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|Session Name:||Still Gaming After All These Years|
|Speaker(s):||David Mullich, William Volk, Mike Sellers, Jill Miller, Mary-Margaret Walker, Laura Buddine|
|Company Name(s):||Electric Sheep Game Consulting, PlayScreen, LLC, Indiana University, Independent, Mary-Margaret Walker, Iacta LLC|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
|Overview:||According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, 26% of gamers are over the age of 50, and yet the 2014 IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey finds that only 1% of game developers are aged 50 and above. In fact, many veteran game developers report that they want to continue to make games but have found job opportunities limited upon reaching the age of 50 and above. Is this due to ageism in game industry hiring practices? This panel, comprised of a veteran game industry executive, game producer, human resources manager, executive recruiter, and developer of games for seniors will present their own experiences as over-50 gaming professionals, examine the myth versus the reality of the contributions of over-50 workers, and provide advice for those over 50 about keeping their skills current and finding opportunities to apply them.|