The co-founder and CEO of award-winning international games label Team17 Debbie Bestwick MBE will be delivering the keynote at this year’s Games Finance Market.
The industry veteran and pioneer will be sharing the lessons she has learned on the path to Team17 becoming the biggest UK games publisher, including how to scale a small company and attract investment with over 150 delegates assembled for the Games Finance Market.
Bestwick co-founded Team17 in 1990 having previously worked in video games indie retail. She launched the multi-award winning Worms in the mid ’90s, a franchise that has sold/downloaded over 75m units since. She helped move the developer into self-publishing on mobile and digital downloads in the early 2000s, completed a MBO of the company in 2011 and launched Team17’s games Label in 2013 making Team17 one of the prolific indie labels in Europe.
In 2016, she was made an MBE for her services to the computer games industry and helped secure £16.5m in investment for Team17.
The Games Finance Market runs from Wednesday 5 April to Thursday 6 April and takes place at The Grange Tower Bridge. The event will see investors and publishers meeting with games developers; there is over £500m in potential investment at the Market.
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