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2017 MCV Pacific: The Game Changers

A stylised letter "W" patterned with the Australian flag. Image Text reads "MCV Pacific Women in Games"

 

The MCV Women In Games list has returned for its third year, this time featuring 30 hard-working professionals in the Australian and New Zealand games industry. Five local women (and one honorary West Australian) have been included this year, two of which were also finalists in the Women in Games Awards! Highlighting women such as these, MCV is working to inspire the next generation of games makers, and acknowledge the continued contribution of women in this field.

So congratulations to the following devs…

(and thank you for all your work making and supporting games!)

 

A photograph of 5 WA women featured on the list. Vee Pendergrast, Sofie Mather, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Susannah Emery, and Michelle Sandford. Elsewhere: Jess Watson

Pictured: Vee Pendergrast, Sofie Mather, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Susannah Emery, and Michelle Sandford. Elsewhere: Jess Watson

 

VEE PENDERGRAST

Co-founder of Stirfire Studios

Photograph of Vee PendergrastVee founded Stirfire Studios as a side business in 2010. After working at Brightstar from 2010 through September last year, Vee landed seed capital for Stirfire in June 2016 and since then has raised over $520,000 to grow the company, giving her the opportunity to work at the Studio full time.

Further growth is already on the horizon as Vee told us, “I am in the final stages of completing an ASX/ASIC compliant prospectus and we will be submitting this in the next few weeks. If all goes according to plan, we will be the second game company to list on the ASX (that we know of), targeting a market capitalisation of $5-$7-million.

This is Vee’s first time featured on the list, but it will certainly not be her last. Click here to read the MCV profile on Vee.

 

SOFIE MATHER

Community Manager at Stirfire Studios

Photograph of Sofie Mather, holding a lemon.In 2013 Sofie joined up with Louie Roots to launch SK Games, a rough-edged studio focused on making physical game experiences and arcade machines, a reality. Since then she has worked behind the scees as a Producer, Manager and Creative Support Person.

Mather was also heavily involved with the planning and execution of 2016 Perth Games Festival and was a driving force behind the Festival’s community launch party and the developer-focussed training “Unconference” event, which she also ran in 2015.

Sofie was also finalist for the Unsung Hero category, in the 2017 Women In Games Awards. She was also listed in MCV’s most recent 30 Under 30 list!

 


KATE RAYNES-GOLDIE

Founder/ Creative Director of Games We Play

Photograph of Kate Raynes-GoldieIn February, Kate wrapped up her 3 year contract with FTI to create their games and interactive program, where she was responsible for launching OOMPF! Games, WA’s only funding program for the games industry; WA’s first games industry scoping survey and LEVEL ONE which is now a regular games co-working opportunity spawning collaboration and innovation.

Kate’s now working full time advising in the VR/AR and innovation space as well a number of game projects, including a partnership between her studio Games We Play and Millennium Kids to work with kids as co-creators on a live action mixed reality game that teaches sustainability.

Kate was also finalist for the Outstanding Achievement of the Year category, in the 2017 Women In Games AwardsClick here to read the MCV’s profile on Kate. (Also, special thanks to Kate for the awesome team WA photo featured above)

 

SUSANNAH EMERY

PhD Candidate and Educator at Curtin University

Photograph of Susannah EmmerySusannah has a deep appreciation for her students and games education. She highlights increasing school attendance and student engagement in a primary classroom through the integration of a Nintendo Wii in the classroom and using this to explore Australian Curriculum outcomes as one of her greatest achievements to date.

She has also worked with a remote Indigenous community in the NT to develop a framework for game developers and educators, promoting a cross cultural collaborative approach to game development.

While based in South Australia, Susannah both teaches and researches through Curtin University. Click here to read the MCV profile on honorary Perthian Susannah.

 

MICHELLE SANDFORD

Technology Evangelist at Microsoft

Photograph of Michelle Sandford.Michelle is a Technology Evangelist who acts as an API between technology and the world. She is the Vice Chair of the Australian Computer Society in WA. She advocates for STEM, the Games Industry and Developers. Michelle has presented at around fifty conferences and events around the world on Technology, Inclusive Design, Diversity and Gaming in the past twelve months.

She tries to stay one jump ahead of the Game(boy) by thinking outside the (X)box. She surfs both waves and webs. And her motto is “Change the World or Go home!”

This is Michelle’s second time on the list, well deserved for all her hard work locally. Click here to read the MCV profile on Michelle.

