The Game Initiative, an Austin, Texas-based producer of conferences and events for professionals in the video game industry, has named Suzanne Freyjadis-Chuberka the new conference director for the Women’s Game Conference (WGC), taking place Oct. 26-27 in Austin. The organization has also set July 15 as the deadline for speaker panel participation proposals.
Freyjadis-Chuberka holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a focus on women and video games, from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an accomplished researcher and presenter in the fields of gender issues, gaming and girls’ youth culture, and has been researching various aspects of the female gamer market for the past three years.
WGC focuses on women in the video game industry, gender-inclusive game design and women and girls as consumers of interactive entertainment. The 2005 conference sessions include: Quality of Life Issues, Recruiting and Retention of Women in the Game Industry, Team Building, Design of Female Avatars in MMOGs, Women and the Casual Games Market, Marketing to Women and Research on Women and Video Games. Qualified industry professionals interested in speaking on a panel should visit www.WomensGameConference.com and contact Freyjadis-Chuberka.
Other Game Initiative events include the Austin Game Conference, the Mobile Game Conference, The Advertising In Games Forum, The Casual Games Conference, Game Technology Association Meetings and the How to Break into the Game Industry national conference series. More information about the organization can be found at www.GameConferences.com.