Dr Ramzan named in Top 100 list as Game Jam returns

21 January 2015

Dr Romana Ramzan

Dr Romana Ramzan

The rising stars of Scotland’s gaming industry will once again come together at GCU to take part in a worldwide race against the clock to develop original action-packed games in just 48 hours.

GCU will welcome up to 180 participants to the Scottish Game Jam, part of the phenomenally successful Global Game Jam, which is held in 63 countries and attended by 17,000 people.

The Scottish Game Jam has gained an international reputation and demand for places this year was as high as ever.

The event will be held on the ground floor of the Saltire Centre.

Thirty-nine games were produced during the 2014 event, while GCU  also hosted smaller Game Jams specifically tailored towards more specialised themes, such ‘women only’ and the noPILLS research project, which has the long-term aim of reducing pharmaceutical micro-pollutants in the water cycle.

Meanwhile, Dr Romana Ramzan, GCU lecturer and Game Jam organiser, has been named one of the Top 100 women working in the games industry.

The list, published by industry website MCV Brit, details 100 women working in the UK games industry from almost 100 different studios, divisions or companies and is chosen by a judging panel of over 50 UK games industry executives.

Competition was intense, as over 400 individuals from across the global games business (some at the highest level) put forward candidates in every field.

Dr Ramzan will now be invited to MCV’s Women of the Year Awards on February 19, where MCV will award three of the Top 100 with honours for creativity, influence and impact in their careers.

Dr Romana Ramzan said: “I'm absolutely delighted, and honoured, to be selected as one of the Top 100 Women in the Games Industry. The games industry needs more women. Although women account for almost 50 per cent of the game-playing population, they only make up 6 per cent of the workforce.”