JESS WATSON

General Operations at Lets Make Games

Photograph of Jess WatsonJessica has continued her work with Let’s Make Games, Western Australia’s game development community organisation. Having worked as one half of the Operations Team since 2013, she manage the organisation’s online presence and community.

2016 was her final year as Coordinator of the Perth Games Festival. Working alongside Jon Hayward and the Festival Committee, they expanded the spaces available for local developers and have continued to improved the accessibility initiatives.

Our very own Jess has also made the list for the second time running! Click here to read the MCV profile on Jess.

 

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Know another inspiring West Australian?

There are so many awesome folks in the games industry working hard and inspiring others with their games, work and support. If there are West Australian in games you think deserve some recognition, please say so in the comments!

We would love to hear about the work others are doing, and a mention here could help some hard-working individuals feel appreciated, not to inspire nominations to awards in the future!

The WA Devs of the 2016 MCV Pacific Women in Games List

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The MCV Women In Games list has returned for its second year, recognising the hard-working lady devs of Australia and New Zealand. The feature acts to showcase the high caliber of women working in our industry, recognise their contributions, and help to inspire the next generation. This year a number of Western Australian developers have been included.

These women are now eligible for the 2016 MCV Pacific Women In Games Awards presented by Xbox, which will be awarded at the second annual MCV Pacific Women In Games Lunch presented by Xbox. The women within the list vote amongst the list to decide the four categories.

 

So congratulations to the following devs…

(and thank you for all your work making and supporting games!)

Minh Tran
Director at Hungry Sky/ Co-Founder of Let’s Make Games

One of the founders of Let’s Make Games, Minh has been quietly working behind the scenes in WA games for many years. She is currently a Director at Hungry Sky, and has been behind many games and interactive experiences, including the award-winning Dinosaur Discovery Augmented Reality Experience.

Kate Raynes-Goldie
Director of Games & Interactive at FTI/ Founder of Games We Play

The leading figure in the Games & Interactive space at FTI, Kate is behind such local initiatives as PlayUp Perth, Level One and the Oompf! Games Fund. As if that wasn’t enough, she also writing advocacy pieces, presents talks and workshops, and of course has developed a number of award-winning pervasive games. Bonus Round: Kate featured in last year’s inaugural Women In Games List.

Jess Watson
Operation Team at Let’s Make Games/ Coordinator of the Perth Games Festival/ Game Dev at Hungry Sky

Managing Let’s Make Games’ online presence, as well being a key figure in coordinating the Perth Games Festival, Jess keeps tabs on the local community and helps get the word out about game development in WA. She worked on the level design of Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, and now working with local studio Hungry Sky. Bonus Round: Jess featured in this year’s MCV Pacific 30 Under 30 List.

Michelle Sanford
Microsoft Services at Microsoft / Co-Founder of Tiidal /  WA Women’s Chair of the Australian Computer Society / Tech Girl Superhero

Sharing knowledge and supporting others is the key to Michelle’s success. In addition to her work at Microsoft, Michelle spends her time coordinating and conducting talks, sharing news in the ICT sphere, and becoming a superhero to encourage the next generation of women in STEM.

Karen Wellington
Coordinator of CoderdojoWA / WA Digital Project Awards

The driving force behind CoderDojo WA, Karen is paving the way for the next generation by supporting kids aged 7 – 17yrs to learn how to code. She also ran the WA Digital Project Awards, which celebrated and showcased the kids’ work. Bonus Round: Karen was also in last year’s inaugural Women In Games List.

 

A Let’s Make Games Special Mention…

In addition to the super cool ladies listed above, we would like to note that there are a whole lot of great people in the WA games industry. We would like to extend a special thanks to a couple of the women who, though not on the MCV list, work hard with us to support the local community.

So a big thank you from us to:

  • Sofie Mather of SK Games & Level One
    Often seen building magnificent machines for SK Games, not to mention running around organising events for SK, Level One, and PlayUp Perth (to name a few). She also is the brains behind Level One’s Dev of the Day feature, and an all ’round awesome person!
  • Vivien Lengkeek of CoderDojo WA & Let’s Make Games
    Supporting aspiring developers of all ages, Vivien works with CoderDojo WA to teach kids about programming and making games. She coordinated the 2015 Perth Games Festival talk schedule, recently joined the writing team at Let’s Make Games, and still somehow finds time to create interactive stories.

Know an inspiring woman in games?

There are so many women in the games industry working hard and inspiring others with their games, work and support. If there are West Australian women in games you think deserve some recognition, please say so in the comments!

We would love to hear about the work others are doing, and a mention here could help some hard-working individuals feel appreciated, not to inspire nominations to awards in the future!