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The UK video games sector - next steps for growth and investment, skills and inclusion, developing the sector’s positive role, and addressing concerns

Morning, Wednesday, 23rd February 2022


This conference focuses on the future for UK video games - looking at policy issues, latest developments, and strategic and commercial priorities.


It is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers to assess:

  • what is needed to enable the sector to build on success and further grow its international profile, as well as to advance 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

The conference will also be a timely 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 video games sector.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:

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

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the CMA; the DCMS; the DIT; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; and the Information Commissioner’s Office - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Jo Twist

CEO, UKIE

Marie-Claire Isaaman

Chief Executive Officer, Women in Games

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Bonner

Executive Director, Regulatory Futures and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office

Dr Jo Twist

CEO, UKIE

Marie-Claire Isaaman

Chief Executive Officer, Women in Games

Chairs

Jonathan Gullis MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games and Esports

Matt Western MP

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games and Esports

Speakers

Brian Baglow

CEO, Scottish Gaming Network

Professor Kenneth Mitchell

Professor of Video Game Technology, Edinburgh Napier University

Michael French

Head of Games, Film London; and Festival Director, London Games Festival

Diane Mullenex

Head, Global Telecom and Gaming Practices, Pinsent Masons

Dr Joanne Lloyd

Reader in Cyberpsychology, University of Wolverhampton

Joanne Benisty

Senior Fundraising Manager, CALM