The Womenize! team works hard every time to invite inspiring and motivating women from all over the world. Today, we have three incredible Womenize! Games and Tech speakers whom we would like to introduce and a glimspe into the topics they’ll discuss at the conference.
Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico entered esports as a competitive gamer in 2006 and made the pivot to on-camera presenting in 2008. She has emceed tournaments and international championships for Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Overwatch and more. Rachel regularly hosts Twitch’s official event coverage at E3, PAX and Comic-Con.
Topic: A Personal Journey through more than a Decade in Esports
Carolin Wendt started working in the games industry in 2015. For four years, she has been responsible for the submission process as part of the award committee of the DCP. She recently joined CD PROJEKT RED as community manager for German-speaking regions where she is planning communicative strategies spanning all franchises.
Topic: Building bridges & putting out fires: Community management in games
Rae Grimm studied Fotodesign but decided to swap pictures for words and write about video games fulltime in 2011. Since 2016 she’s Head of GamePro.de, Germany’s leading website specialized on console gaming. That includes much less writing and a lot more managing, including leading a small team across different locations.
Topic: How to lead a team in the gaming industry and stay (mostly) sane
There is a lot is happening on the QUO VADIS front at the moment. That’s why we have a big program update for you. Uke Bosse and Nina Franoszek having a fireside chat about motion capture will be one of our highlights.
CREATING A VILLAIN
Remember this crazy bitch from Wolfenstein? Irene Engel, the main antagonist of Wolfenstein II was a brilliant character brought to life in the motion capture studio by award-winning actress Nina Franoszek. At QUO VADIS 2019, Uke Bosse will host a fireside chat with Nina who will first talk about how she overcame her prejudices and thus became enthusiastic about video games. Furthermore she will give you insights into the intensive production and performance for a multi-layered character like Irene Engel.
“I’ve done a lot of research to understand my own past and been to Auschwitz and all that, but as an actor what really convinced me was the script. The script to me was very similar to Inglourious Basterds and I was given the opportunity to play sort of the Cristoph Waltz character as a female with a boytoy.”Nina Franoszek, The Hollywood Reporter
THIS FIRESIDE CHAT WILL BE PRESENTED BY:
Uke Bosse is a professor for game design at Mediadesign Hochschulein Berlin and a media producer, director and writer, who has worked on TV programs such as “MTV Game One” and “Reload”. He is also an actor and comedian. But the most important thing you need to know about him is that he’s actually a unicorn. His devotion for video games stems from his past, when the other unicorns wouldn’t let him join in “Catch the bagel on the green meadow” and other silly unicorn games. He luckily shrugged his unicorn shoulders and instead devoted himself to games that are not silly at all: video games.
Nina Franoszek performed in over 100 feature films and television shows, including Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” and the Emmy Award winning TV show “Mad Men”. She also co-starred with celebrities like Tilda Swinton and Donald Sutherland. Her awards include a Grimme Prize for best leading actress and a German Screen Actors Award for best Ensemble in the TV series “Weissensee Saga II” in 2014. Since her performance in Wolfenstein, for which she was nominated for the BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award in 2017, she is also a passionate motion capture performer.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THEM BOTH AT QUO VADIS 2019!
Since the very beginnings of gamesweekberlin, QUO VADIS has always been featured as a core event of the week, along with A MAZE. / Berlin, Gamefest and the Matchmaking Dinner. As the QUO VADIS – game development & business conference is a significant part of gamesweekberlin, we’re especially proud to announce that we (Booster Space, founders of gamesweekberlin) are the new organizers behind it! We are excited to take over from Aruba Events and Computec Media to continue developing QUO VADIS as a cutting-edge experience for developers and professional delegates of the games industry, as well as being able to develop new ideas, perspectives and plans for future operations.
What does that mean?
The gamesweekberlin and you as partners and attendees will increasingly benefit from the synergies in this new structure. Most of the week’s central events (Womenize!, Gamefest and QUO VADIS) will be organized by the same team at one location. It will also lead to an even greater efficiency in the collaboration with partner events like A MAZE. / Berlin and the Matchmaking Dinner. Underlined by the new 7-days gamesweekberlin Experience ticket.
What is going to change?
QUO VADIS will be gradually modified as part of the consolidation process: forward-looking trends in the sector will basically remain the most important components of this event. In order to make the participants’ experience in Berlin even more profitable, the topics will be offered in compact modules to specific target groups.
The thematic focuses in 2019 will center on mobile games development, monetisation and publishing, community management and live operations as well as on production financing and distribution. Further topics are to be identified in tandem with the developer community. Well established formats of QUO VADIS such as the business networking system of MeetToMatch and the exhibition will carry on the tradition.
We want you to know that we at Booster Space are aware of the responsibility we have for QUO VADIS. We are looking forward to growing it together with you! Feel free to share your ideas and wishes any time.
