The Yorkshire Games Festival kicks off with a week of events today and will celebrate Britain’s thriving video games industry
From today the inaugural Yorkshire Games Festival will host a week of events in Bradford’s National Media Museum. Running from 9 November until 11 November the festival will feature entrepreneurs, writers and designers from the £2.9bn UK sector that employs more than 19,000.
Of the 2,000 games companies in Britain, 95 per cent export and nine per cent are based in the region including York’s Revolution Software. Co-founder Charles Cecil will discuss two decades of hits including the £100m-grossing Broken Sword series.
Other speaker will include Rhianna Pratchett, writer of Tomb Raider; Gary Napper of Supermassive Games; and Adrian Hon, producer of Zombies, Run! The keynote speech will be given by Doom creator John Romero, and industry legend Warren Spector will conduct a live video interview from the US.
For those looking to break into the games industry the workshops and talks will discuss how to write for, design and promote games and there will be various networking opportunities.
The Yorkshire Games Festival will also include a family weekend from Saturday 12 November until Sunday 13 November for gamers of all ages.
The Yorkshire games industry will take over the museum for the weekend, giving attendees the chance to play a range of games for free – from retro classics to exclusive previews of titles still in development.
There will also be Minecraft sessions and a Nintendo Zone where you can meet Pikachu, play a variety of Pokémon games and try the new Nintendo Classic Mini: NES console.
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