A 100% face-to-face MEGAMIGS under the sign of inclusion

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A 100% face-to-face MEGAMIGS under the sign of inclusion

The MEGAMIGS attracts some 3,000 professionals from the video game industry every year.

The Video Game Guild of Quebec unveiled Tuesday the programming of its first MEGAMIGS – this great Montreal video game festival – entirely face-to-face in three years. On the menu: networking, international headliners and workshops and conferences on, among other things, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The MEGAMIGS, which attracts some 10,000 people every year, will also be the first for the new director of the Video Game Guild, Jean Jacques Hermans, appointed last February.

And the programming of MEGAMIGS 2022 clearly shows the direction he wishes to give to the organization. For example, workers in the video game industry and the public can attend conferences such as Working on the [Autism] Spectrum, Resilience of Mothers in the Global Games Industry, Getting Back On Our Feet after problems at work, Women and games in [information technology (IT)].

During the festival, a new award for excellence in DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) will be awarded to an independent studio that has stood out for its internal practices and processes. It is in addition to eight other awards, including those for the best game design, the best artistic direction and production, and the best technological innovation.

International headliners include Daniel Dociu, the global art director of Korean developer and publisher NCsoft, who is invited to discuss building virtual worlds. TQ Jefferson, from the American developer of virtual reality titles Survios, will provide an overview of this technology.

The CEO and co-founder of video game developer Finji , Rebekah Saltsman, will discuss the launch of the action-adventure title Tunic, carried out with Canadian indie developer Andrew Shouldice.

These guests join the 80 or so gaming industry brands that will be present during the festivities, from Gearbox to Timi Studio Group.

The discovery zone will be back this year to present 10 games video from independent studios. Interviews, as well as demonstrations and game tests await festival-goers.

For people who are considering a career in the video game industry, the Guilde du jeu vidéo has invited several educational institutions on site.

The MEGAMIGS will take place from October 19 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal.

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