Westminster Media Forum

The UK video games sector - competitiveness and growth, consumer protection, and priorities for policy in the new parliament

Morning, Thursday, 5th March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will consider next steps for the UK video games sector - with sessions discussing future growth and competitiveness, consumer protection, and priorities for policy and regulation.


With a new parliament beginning its work, discussion will reflect key developments affecting the sector including:



Speakers


There will be keynote addresses from:


  • Steve Wood, Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office;
  • Victoria MacCallum, Deputy Director, Creative Industries, DCMS;
  • Brad Enright, Programme Director, Regulatory Framework and Outcomes, Gambling Commission;
  • Dr Jo Twist, Chief Executive Officer, UKIE; and
  • Ian Livingstone, Non-executive Chairman, Sumo Group and Co-Founder, Hiro Capital.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorder and Royal College of Psychiatrists; Marie-Claire Isaaman, Women in Games; Nick Nocton, Mishcon de Reya and Sean Taylor, InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise and International Game Developers Association.


The agenda


  • The UK’s positioning in the global video games sector - international competitiveness and value to the economy;
  • Sustaining high tech sector growth - access to talent and funding for product innovation, new business models and managing scale;
  • Data protection and future game design - the role of the ICO’s age appropriate design code;
  • Links between gaming and gambling - latest thinking and assessing what further oversight might be required; and
  • Policy priorities - for supporting the development of the UK video games sector.
  • Investment in R&D, supporting SMEs and market entrants, and priorities for meeting the skills demand; and
  • Protecting the interests of consumers - industry responsibility, reducing access to inappropriate content, and assessing the evidence and options relating to gaming disorder.


Keynote Speaker

Steve Wood

Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Keynote Speakers

Brad Enright

Programme Director, Regulatory Framework and Outcomes, Gambling Commission

Ian Livingstone

Non-executive Chairman, Sumo Group and Co-Founder, Hiro Capital

Victoria MacCallum

Deputy Director, Creative Industries, DCMS

Steve Wood

Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Chair

Alex Sobel

Speakers

Nick Nocton

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Director, Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorder and Spokesperson, Behavioural Addictions and Problem Gambling, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Sean Taylor

Project Director, InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise and Member, International Game Developers Association

Dr Jo Twist

Chief Executive Officer, UKIE

Marie-Claire Isaaman

Chief Executive Officer, Women in Games