The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA), a non-profit trade association focused on building business opportunities for the games industry, has named Wanda Meloni as its executive director effective. She has been serving on the organization’s board since January of this year as VP. 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 of the OGA’s 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.
2015 has been an explosive year of growth and activity for the Open Gaming Alliance, which has added several high profile corporate members including Lenovo, Unity3D and Webroot.
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.