London Games Conference

Event Info

Tue 27 Oct, 2009 at 4:30pm
195 Piccadilly
London, W1J, UK (Map)
Cost: £229 (discounts for TIGA/ELSPA members)


Conference OverviewSony, Nintendo, Microsoft, big name publishers, leading edge developers and pioneers of digital distribution will all form part of a wide-ranging programme at the first ever London Games Conference on Tuesday, October 27th.

Taking place at BAFTA and sub-titled Digital Distribution and the Future of the European Games Market, LGC will be the biggest standalone UK event dedicated to the issue that is currently top of the industry’s agenda.

Highlights include Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft discussing their online gaming strategies in a panel chaired by Edge editor Tony Mott; and a session hosted by erstwhile Sony development director Phil Harrison discussing the demise of physical media.

London Games Conference will also feature an opening address from Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for Culture.

The event forms part of the London Games Festival and is officially supported by ELSPA. Edge, meanwhile, has signed up as a Media Partner.

Tickets & conference itinerary

The Conference starts at 4:30pm and will be followed by an evening of networking, dinner and drinks.

Tickets are £229. There are also discounts for ELSPA  and Tiga members.

For more details or to secure a delegate place, please email Rob [dot] Bakeratintentmedia [dot] co [dot] uk or call +44 (0)1992 535 647.

The full list of sessions and speakers are:

5:00 Opening Address

Ed Vaizey – Shadow Minister for Culture

The man who may well be the games industry’s next voice in government talks directly to the trade

5:10 The Future of Digital Distribution

Nick Parker – Parker Consulting

One of the games market’s most respected analysts outlines the current digital distribution landscape and offers up exclusive pointers to the future of the sector

5:35 Daddy, What’s a Disc?

A discussion on the death of physical media and the business models that will rise up to replace them

Chairman: Phil Harrison – Former president of SCE Worldwide Studios


Kristian Segerstrale – CEO and Co-Founder, Playfish

Mark Gerhard – CEO, Jagex

Thomas Bidaux – CEO, ICO Partners

6:10 Coffee

6:30 The New Food Chain

Games will still be made, sold and distributed. But not like they have been. This session looks at the new lines of demarcation.

Chairman: Andy Payne, ELSPA


Charles Cecil – CEO, Revolution Software

Nick Pili – Network Director, SEGA

Gian Luzio – Product Director, The Hut

Rich Keen, Marketing Director, Direct2Drive

7:00 Charting the Progress of PC Downloads

Dorian Bloch – GfK-ChartTrack

The man behind the games industry’s charts (and holder of vast amounts of sales data) how digital distribution is the future of the PC market – and makes a forceful case for a download chart

7:20 Outside the Box

Key figures from the market’s three established format holders discuss their roles in the brave new digital future

Chairman – Tony Mott, Edge


Pete Edwards – Director, PlayStation Home, SCE

Neil Thompson – Head of Xbox, UK & Ireland, Microsoft

TBA – Nintendo


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