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Upping Your Game workshop to be held at Abertay

24 September 2014

The event is free and open to all, but places are limited. To book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.

The creative ambition of Scotland’s computer games industry will be highlighted at Upping your Game: a workshop on IP and business models for the video games industry, on Thursday 25 September.

The event at Abertay University will be hosted by Creative Scotland, Abertay University, and the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity at the University of St Andrews.

Speakers from industry, academia and legal and enterprise organisations will address IP and business sustainability, investment and funding opportunities, and avenues for engaging with other sectors in the UK and internationally.

The afternoon contains three sessions led by expert panels: Building your Game, looking at business models and intellectual property; Financing your Game, discussing investment opportunities, public funding and tax relief; and Engaging your Game, explaining how games companies can connect with other sectors.

Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development at Abertay University, said: “Scotland’s games industry is phenomenally creative, but this can be a very difficult sector to build a successful, sustainable business.

“We are bringing together highly experienced game developers, business and academic experts for this event to consider the opportunities and challenges.

“This will help companies of all shapes and sizes play more effectively for their future and the contribution their success will make to Scotland as a distinctive creative nation.”

Morgan Petrie, a Portfolio Manager at Creative Scotland, said: “Recent research shows that the games sector in Scotland is bouncing back after a difficult couple of years. Although there is a strong business support network in Scotland there are still challenges in accessing finance for generating new creative content.

“Creative Scotland’s new Open Project Funding which is being launched at the end of September is primarily aimed at enhancing cultural life across Scotland with the use of National Lottery Funds. Demonstrating public benefit could provide an opportunity for game developers, but we also have a small amount of targeted funds for the creative industries and I’ll be gathering ideas on the day to help inform how these can best be used.”

Expert speakers include Marc Williamson from Tag Games, Colin Anderson from Denki and Joyce Matthews from Scottish Enterprise.

The event is free and open to all, but places are limited. To book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.

The event is supported by additional funding from the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).


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