IGEA has this morning announced the appointment of Nintendo Australia and New Zealand’s In-House Legal Counsel, Amy Roy, to the IGEA, thanking Anthony Howitt for his contribution.
After serving on the Board of IGEA for the past two years, Howitt announced his resignation at IGEA’S most recent Board meeting. Roy was then appointed by the IGEA Board to fill the casual vacancy.
A member of our 2015 Women In Games list, Amy has long held an active role on IGEA’s legal and policy committee, working closely with both IGEA and the rest of the legal and policy committee. Amy brings a strong knowledge on the wide array of issues facing the video game industry.
Extending a warm welcome on behalf of the board, IGEA CEO, Ron Curry said, “Amy has always been a valued contributor to the association on all issues relating to policy and we look forward to having her strategic advice and views on all of the complex issues we face as an industry going forward.”
Speaking to her appointment as a Director, Amy Roy added, “I am very much looking forward to working with the rest of the IGEA Board and supporting the ANZ industry as it works through the numerous issues under management now, and moreso as we look to the future. One thing is certain, the industry is always undergoing change and I am committed to working with IGEA to ensure these changes are sustainable and help drive the local industry forward.“
In the announcement IGEA took the the chance to thank Anthony Howitt for his invaluable contribution to the Board over the last two years and for his time, commitment and advice he imparted at meetings and beyond.
Roy’s appointment is just the latest event in an incredibly busy year for IGEA, having significantly expanded their member base, especially from the local game development community. Of IGEA’s 29 full members , 13 are Australian development studios – a significant shift in the positioning of the association. This shift has allowed IGEA to increase its lobbying for game developer funding with State and Federal governments along with ongoing advocacy for issues that affect the entire ANZ games industries .
IGEA will launch Digital Australia and Digital New Zealand 2020 in July this year, and expect to survey the size of the Australian game development industry.
We here at MCV Pacific wish Amy all the best of luck in her appointment and echo IGEA’s thanks to Anthony Howitt for his service.