The International Social Games Association (ISGA) is the global industry body for social games companies. We provide a unified voice for the industry in legal, regulatory and policy debates at a time when an increasing number of people play social games and the way that those games are accessed, played and paid for is subjected to on-going scrutiny.
Founded in September 2013, following the merger of the Social Gaming Association and the International Social Games Coalition, our members comprise social game makers from established global operators to smaller start ups. We are a not for profit trade association, whose core objective is to educate and inform the public, policy makers and regulators on what the industry does, how it works and the value it generates for both those that love to play social games and for the digital economy.
We do this through the development and management of best practice principles, by commissioning original research and engaging with stakeholders across Europe, the US, Asia and Australia in relevant policy and regulatory debates. Our best practice principles aim to shape a consistent and complementary global framework for the social games industry.
In parallel, we promote education for end-consumers through our Smart Mobile Gamers portal, which provides guidance, tips and expert advice to help ensure that players of social games have a positive experience.
Luc Delany is the CEO of the ISGA. Luc is also the Founder and CEO of Delany & Co, a public policy and communications agency. He is a former policy executive at Google and Facebook, a Fellow of the British American Project, and sits on the University of Maastricht External Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Paul Mathews is the Chairman of the ISGA. Paul is also the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Playstudios. He’s a driving operational force who sustains the ISGA’s forward momentum with a wonderful mix of personal charm and perseverance. Paul draws on his prior experiences as the head of IGT’s Online Gaming Group, Co-Founder and COO of Wagerworks and an Investigative Officer with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Steven is the Secretary and Co-Founding Board Member of the ISGA. Steven is also presently Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Business Development at Light & Wonder (formerly Scientific Games). With 20 years of gaming, technology, hospitality and travel industry experience, Steven has also worked in corporate government affairs and has served as an Executive Officer of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM). In the public sector, Steven has served in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government.
Consultant – Australia
Hamish is the Australia-based Consultant of the ISGA. Hamish is also a Director of MCM Strategic Communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in a number of senior communications roles, being the Senior Government Relations Executive with a global human services company, and leading a strategic communications consultancy firm. His roles in media have been varied, spanning 15 years; including several popular news stations, the West Australian newspaper and many well-known radio stations. Hamish is Vice President of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association and a member of both the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Press Club of Australia.