Blitz backs 'Ladies that Crunch' Women in Games event

Blitz backs 'Ladies that Crunch' Women in Games event
Michael French

By Michael French

May 28th 2008 at 1:58PM

Studio sponsors September event at Warwick University

Blitz Games Studios has chosen to sponsor this year's Women in Games conference.

Taking place from September 10th to 12th at the university of Warwick, the UK conference includes a dinner for all attendees on the night of September 11th at Warwick Castle.

Jane Sinclair, an organiser of Women in Games and associate professor at the university of Warwick added, “We’re delighted to have the support of Blitz as one of our key sponsors. Women In Games continues to grow as a thought provoking and educational event for both the games industry and academia – we hope to announce an especially strong line up for this year very soon.”

The Women In Games conference encourages research and seeks to promote careers for women within the games industry. In 2008 the conference theme is encouraging more women into games development.

Blitz employs a workforce that is 12 per cent female.

Kim Blake, education liaison manager for Blitz commented: “We’re proud to be one of the trail-blazing developers working closely with academia to promote the industry to a wider range of potential recruits. Teaming up with Women in Games is one of a number of initiatives that we have planned for this year and one that we feel particularly strongly about. While we have a relatively high number of women at Blitz we are looking to increase that figure for ourselves and the industry as a whole."

UK studio Rare is co-organiser event, with the studios's senior software engineer Nicola Bhalerao leading the team there which supports the conference.

And don't worry - men are welcome too. Says the announcement of the event: "Men are welcome too! Although this conference is concerned with women and games please note that men are also very welcome to attend. The industry needs a meaningful dialogue between the sexes as it moves forward."

More info can be found here.