Conference outlines video games future

Licensing firms offered chance to discover digital vision for games brands.
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With video games being one of the key emerging areas within licensing, those interested in finding out more about where the sector is headed in the future should go along to the London Games Conference next month.

The full programme has just been announced and will include a keynote from the Shadow Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, as well as sessions from video games market analysts and execs from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

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Themes already emerging for the first event dedicated to digital distribution in the video games space include how established firms are adapting to the emergence of online sales, and how specialist companies and new business models are rising up to challenge them.

For licensors and licensees, the move online for video games could open up further opportunities at the bricks and mortar retail level for their own products.

Tickets, priced at £229, are selling fast. To secure your delegate place, please contact or call 01992 535647. Discounts are available for ELSPA and Tiga members.

Tickets are available to order from

All information about the event can be found at

The full London Games Conference programme is as follows:

Tuesday, October 27th BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

4:30pm – Registration

5:05pm – 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 London Games Conference for the event’s opening speech.

5:10pm – The Future of Digital Distribution
Nick Parker, Parker Consulting
Where are we headed next? 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.

5:35pm – Daddy, What’s a Disc?
A panel discussion on the death of physical media and the business models that will replace them.
Host: Phil Harrison, Former president of Sony Worldwide Studios
Panellists: Kristian Segerstrale, CEO and co-founder, Playfish; Mark Gerhard, CEO, Jagex; Thomas Bidaux, CEO, ICO Partners

6:10pm – Coffee

6:30pm – The New Food Chain
Video games will still be made, sold and distributed. But not like they have been. This panel discussion will look at the new lines of demarcation between development, retail, publishing and distribution.
Host: Andy Payne, ELSPA
Panellists: Charles Cecil, CEO, Revolution Software; Nick Pili, Network Director, SEGA; Gian Luzio, Product Director, The Hut; Rich Keen, Marketing Director, Direct2Drive

7:00pm – Charting the Progress of PC Downloads
Dorian Bloch, GfK-ChartTrack
The man behind the UK games sector’s invaluable sales charts (and holder of vast amounts of market data) talks on how digital distribution is the future of the PC games market – and makes a forceful case for a industry download chart.

7:20pm – Outside the Box
Key figures from the market’s three established format holders discuss their roles in the brave new digital future.
Host: Tony Mott, Edge
Panellists: Pete Edwards, Director, PlayStation Home, SCE; Neil Thompson, Senior Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Microsoft; TBA, Nintendo

8:00pm – Dinner and Networking


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