MEET THE TEAM:
If there is one thing Berlin is famous for…
1. #gamesweekberlin 2018 is here and our partner King wants to take the opportunity to mingle with all of you game lovers while everybody is in the same spot! Welcome to join the King team & friends for some beers and good music. Please share with a friend who’s as crazy about games as you are and we’re pretty sure we’ll have a great evening!
When: Tuesday, April 24, starting at 8pm
Where: Raumklang Bar, Libauer Straße 1, 10245 Berlin
2. Berlin is getting it’s own IGDA Chapter!
As the new Chapter Leader, TreasureHunt is throwing a big party to celebrate in partnership with #gamesweekberlin. This is also the official After-Party for Womenize! conference. Entry, food and drinks are free. Yes, free. Also you can win cool prizes. If you’re on our VIP list show up sooner than later. We can’t guarantee entry later on as we expect this event to fill up pretty fast!
When: Wednesday, April 25, starting at 8pm
Where: Säälchen, Holzmarkt 25, 10243 Berlin
Did you know there are several options to showcase your game in the different events of #gamesweekberlin? Each event has a specific profile and target group, fostering optimized outreach.
The Quo Vadis conference established itself as one of the leading European game development conferences (B2B). It offers a unique indie area allowing for first hand contacts to video game professionals. As of Europes most prominent business hot spots for gaming professionals, you’re able to meet with game scouters, creative minds and leaders of the gaming industry and lay the foundation for your success.
For more artistic and cultural environments, the A MAZE. / Berlin festival is the place for you: A MAZE. is an unique and cultural international platform for games and playful media that invites professionals and creatives from various fields (B2B) to exchange their knowledge and visions, presenting their projects to a large B2C audience, playing, making contacts to collaborate on future projects.
You want to get in touch with gamers and families? Opt for the Gamefest! The two-day-event has become an instance in Berlin’s gaming culture and offers a versatile lineup, special guests and unique gaming opportunities. Showcase your game at Gamefest, become part of our colorful setup and promote your game efficiently to your B2C audience by connecting with your target audience directly on site!
So, what are you waiting for? Show your game at gamesweekberlin! Discover all package deals: http://www.gamesweekberlin.com/exhibition
Unreal Fest Europe is coming to #gamesweekberlin. You haven’t heard about Unreal Fest Europe before? That’s because it’s a new conference, created by Epic Games and dedicated to developers who work with the Unreal Engine – or are about to. Tickets are incredibly accessible and cover a whole range of treats, like hotel, catering, parties and more.
At Unreal Fest Europe, you are about to attend talks from brilliant individuals like development legend Tim Sweeney, who founded Epic Games and developed the Unreal Engine. Then there is Mat Stoneham, Principal Technical Artist at Ninja Theory. He created the awesome looking heroine Senua for “Hellblade”, one of the best and most atmospheric action RPGs ever. Matt will talk about making an independent AAA game with the Unreal Engine. And Andy Bastable, Principal Coder at Rare, who works for the upcoming multiplayer pirate adventure “Sea of Thieves” (Arrrgh, we are really looking forward to this) as AI lead. Check out line-up
Being an official partner of #gamesweekberlin, the first Unreal Fest Europe is located at Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz in the very center of the German capital. It’s a hotel that offers state-of-the-art conference facilities and will also be the venue for our two parties on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Check out location
The Super Early Bird Tickets are available for 300 Euros until March 31, 2018. The package includes a conference pass, three nights accommodation in the conferencehotel, breakfast, lunch, refreshments throughout the day, party invitations for Tuesday and Thursday and Epic swag. If you live in Berlin, you can also just purchase a conference ticket and enjoy the comfort of your own bed. Get your tickets
Call for Speakers
By the way, the Unreal Fest Europe is still looking for speakers until April 1, 2018. Get in touch with them.
With games, playful installations, talks, workshops, VR and music, another colourful A MAZE. / Berlin program awaits you. This year with an extra conference day and an extended exhibition until Sunday.
The A MAZE. / Berlin team is going for more transparency than ever. Meaning: You can see their work in progress schedule grow online: https://amazeberlin2018.sched.com/
OUR PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Sarah and Colin Northway. Indie game developers since 2007, well known for making games while traveling the world. Among their games: Fantastic Contraption VR, the one-button arcade game Deep Under the Sky and Incredipede. Sarah is the creator of the Rebuild strategy series. Colin is now working in VR on the Museum of Other Realities (http://northwaygames.com).
Meg Jayanth. Award winning writer (IGF Narrative winner, nominated for four BAFTAs – including Best Story – & TIME’s Game of 2014) and former BBC producer. She contributed to Horizon Zero Dawn, Sunless Sea + Sunless Skies (http://megjayanth.com/).
Robert Yang. Game developer of popular games about gay culture and intimacy – he is most known for his historical bathroom sex simulator The Tearoom and his male shower simulator Rinse and Repeat, and his gay sex triptych Radiator 2 has over 150,000 users on Steam (https://radiatoryang.itch.io/)
We’re looking forward. See you there!