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Game QA and Localization event launches in San Francisco with Sony, EA, Sega, Bioware, Gearbox

Game QA and Localization event launches in San Francisco with Sony, EA, Sega, Bioware, Gearbox

Sep 6, 2013

Hot off the back of its world premiere in London, Gaming IQ is pleased to announce that the acclaimed & unique Game QA & Localization Forum is coming to San Francisco this December.

As the world’s only forum series dedicated entirely to QA and localization for the gaming industry, the San Francisco event, taking place at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf on December 10-11, unites senior QA and localization professionals from all across the industry – console, PC, online, social or mobile.

Representing a true spectrum of large AAA studios to smaller indie developers and publishers, the forum has assembled a world-class speaker line-up that includes the likes of Sony, EA, BioWare, Ubisoft, Konami, Namco Bandai, Gearbox, Disney and many others.

The Game QA & Localization Forum: San Francisco is a unique opportunity to hear from world-leading developers, indie studios and key industry solution providers in testing and localization.

Benchmark with peers & competitors in an informal, senior-level setting dedicated to networking with people facing the same challenges you are. Discuss what approaches from other companies you could adapt to help you in your own. This is a truly unique idea exchange & networking event!

“What’s fantastic about this forum is how positively the industry has responded – everyone is excited to spend some decent time with likeminded senior professionals discussing the issues that really matter; issues that are too focused or niche to be discussed at broader industry events like GDC”, said Arran Oakes, the Head of Production at organiser Gaming IQ.

Gaming IQ are working with the IGDA on the forum, with Executive Director Kate Edwards saying “this underrepresented area of game development can shine in its own forum, and people from all functions across the game industry can improve their own work by better understanding the critical aspects of QA and Localization”. Annual memberships are available to purchase with a ticket to the forum.

Speaker and panel highlights include:

  • Tulay McNally, Director of Studio Development QA and Quality Engineering Dep., BioWare
  • Mario Vasquez, Head of WWQA Operations, EA
  • Michele Kassis Carlson, Localization Director, Sony PlayStation
  • Tad Hirabayashi, Production Services Director, Namco Bandai
  • Michael “Gryf” Weber, Director of Central Development, Gearbox Software
  • Marietta Pashayan, Director, Mobile QA and Live Services, Disney Interactive
  • Daniel Pangelina, QA Manager, Double Fine


For the full speaker line-up, program information and tickets visit sanfran.qalocforum.com now. Delegate passes as well as sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. Quote code WEEKONE to receive a limited launch week 10% discount!

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  • Claude-François Brassard

    Nice :)

    • http://gamingindustryiq.com/ Arran Oakes

      Thanks Claude – see you there then? :)

      • Claude-François Brassard

        Oh I’d like to.
        Not sure about it though, it’s a lot of money and I have to take many things in consideration.

        • http://gamingindustryiq.com/ Arran Oakes

          You think? It’s only ~$270 for a developer with the discount this week – considering other industry events eg GDC etc. are around the $1,000 mark, I thought this was good value! XD

          • Claude-François Brassard

            Indeed, but my situation is somehow complicated! 😉