- Five Summits as part of the London Games Festival, delivered by Games London and backed by the Mayor of London
- Exploring Virtual Reality, eSports, Games Finance, Games Culture and Games Audio
- Tickets on sale now – with special £10 rate for students
Games London today announced five special summits, which will run throughout next month’s London Games Festival, as part of a drive to promote the UK’s wider games sector and make London the games capital of the world. Each summit will offer insight into the latest cutting-edge developments in and cultural impact of video games.
Virtual reality, eSports, games audio, accessing finance and the cultural power of games are all on the agenda at a series of events that take place at venues across the city during the London Games Festival, which takes place from 1-10 April.
Each summit will feature expert speakers delivering entertaining sessions which are accessible to all audiences – from high scorers to new players. The events will also explore the rich cultural range of video games and the breadth of the games industry whether that’s how film and movies are intersecting through virtual reality, how areas like eSports are developing and growing in the UK, or the way museums and institutions start to curate games history.
Games London has also today announced a special tier of half-price £10 tickets so that students and those on lower incomes can access the mix of content more affordably.
The five Summits are:
Virtual Reality Summit (Monday, 4 April, BFI Southbank)
- The VR Summit will look at where the roads of games, film and VFX collide with talks from experts across all three fields showcasing the hottest new games and discussing the issues presented by the resurgent virtual reality space.
Games Audio Summit (Monday, 4 April, BFI Southbank)
The audio scene in games development is one of the industry’s most creative communities and the Games Audio Summit will tap into that with talks looking at innovative uses of music, sound effects, and voice work for interactive projects.
Games Finance Summit (Tuesday 5 April, The Grange City Hotel)
A prelude to the first-of-its-kind Games Finance Market, the Games Finance Summit will offer developers of all experience levels insight into funding types, speaking to investors and ways to unlock financial support.
eSports Summit (Wednesday, 6 April, BAFTA)
An invite-only event that looks at The Future of eSports – why competitive gaming is one of the most closely-watched growth areas in video games, how to encourage better treatment of players, and opportunities for non-games companies in the space.
Games Culture Summit (Friday 8 April, Museum of London)
Drawing together leading cultural institutions and creative leaders, the Games Culture Summit will look at a variety of issues including how galleries and museums curate, collect and archive games.
Launched in January by the Mayor of London and funded by the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) Games London is being delivered by Film London, the capital’s strategic agency for film and media, and games trade body Ukie and will build on recent growth in the UK games sector, which generated £2.8bn in revenue in 2015.
More information and details on how to book individual tickets or an All Access pass can be found at www.games.london
For further press information, please contact:
Caroline Miller, Indigo Pearl
T: 0208 964 4545
Alex Deller, Film London
T: 020 7613 7682
M: 07787 254 250
Sophie Densham, Ukie
T: 0208 534 0590
Notes to Editors
The London Games Festival summits are a mix of ticketed access and invite-only. Tickets for some events are on sale now, with a London Games Festival All Access available at both Standard and Student rates which guarantees a seat at other key summits and events. To find out more and book your place, head to www.games.london/tickets
A full schedule for each of the summits, including headline activity from keynote speakers and sponsor hosts, will be announced over the next two weeks. Head to www.games.london to register for updates or follow the London Games Festival on Twitter at @londongamesfest to hear the news first.
The London Games Festival is delivered by Games London, a joint project between UK games industry trade body Ukie (www.ukie.info) and London screen agency Film London (www.filmlondon.org.uk), which is backed by the Mayor of London with £1.2m funding from the London Enterprise Panel. Over three years the programme will drive investment into the London’s video games development sector, promote the commercial and cultural power of video games in the capital and across the UK, and provide skills and training activity for both new and existing developers.
The London Games Festival includes other major events such as Now Play This, the first-of-its-kind Games Finance Market, EGX Rezzed and the BAFTA Games Awards. Find out more at www.games.london.
About Games London
Games London is a groundbreaking new programme delivered by Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and UK games industry trade body Ukie. The project is funded with £1.2m of support from the Mayor of London’s London Enterprise Panel. Games London partners include London & Partners, BAFTA, BFI, Somerset House and Gamer Events.
The London Games Festival is a core part of the Games London activity and seeks to champion, promote and celebrate the culture and business of games across the first ten days of April 2016. At least 15 official events in 10 different venues across the capital will take place from 1 April to 10 April. www.games.london
About Film London
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Film London’s activities include:
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London’s position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games
- Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital’s screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events
- Maximising access to the capital’s film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Promoting London through screen tourism
Film London also manages the British Film Commission (www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk) through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI, and UK Trade and Investment.
The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) exists to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and wider interactive entertainment industries. Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best UK development talent – from promising start-ups to the biggest, most successful world-recognised studios operating in the UK today.
Ukie’s activity focuses on:
- Working closely with government on issues surrounding our sector, including lobbying successfully for the 2014 Video Games Tax Relief, education and skills, age ratings, and protecting intellectual property rights
- Securing the talent pipeline by committing to skills development in the industry, continuing through careers via the Digital Schoolhouse programme, our student membership, mentoring and professional development training programmes.
- Promoting the industry by working with the media to raise awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of games to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
- An intense International Trade programme, running UK stands at the biggest international industry events and recruiting companies for overseas trade missions
- Ukie commissioned the Blueprint for Growth report in 2015, an independent review of the UK games industry with recommendations for decision makers in Parliament for how the industry can grow by an additional £1bn annually.