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Games industry highlights NUA impact

Digital games trade publication MCV has named four industry luminaries with connections with Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) in its Top 100 Women in Games ranking.

The annual list of high-flying women working in the UK games industry, which is selected by a panel of over 50 UK games industry executives, includes Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Leader of BA Games Art and Design at NUA; Dr Maria Stukoff, Head of Academic Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and recipient of an honorary doctorate from NUA in 2014; Gina Jackson, games consultant and Visiting Professor in Games at the University; and Sophia George, games designer in residence at the V&A museum and an NUA 2011 graduate.

MCV magazine states: “Competition was intense. We had over 400 individuals from across the global games business (some at the highest level) put forward candidates in every field. And the result is just as diverse, from indie devs and start up founders through to those leading strategy or devising top tech for format holders via retail, legal, marketing and many other professions.”

Each of the top 100 will be profiled in MCV’s 30 January edition and invited to attend the Women Of The Year Awards in February, where three will be honoured for creativity, influence and impact in their careers.

Professor John Last, NUA Vice-Chancellor, said: “We’re delighted to congratulate Marie-Claire, Gina, Maria and Sophia for these accolades, which reinforce the strength of NUA’s impact in the games sector through its academic staff and graduates. The University’s influence on digital games in the UK is set to grow with the introduction of a masters degree course in Games which starts this September and will prepares graduates for higher-level entry into games art and design careers at professional studios.”

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