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Industry legend Ian Livingstone, the co-writer of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook and co-founder of Games Workshop, arrives to present BAFTA in the Artistic Achievement category (BAFTA / James Kennedy). Ian Livingstone

Keynote speaker and schedule announced for Wales Games Development Show 2013

05 June 13

BAFTA Wales is pleased to announce that the keynote speech at this year's Wales Games Development Show 2013 will be delivered by Ian Livingstone CBE.

BAFTA Wales is pleased to announce that the keynote speech at this year's Wales Games Development Show 2013 will be delivered by Ian Livingstone CBE.

Ian Livingstone can be considered one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, having co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, and launching the game Dungeons & Dragons and subsequently its retail chain, as well as the gaming magazine White Dwarf in Europe. In 1982 Livingstone, together with Games Workshop co-founder Steve Jackson, created the best-selling role-playing games book series, Fighting Fantasy, which has sold over 16 million copies to date.

He made his creative leap to computer games by designing Eureka, the first title released by Domark in 1984. He joined the board of the company in the early ‘90s as a major investor, overseeing a merger in 1995 that created Eidos Interactive, where he was Chairman for seven years. At Eidos he helped secure and bring to market some of its most famous properties including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman. Livingstone became Life President of Eidos for Square Enix, which bought the publisher in 2009.

Ian is an active supporter of new and upcoming games talent, having invested in independent studios including Playdemic, Playmob and Mediatonic. His current roles include being Vice Chair of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), Chair of Playdemic, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Co-Chair of the Next Gen Skills Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.

He co-authored the Next Gen review in 2011, recommending changes in ICT education policy to bring computer science into the national curriculum as an essential discipline.

The keynote speech will close a day of industry sessions which also include:

BBC Panel /Play
UKIE panel: What makes a game British?
'The Rights Stuff III - Power up: Exploiting IP in the gaming sector’
BAFTA Games Question Time

The day will conclude with the presentation of the British Academy Cymru Award for Games and the launch of the BAFTA Wales/Microsoft Windows 8 App Competition, followed by a networking drinks reception.

The Wales Games Development Show takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre on 26 June 2013 and is supported by the Welsh Government and MEDIA Antenna Wales, with BAFTA Wales sponsoring the industry sessions. Over 50 companies will exhibit their latest games and interactive projects.

Industry delegate passes are currently on sale, priced £20.00. Passes include access to all exhibition areas, all industry seminars and entry to the presentation of the British Academy Cymru Award for Games and drinks reception.

Delegate passes can be booked via the Wales Games Development Show Eventbrite page