Free business event for games development companies at Interactive Futures

Thursday 24th of January 2019 03:12 PM

Innovative games development companies have a great opportunity to hear from industry experts on the most successful way to grow their business at the inaugural Interactive Futures Games Festival.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Warwickshire County Council and Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) have teamed up to hold the Games Business Development Forum as part of the Festival, which will be staged from January 31-February 2 to shine the spotlight on games, culture and creativity in Leamington.

The free afternoon event has attracted leading industry specialists and is aimed at games development companies throughout the region who are planning to take the next step to grow their business to hear advice on preparing to pitch for work overseas, secure funding or develop a relationship with the media.

The Games Business Development Forum, which will take place at The Royal Spa Centre in Newbold Terrace, Leamington, between 1pm-6pm next Thursday (January 31), is part of Ukie’s 2019 ’30 Years of Play’ campaign.

The impressive line-up of speakers and their topics include:

  • Alex Tutty, Sheridans: ‘How to get your business investor ready’
  • Chris Bain, Player One Consulting (formerly of Microsoft): ‘What do first party investors look for in the pitches they receive?’
  • Nick Parker, Parker Consulting: ‘Opportunities in games – what type of investment do you need?’
  • Hannah Waddilove, Unit 2 Games: ‘Reaching out to China – how to prepare your pitch for Far East investment’
  • Anna Mansi, BFI: ‘Applying for Video Games Tax Relief’
  • Steve Stopps, Excalibur: ‘Tales from the front line of seeking investment’
  • Sam Collins, Ukie: ‘Making the most of trade show attendance’
  • Sophia Drake, Steel Media: ‘How to engage with the press to raise your profile’

Stacy O’Connor, Digital Skills Lead at the CWLEP, said the Games Business Development Forum was aimed at the myriad of games development companies who wanted to grow their business but wanted advice on the next steps.

“This is the first Interactive Futures Games Festival which has been set-up to showcase the latest developments and opportunities in the creative and games communities, while uncovering career opportunities and industry insights as well as revealing new releases,” she said.

“The Games Business Development Forum fits in perfectly since gaming businesses will have unrivalled access to the very best in their industry.

“They will gain an insight from speakers who have vast experience on the best way to win new orders overseas, apply for funding or how to make their business attractive to potential investors.

“There are so many fantastic businesses who would benefit from attending this business development event.

“Coventry and Warwickshire is a vital cog in the gaming sector in the UK since ten per cent of staff in the gaming industry work in the area but, like every business, no matter the industry, it is important not to stand still and this event is ideal for those who want to hear insight and advice from industry experts – and it is free!”

The event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance from

Networking will follow the speakers at 4.30pm.