Investing in Innovative Screen Businesses – A Gaming Exploration
About this Event:
The UK has one of the largest and most innovative gaming markets in the world, illustrated by its impressive growth over recent years. Game development and publishing directly contributed £2.91bn in GVA to the UK economy in 2019, the largest contribution to the national economy on record, demonstrating the continued health of the sector (UKIE). The investment landscape for the sector is especially diverse, incorporating everything from sales of hardware and boxed games, to toys, events, merchandise, magazines and films.
This is the third instalment of a series of round tables delivered through Creative Enterprise Evolve. A programme led by Creative England in partnership with the BFI and UKBAA to build a connected ecosystem of investors for the UK’s innovative media and entertainment sectors. For this latest instalment, Evolve have partnered with UKIE to explore the investment opportunities in the ever-growing, dynamic gaming sector.
From the investors that are specialists in the sector, to the pioneers defining the industry – this round table is a deep dive into gaming in the UK, assessing where the investment opportunities for our community are.
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Steve Tinkler, CFO, Tonic Games
Steve is CFO at Tonic Games: a Development & Publishing group who create original games and invest in independent developers globally. Around 300 people strong; they bring together developers Mediatonic and Fortitude Games, along with publishing label, The Irregular Corporation.
John Clark, CEO, Curve Digital
A Tencent and Sega veteran, John Clark is CEO at Curve Digital. Clark is a well-regarded leader in the UK games industry and has held senior roles at Eidos, Sega and Tencent. He was EVP of publishing at Sega, where he worked for almost 13 years, and was part of the team that drove Sega’s PC digital business. Prior to being appointed CEO at Curve, he was VP of partnerships in Europe for Tencent.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO, UKIE
Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, an Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and Creative Industries Council member.
Ian Livingstone CBE, Co-founding Partner, Hiro Capital
Ian Livingstone is a pioneer and legend of the global video game industry and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the UK video games industry. He co-founded two billion-dollar games companies, Games Workshop (Warhammer) and Eidos (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) for whom, as Executive Chairman, he led the successful London IPO. As well as his role in Hiro, Ian is Non-Executive Chairman of Sumo Group PLC, a leading London-listed cross-platform games developer.
Mehjabeen Patrick, CIO & COO, Creative England
Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.
Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UKBAA