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Dr Jo Twist OBE

Ukie
CEO
Talk
The European Games Industry in five years
Ten years after the mobile shift the European games industry is reshaping again.
Will game development become, with upcoming funding schemes and the return of the console as lead platform, again a battle of mass production ?
Or will small story driven or AR/VR content dominate the picture?
What's the influence of the upcoming eSport on the production of new games ?
Influence of Brexit and EU policy on the ecosystem. How will all this affect the European Games developer community ?

Panelists:
  • Erik Robertson, Managing Director Nordic Game Resources AB
  • Jo Twist, CEO UKIE
  • Arne Peters, Chief Strategy Office, eSports.com
  • Ian Kelso, Co-Founder, Impossible Things (via Skype)
  • Prof. Dr. Malte Behrmann, Rechtsanwalt & Dozent bbw Hochschule (Moderator)

Bio
Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, an Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and Creative Industries Council member. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities. Previously, Jo was Channel 4 Education Commissioning Editor where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects. Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News.  Her doctorate in the late 1990s was an ethnography exploring identity and concepts of difference in place based and virtual communities.
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