients such as Activision, Disney, Electronic Arts, LucasArts, NCsoft, Sony and THQ. Cherbak has been a regular speaker at GDC’s Game Career Seminar series around the U.S., plus a five-year advisory board member and speaker at SXSW Screenburn/SXSW Interactive.
Cherbak is currently co-producer of Boston Festival of Indie Games, and has provided production and publicity support to indie game events IndieCade and Fantastic Arcade. She is former chairperson for IGDA Women in Games SIG, and a former committee chair for Women in Games International. She was previously Senior Staffing Specialist for Irrational Games and Senior Talent Acquisition Manager for Tencent Boston.
Based on a 16-year history serving over 200 clients around the world, Interactive Selection is a market-leading global search and recruitment company in games and interactive entertainment. Based in London , and offering a network of offices to support the hiring needs of their diverse clientele, Interactive Selection develops and maintains a vast community of qualified candidates through its extensive online presence, including social media, news groups, bulletin boards and trade events.
We are pleased to announce that we will shortly be better positioned to find you North American staff as we open a representative US office in January. 2012 saw recovery continuing in the games recruiting market with activity levels 27% up on 2011. We helped clients find staff in 22 different countries – a truly “world class,” global operation.
If you or your HR/ recruiting team have not been in contact with us in recent months, please let us know about any critical roles that you need help with. We expect to be working on the most challenging assignments.
Interactive Selection is also expanding its recruiting team in 2013. If you know any games industry recruiters that would welcome the chance to work on the global stage, please contact us.
It takes 6-10 years to wait for an American “Green Card”. In the meantime, sponsoring games and other companies can apply for a H1B visa in behalf of foreign nationals wanting to make games in the USA. However, insurmountable problems now exist as only 65000 visas are issued each year compared to a US labour force of 154 million. You can catch up on the problems facing the Obama administration in this interview with Stuart Anderson on H1B Visas on C-Span Washington Journal. The career advice from Interactive Selection is to look at other locations like Canada as you simply will not get a US games company to put in for a H1B visa in the current climate. Talk to your Interactive Selection consultant to get all the advice.