Just in time for Women’s History Month, Facebook has launched an official effort to encourage more women to get involved in the games industry, and they’re sponsoring a conference in London this fall as part of that initiative.
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The Women in Gaming Initiative kicked off February 28 with the #SheTalksGames hashtag, which Facebook has used to collect 20 stories from women in the games industry. They include women from across the spectrum of games industry careers, including Andrea Rene, co-founder of What’s Good Games, and Rovio’s head of HR Marjo Kuosmanen. Their goal is to publish 100 video interviews by the end of the month.
Facebook is also going to be the headline sponsor for the European Women in Games 2018 Conference, scheduled for September 11-12 at City University in London. The conference, organized by the non-profit Women in Games WIGJ, will host more than 40 speakers and feature panel discussions with women across the games industry.