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San Francisco gets ready for the Game QA & Localization Forum

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 going 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.

The event offers the opportunity to benchmark with industry peers & competitors in an informal, senior-level setting dedicated to networking with people facing the same challenges. The event agenda is available to download here

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.

The Game QA & Localization Forum: San Francisco 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

The Game QA & Localization Forum: San Francisco takes place in December 10-11, 2013 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, San Francisco, California. Find the program, event details and registration information about the forum on , phone +1 646 378 6026/ +44 (0) 207 036 1300 or email


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