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Ian Livingstone

 

Others say

"It was a real honour to welcome Ian Livingstone to the Bradford Animation Festival 2009 to deliver the keynote talk on his life in the games industry. Ian tales of his experiences working across table-top gaming, choose-your-own-adventure fiction and iconic videogames franchises such as Tomb Raider captivated and inspired the festival audience. Ian Livingstone is a true pioneer in interactive entertainment and his appearance was a real coup for Bradford."
National Media Museum

"Very informative and inspiring speaker and the audience at the conference were motivated hearing about his creative journey."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, and the government's Businesses’ Creative Industries Champion.

In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK’s digital economy, and in 2015 he was listed as one of the 500 most influential people in UK in The Sunday Times.

He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.

He co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold over 17 million copies to date in 30 languages.

He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984. He joined the board in 1992 as a major investor, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995 where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002.  At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

"He was great, very knowledgeable in his field and very passionate."
The Field Agency

He co-authored the Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, recommending changes in ICT education policy, spearheading a campaign that led to the introduction of the new Computing curriculum in Schools.

He is Founder of The Livingstone Foundation, Chairman of Playdemic Ltd, Chairman of Midoki Ltd, Chairman of PlayMob Ltd, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Vice Chair of UKIE, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an Adviser to the British Council.

He was appointed OBE in 2006, and received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry. He was appointedCBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Speaking Topics

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Inspirational

For further information or to book Ian Livingstone, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Ian Livingstone

Question:

How did the corporate speaking start?

Answer:

Various people and organisations wanted to know more about my life in games.

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

Not really except I was quite nervous. It was many years ago.

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

London College of Communication on 10th February 2010. I signed autographs after it.

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

Mumbai, India 2008 speaking to 2,500 students. They cheered enthusiastically throughout.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

The next Tomb Raider movie premiere (if there was one)

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Bill Gates

Question:

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

Answer:

Six to ten

Question:

Do you use powerpoint?

Answer:

Yes, but no boring text. Pictures and video only!

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Yes, the more the merrier

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

Lara Croft’s father and Life President of Eidos, author and self-confessed Games Geek

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

Yes

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

My life in Games

Question:

Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

Can be interactive for younger audiences who understand games.

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

Yes. Lots of Lara Croft amusing anecdotes.

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

Bladerunner Director’s Cut

Question:

Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

Can be interactive for younger audiences who understand games

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Maldives

Question:

What’s your tipple?

Answer:

Fine red wine

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Townie

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