TIGA launches Games Summit to encourage UK studio growth

TIGA launches Games Summit to encourage UK studio growth
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

February 26th 2014 at 11:59AM

March event will help studios access finance, advice on how to build their studio and more

UK games trade body TIGA is hosting a new all-day event in March to help the UK start-up game developers and independent studios grow.

Taking place on Friday, March 7th, the summit aims to help studios access finance, learn from other developers and network extensively.

TIGA’s 2014 Games Summit is supported by headline sponsor Microsoft, silver sponsor Kingston Smith, and features Develop as its media partner and Capital Enterprise as event partner.

Through a mix of 45-minute workshops, panel Q&A sessions and keynote speeches, the event will help developers from across the UK to successfully run and grow a games studio, offering step-by-step advice and examples of how to pitch to investors, improve discoverability with marketing and plenty else besides.

Attendees who wish to have a private one to one meeting with an investor are asked to email Nisha Valand (nisha@tiga.org) at TIGA for more information.

The TIGA 2014 Games Summit will be held at Blackhall Studios in London, on March 7th, from 9.30 to 6pm.

Lunch will be provided, with networking plus food and drinks taking place at the end of the day.

Confirmed speakers so far include Microsoft, Capital Enterprise CEO John Spindler, Team17 MD Debbie Bestwick and nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh.

Commenting the announcement, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson, said: “As a trade body run by developers, for developers, we appreciate the challenges facing those trying to run a games business in the UK today. 80 per cent of our board is made up of developers, some of whom run two person studios, while others run businesses with 400 people or more.

“This expertise and experience has enabled TIGA to design an event that will help developers tackle some of the most important and difficult issues they face today.

“I’d like to thank Microsoft, Kingston Smith, Capital Enterprise and Develop for their support, and hope as many developers as possible come along to take part and help us build a stronger UK games industry.”

TIGA members can attend entirely free, with tickets for non-member developers being sold for just £20. Find more information and register here.