Scottish Games Week
Thursday 27 October 09:00am ‐ 5:15pm
Friday 28 October 2022 09:00am ‐ 1.15pm
Malmaison Hotel, 44 Whitehall Cres, Dundee, DD1 4AY
Industry Conference Speakers
The Industry Conference is a two-day long event held in Dundee, the beating heart of Scotland’s games community. The conference features founders, pioneers, leaders and innovators from around the world, offering expertise and insight and from the forefront of the global games market.
The key trends from the forefront of games, as well as personal reflection and deep technical understanding are on offer from speakers which range from veteran global Scots, through to up-and-coming studios with their whole future ahead.
No matter your role within the games ecosystem, there’s something for every designer, developer, creator, publisher, educator, academic and organisation within the programme.
Luca has 4 years of experience as professional investors in Games, Esports/Streaming and Digital Sports/Wellness.
As Investment Director at Hiro Capital, Luca is responsible to assess, review and diligence opportunities in these verticals. Engineer by background and top-MA Management class at University of Westminster Business School, Luca’s expertise ranges from KPIs and metrics assessment to financial forecasts and business plan validation.
With many years of experience as market and business analyst Luca believes in the potential of highly scalable and mass market propositions.
David Mullich is a veteran game designer, director, and producer of more than 60 titles over his four-decade career.
His most popular titles include Heroes of Might & Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia for The 3DO Company, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines for Activision, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream for Cyberdreams, and DuckTales for The Walt Disney Company.
More recently, David has focused on consulting and mentoring, serving on the team that developed the Game Design Merit Badge requirements and pamphlet for The Boy Scouts of America and directing the Game Design and Production degree program at The Los Angeles Film School.
He is currently a Game Design Professor at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Simon is an award-winning writer, designer and director who has been innovating in the narrative games space for the best part of 15 years.
His new studio, Stacking Chairs, is creating a bold new wave of third-person adventures aimed at a modern adult gamer market.
Simon brings a wealth of experience from across the creative industries and has worked with numerous games studios in a consultancy capacity for narrative design and IP development.
He is perhaps best known for his own game releases Beckett, which won the Scottish BAFTA and is featured in V&A Dundee’s gallery, and The 39 Steps.
Stephen’s career spans nearly 30 years of games PR, advertising, marketing and latterly the role of Marketing Director at EA studio, Chillingo.
Although Stephen loves games, he is terrible at them, but has a deep understanding of why people play games and what triggers people to buy them.
He is lucky enough to have worked on some stand out games and franchises from Worms, Lego Star Wars, Resident Evil, Cut The Rope and Micro Machines to WWE, FIFA, PES and other acronym based classics.
He now runs games marketing consultancy HeyStephenHey where his clients have included Red Bull, Merge, RevRooms, Northern Ireland Screen, Bossa Studios and Les Enfants Terribles. Stephen is a BAFTA and Ukie member and humbled to be an ambassador for the gamer’s charity, SpecialEffect.
Instagram: @Stephen Hey
Creative Technical Officer
Day 1 Line-Up
*Programme is subject to change*
09:00 - 09:15 | Official Opening of Scottish Games Week Industry Conference with Tom Arthur MSP Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth
Official Opening of Scottish Games Week Industry Conference with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister
09:15 - 09:20 | Welcome to Scottish Games Week with Brian Baglow
Welcome to Scottish Games Week with Brian Baglow, Scottish Games Network
09:20 - 09:25 | Welcome to Scottish Games Week Industry Conference with Chris van der Kuyl CBE, FRSE. Chairman, 4J Studios
Welcome to Scottish Games Week Industry Conference with Chris van der Kuyl CBE, FRSE. Chairman, 4J Studios
09:25 - 10:25 | Superstar Session with Graeme Devine | A history in games
Superstar Session with Graeme Devine
A history in games
10:25 - 10:55 | Session with Dr Helen Mullen & Dr Matthew Barr | Scotland's Games Ecosystem
Session with Dr Helen Mullen & Dr Matthew Barr
Scotland’s Games Ecosystem
10:55 - 11:10 | Break
11:10 - 11:55 | Panel with Johnston Carmichael, Matthew Short, Luca Suma and Audrey Opdycke-Barnes | Building a profitable game business
Panel with Johnston Carmichael, Matthew Short, Luca Suma and Stephen Coleman
Building a profitable game business
11:55 - 12:40 | Panel with Brian Baglow, Elena Hoege, Vaughan Holloway and John Thornewill | Future game superpower: What is Scotland missing?
Panel with Brian Baglow, Elena Hoege, Vaughan Holloway and John Thornewill
Future game superpower: What is Scotland missing?
12:40 - 13:55 | Lunch
13:55 - 14:40 | Superstar Session Kirk Dailly, Blackadders LLP | Ethical Entertainment: how law & culture shape the modern studio
Kirk Dailly, Head of Corporate & Commercial at Blackadders LLP, will be leading an expert panel session at the Industry Conference on Ethical Entertainment: how law & culture shape the modern studio.
Joining Kirk on Thursday are:
- Brian McNicoll, Head of Entrepreneurship, University of Dundee; CEO of 532 Design
- David Greenspan, Adj. Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law; Co-Author of Mastering the Game 2nd ed. (2022)
- Carol Clark, Chief Operating Officer at Tag Games
- David Hamilton, Executive Vice President at Ninja Kiwi
14:40 - 15:10 | Session with Chris Hainsworth | Building a company for scalability
Session with Chris Hainsworth, The Game CFO.
Building a company for scalability
15:10 - 15:25 | Break
15:25 - 15:55 | Session with Luca Suma | How to raise money from a VC: Tips and Processes
Session with Luca Suma, Hiro Capital
How to raise money from a VC: Tips and Processes
15:55 - 16:25 | Session with Chris van der Kuyl CBE, FRSE | The future of publishing
Title Sponsor Session with Chris van der Kuyl CBE, FRSE
The future of publishing
16:25 - 16:40 | Panel with Charly Harbord, Sahil Gupta, Rob Madden, YAHAHA and Marc Williamson | Choosing your poison: In which platform should we invest our time and money?
Panel with Charly Harbord, Sahil Gupta, Rob Madden, Joakim Linna and Marc Williamson
Choosing your poison: In which platform should we invest our time and money?
Day 2 Line-Up
*Programme is subject to change*
08:55 - 09:00 | Welcome to Day 2
09:00 - 10:00 | Superstar Session with David Mullich | Designing Games for Engagement and Expansion.
Superstar Session with David Mullich
Designing Games for Engagement and Expansion.
09:30 - 10:30 | Superstar Fireside Chat: A life in games
With Brian Baglow and Dave Jones, Epic.
11:00 - 11:15 | Break
11:15 - 11:45 | Session with Patty Toledo, 4Players
More information coming soon.
11:45 - 12:15 | Session with Lisa Bennet | From mobile games to the metaverse. How communications has evolved
Session with Lisa Bennet, Scotland Director, Dimoso
From mobile games to the metaverse. How communications has evolved
12:15 - 13:15 | Panel: Gaming of the future: where is the game industry going?
With Lisa Bennet, Dimoso
Stephen Hey, HeyStephenHey
Simon Meek, The Secret Experiment
Brentton White, North Sea Games
Mitchell Baxter, Lazy Monday Games
Douglas Hare, Outplay
Created and organised by the Scottish Games Network, with support from the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem Review (STER) fund.