An award-winning leader in the Australian community, Giselle’s first foray into the games sector is what she describes as “blind luck” when she began working with a Melbourne games educator in 2007. Despite closures in the industry Giselle re-booted the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers' Association (IGDAM) in 2009 which has been connecting the game community on a monthly basis ever since.
Among a host of events Giselle has coordinated including Game Connect Asia Pacific, she has managed the Melbourne Global Game Jam (GGJ) each year since 2011. Her involvement grew from there, eventually taking up the Executive Producer role for the global events in 2016 and 2017. This has been a career highlight for Giselle.
Giselle has been with Hipster Whale since 2015 and together the company has released Crossy Road, PAC-MAN 256 in collaboration with Bandai Namco, and Disney Crossy Road with Disney (a visit to PIXAR in California proving to be an unforgettable experience).
Giselle has been key in boosting the profile and numbers of women in the sector. She is inspired by the women doing amazing things in the game space, and who support one another in their endeavours. This includes Hipster Whale President Clara Reeves, Kate Edwards (IGDA), Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett and her close confidante Rebecca Fernandez who formerly ran the IGDA chapter in Sydney.
Giselle’s advice to game developers is to support one another, seek out allies and speak up because often when things are skewed towards the male experience it's because someone just hasn't considered it from another angle.