Event: Where Next For The UK Games Industry?

An online conference focused upon the future for UK games industry – looking at policy issues, latest developments, and strategic and commercial priorities – take place on the morning of Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

It is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers to assess:

  • what is needed to enable the UK games industry to build on success and further grow its international profile, as well as progressing investment, skills, partnerships, and business development
  • latest developments in knowledge exchange, harnessing emerging technology, merchandising, reducing environmental impact, and improving diversity and access
  • how to realise the full potential of games to deliver societal benefits in areas such as education, fundraising, and health
  • progress on tackling links between gambling and gaming, transparency in marketing, and protecting vulnerable groups from online harms such as gaming addiction and ‘toxic’ online culture

It offer an opportunity to consider how recent policy and regulatory developments, such as the ICO’s Children’s Code and the Government’s review of the Gambling Act, will impact the games ecosystem across the UK.

Keynote sessions include:

  • Marie-Claire Isaaman – Chief Executive Officer, Women in Games
  • Dr Jo Twist – CEO, UKIE
  • Stephen Bonner – Executive Director, Regulatory Futures and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office

The speaker programme also includes:

  • Professor Kenny Mitchell – Professor of Video Games Technology, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Dr Joanne Lloyd – Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Wolverhampton
  • Brian Baglow – Director, Scottish Games Network
  • Diane Mullenex – Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Michael French – Festival Director, London Games Festival
  • Joanne Bennisty – Senior Fundraising Partner, CALM

The organisers expect further speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, together with video games publishers, developers, distributors, and representatives from across the technology and digital sectors; legal, financial and other advisors, industry associations, skills bodies, universities and research organisations, bookmakers and gambling industry groups, and advertising agencies; addiction services and third sector organisations focusing on areas such as mental health, young people and debt; organisations and individuals representing the views of children and families; consultancies, academics and commentators; and reporters from the national and trade media.

The full agenda can be seen here.

Tickets cost £210, though a variety of concession prices are available.

To find out more and to book tickets, visit the Westminster Forum website.

Photo by Deniz Fuchidzhiev on Unsplash

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