BAFTA’s Games Question Time event comes to Sheffield

Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of the British videogames industry, Games Britannia, is giving people the chance to ask a panel of industry experts about the issues facing the industry at a free event at Sheffield Hallam University.

For the first time ever, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) are bringing their Games Question Time event to a venue outside of London.
The Games Britannia videogames education and careers festival has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to bring the BAFTA event to Sheffield on the evening of the festival’s opening day.

Games Britannia organiser Mark Hardisty said: “This is a chance to ask a stellar panel of renowned luminaries and experts about the issues affecting the rapidly-evolving videogame industry.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most influential and creative people in the games industry today.”

Taking part in the event is BAFTA Games Committee member Andy Payne OBE , who is also Chairman of UKIE, GamesAid, and The Mastertronic Group, and leader of games developer consortium AppyNation.

Andy said: “Games Britannia is a truly unique and ground-breaking week long event focused on our next generation of games creators. We are very pleased to be working with the Games Britannia team to bring the BAFTA Question Time format to Sheffield. This is BAFTA’s first regional Games Question Time event and there are more planned in 2012.”

The panel also includes Charles Cecil MBE (creator of the Broken Sword series of games, designer of the BBC Dr Who Adventure Games and founder of Revolution Software), Maria Stukoff (academic partnership manager for SONY Computer Entertainment Europe), and Sean Millard (Creative Director at SUMO Digital).
The BAFTA Games Question Time event takes place 6-8pm in the Pennine Theatre, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, on Monday 2 July.

Tickets are free and can be booked through the Games Britannia website: www.gamesbritannia.com/bafta

Also at Games Britannia, BAFTA will be hosting a workshop for 11-16 year-olds on Wednesday 4 July in support of the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

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