– First Games Finance Market secures acclaimed studio’s founder for opening address
– Credits for The Chinese Room include Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, nominated for 10 accolades at this year’s upcoming BAFTA Video Game Awards
– First-of-its-kind Games Finance Market will see over 450 developer-investor meetings take place across two days
Dan Pinchbeck, founder of The Chinese Room and co-creator of Everybody’s Gone To the Rapture – last week nominated for 10 BAFTA Video Games Awards – will deliver the opening keynote address at the very first Games Finance Market in April.
The Games Finance Market is a first-of-its-kind event for games developers in London and the UK, matching 30 qualifying games companies with 30 investors. The Games Finance Market will take place 5 April to 7 April at The Grange City Hotel, part of the London Games Festival.
In an on-stage interview Pinchbeck will offer the 120+ delegates and industry guests an insight into working as a successful developer using different funding sources and partners. The Chinese Room has created a number of famed mods and the acclaimed games Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, working with a diverse mix of partners such as the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Frictional Games, Creative Europe and PlayStation.
Michael French, senior games programme executive of Games London, organiser of the Games Finance Market and the London Games Festival said: “The opening keynote for our inaugural event will set the tone not just for the day ahead but the years to follow. There’s no one better than Dan and The Chinese Room to inspire our delegates with their experiences in using key funding and financial support to create powerful, provocative and also lucrative digital experiences. Games Finance Market is all about connecting great ideas to funding, so hearing Dan’s experiences will be a perfect opening for us.”
Taking place over two days (6 and 7 April), the Games Finance Market will see 30 games studios and 30 investors meet for over 450 pre-arranged meetings. Representatives from leading private equity firms, tax-structured financiers, banks, international sale companies, publishers, games platforms and distributors will be amongst the accredited delegates.
The day prior, April 5, includes the Games Finance Summit – a special conference and training event dedicated to helping games studios understand games financing and investments – plus the Finance Market’s evening icebreaker drinks.
The Games Finance Market and Games Finance Summit are sponsored by UK Games Fund and Pollen VC.
The Games Finance Market is part of the new London Games Festival which runs April 1 to 10. London Games Festival is organised by Games London, an initiative delivered jointly by Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and games trade body Ukie. Backed by the Mayor of London, with funding worth £1.2m from the London Enterprise Panel, Games London is a new three-year programme to promote the UK’s wider games sector and make London the games capital of the world. Other key events in the LGF schedule include Now Play This at Somerset House (1 – 3 April), a special series of summits, the BAFTA Game Awards (7 April) and EGX Rezzed (7 – 9 April), plus a Fringe of 20 alternative events.
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