Come and listen to an industry legend!
Ian Livingstone is the Life President at Eidos and a leading pioneer of interactive entertainment. In 1975 he founded Games Workshop Ltd with Steve Jackson and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. In 1977 he launched White Dwarf, the UK’s first interactive games magazine, and was its editor for 5 years. In 1982, again with Steve Jackson, he wrote the first in the series of Fighting Fantasy interactive gamebooks that sold over 15 million copies in 23 languages, including his own best-selling Deathtrap Dungeon.
He has written more than 20 books and has also invented many board games including Legend of Zagor, Boom Town, Automania, Judge Dredd and Battlecars. In 1992 he became Deputy Chairman of computer games company Domark. In 1995 he was instrumental in the merger and flotation of Domark with technology company Eidos and was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of the new interactive entity Eidos plc, a position he served until 2002.
At Eidos – one of the UK’s leading developers and publishers of video games – he has helped to secure many of the company’s major franchises including Tomb Raider, Championship Manager and Hitman. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Abertay Dundee. In 2002 he was awarded the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry.
Wednesday 7/4 @15.00