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The gaming sector - the North West's best kept secret

Thursday 27th July 2017 at The Foundry, Unit 11 & Unit 12, 325 Ordsall Lane, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 3LW - #bcvideogames

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The gaming sector is the North West’s best kept secret.

While Manchester’s burgeoning technology sector is well known, few people outside the industry fully appreciate the size and sheer potential of the region’s gaming businesses.

Cheshire-based Playdemic recently reported their first $1m sales day with their latest game Golf Clash as they eye up annual turnover of $100m.

The region is now home to thousands of game developers, all striving to launch the next big thing in gaming onto the world, with TT Games alone - part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which bought Playdemic earlier this year - employing around 600.

The rewards for getting it right are massive. Microsoft paid £1.5bn for Minecraft maker Mojang while closer to home Macclesfield company Chillingo published mobile blockbuster franchise Angry Birds.

Playdemic’s CEO Paul Gouge will be speaking at BusinessCloud’s gaming breakfast on July 27 at The Foundry, in Salford, which is being supported by Gameopolis.

Several studios will exhibit their games, including Clever Beans' No.1 smash Wipeout Omega Collection and a demo of its new prototype game; plus indie Odd Bug Studios' 2D PlayStation VR platformer The Lost Bear.

The event runs from 8am to 10am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #bcvideogames.

BELOW: Opportunity to pose a question for the speakers ahead of the event - just click on the hashtag


Paul Gouge, CEO, Playdemic

Paul Rustchynsky, game director, Codemasters

Arthur Parsons, head of design, TT Games

Si Donbavand, development director, Fabrik Games

Cari Kirby, marketing manager, Team Cooper

Greg Robinson, advisor, Boomdash Digital

Annie O'Toole, head of operations, Draw & Code and SwapBots

Simon Smith, development director, Desk Dragons Interactive

Jack Bennett, CEO, Odd Bug Studio

Clayton Carpenter, programming supervisor, PlaygroundSquad

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