Kate Edwards at the 2015 Game Developers Conference
|Institutions||University of Washington
International Game Developers Association
|Alma mater||California State University Long Beach
University of Washington
|Known for||Executive Director of International Game Developers Association|
Kate Edwards is the executive director of the International Game Developers Association. She is also a geographer, writer and content culturalization strategist, most active in information-based cartography and video game content. Edwards spent over a decade working in various roles at Microsoft, creating the Geopolitical Strategy team and working to evaluate and manage geopolitical and cultural content in software products. After leaving Microsoft she founded Englobe (now Geogrify) as a consulting firm engaged in content culturalization and strategy, primarily for the video game industry.
Education and career
Edwards was the geopolitical strategist for Microsoft between 1992 and 2005. She assisted with Microsoft's virtual earth technology and Encarta World Atlas project. She proposed and founded a new team called Geopolitical Strategy in 1998. As Microsoft's Senior Geopolitical Strategist, Edwards was responsible for the risk assessment of geopolitical and cultural content across all products and locales. In the Microsoft Studios, Edwards implemented a geopolitical quality review process which was used to evaluate PC and Xbox titles.
In March 2005, she left Microsoft to launch Englobe (now Geogrify), a consulting firm specializing in content culturalization and strategy in video games, cartography and general cultural sensitivities in digital content. Through Englobe, Edwards was involved on games such as Dragon Age 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Edwards was the founder and chair of the Game Localization Special Interest Group (SIG) in the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and served as a board of directors member for the IGDA Seattle chapter. Edwards was awarded the IGDA's 2011 MVP award for her contributions to the organization and to the game industry. In December 2012, she was appointed as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association after Gordon Bellamy moved on from the position.
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