GameHorizon Best of British

Event Info

Wed 30 Sep, 2009 at 9:00am
Kings Place
London, N1 9AG, UK (Map)
Cost: £150


Hear from some of Blighty's leading developers at GameHorizon's 'Best of British'.

Come along to celebrate the very best in British game development. Learn about the real challenges facing developers from our fair isles and find out where we go from here.

The Programmme

10.00 – 11.00 Registration and networking

11.00 – 11.30 KEYNOTE: A Look at the British games industry where are its roots and what made Britain the birth place of the games industry. What are the key USPs of Britain moving forward?

11.30 – 12.15 Paul Wedgewood MD of Splash Damage games will be looking at what makes them different and why they have been a success.

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch and Networking

13.30 – 14:15 “Darwina + playthrough”: Mark Morris MD of Introversion will talk about the benefits of being a British independent studio and how they have managed to transform from a small time indie to professional console developer. Mark will be talking about the influences of their latest and most exciting game Darwina+ which is due to be released on XBLA later this year.

14:15 – 15:00 “Marketing Browser games” Simon Seefeldt is Head of Business development at Jagex – a world-leading developer of high quality, browser-based games and the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK creating games such as Runscape and funOrb. Simon will talk about how they build their communities and market their games and how Britain is a great place to make games

15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break and Networking

15.30 – 16.00 Paul Farley will be talking about the benefits of being a British Iphone developer

16.15 – 17.00

“Give us a break”

Richard Wilson the CEO of TIGA and a panel of leading developers and games experts will be discussing the prospects for a Games Tax Relief and the implications for the industry as a whole if the measure is implemented. Games Tax Relief could benefit developers by reducing their over-reliance on publisher funding, promote original IP development and encourage a move to more sustainable online business models. The availability of government subsidies overseas is making the UK less competitive, not only from the point of view of costs, but also of skills as government support in other countries has attracted key staff away from the UK. The panel will be looking at what the Government reaction has been so far to TIGA’s lobbying and what are the next steps in ensuring tax breaks happen.

17.00 – 17.05 The decision – what is the best ever British game? All delegates will be asked to nominate a game at registration the top 10 nominations will then be voted on by the audience.

17:05 Party: Caminos, London



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