New Responsibilities Include Strategic Growth, Program Development and Building Partnerships
GAMESBEAT, SAN FRANCISCO; October 12, 2015 – The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA), a non-profit trade association focused on building business opportunities for the games industry, today announced that Wanda Meloni has been named as its Executive Director effective October 1, 2015. She has been serving on the organization’s board since January of this year as vice president. In her new role, Meloni will spearhead the OGA’s efforts to build and expand business opportunities and innovation within the games ecosystem.
As Executive Director, Meloni will be dedicated to strategic planning, positioning and implementation the OGAs initiatives while creating valuable membership programs and aligning with key industry partners. In addition to her work with the OGA, Meloni is the founder and CEO of M2 Advisory Group (formerly M2 Research), and the editor-in-chief of Games Business Review.
“Wanda’s industry knowledge, energy and hard work has helped revitalize the OGA’s efforts as we evolve to better reflect all platforms, sectors and business models that make up the game industry today,” said Drew Johnston, OGA president. “Her insight and guidance will help the organization respond to emerging trends and issues important to our members, and shape the OGA’s growth.”
The Open Gaming Alliance provides an array of resources to its industry members, ranging from research and best-practice guidance; to marketing support and networking with some of the industry’s premier technology vendors, hardware providers, and publishers. Founded in 2008, the organization has evolved. Now focused on supporting all gaming platforms, the OGA’s mission is to support business opportunities for developers, create expansion and promote innovation in gaming.
Several new initiatives were announced at this year’s E3, including new membership levels; and new Special Interest Groups focused on VR/AR, Tools and Middleware, and Cloud Gaming. Additionally, the OGA unveiled a significant expansion of its indie developer support through its new Indie Collective Program and partnerships with top accelerators through the OGA Incubator Program including MassDigi, Washington Interactive Network and Execution Labs.
Other 2015 activities have included hosting OGA panels on important issues at this year’s SXSW festival; and Cloud Gaming USA; and sponsoring The Media Indie Exchange at E3. The trade association also issued its annual Pinnacle Research Report, a valuable ongoing resource for members addressing industry revenues and trends.
“It is an extremely exciting time in the games industry, and there are so many areas of growth and innovation right now where the OGA can provide a valuable service,” said Wanda Meloni, OGA executive director. “The OGA strives to be a resource and place where members and partners can discuss, share and access learnings across the industry to make our business stronger. We have many new initiatives in the works at the OGA, and I look forward to working with our members and collaborating with industry partners.”
Source: Press Release