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Yorkshire Games Festival 2022: Festival passes on sale and first speakers announced

The National Science and Media Museum is excited to announce that Yorkshire Games Festival will be returning for its sixth year on 12–18 February 2022.

The festival will feature a packed programme of talks, masterclasses and Q&A events featuring high-profile industry guests, as well as the return of the popular Let’s Play family weekend.

Serving as a bastion for the UK’s fast-growing games industry in the North, the week-long extravaganza is for developers, gamers and families alike, with a variety of events pitched at all ages and levels of interest.

The highlight of the festival is the impressive line-up of Game Talks, which will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022. Passes for Game Talks are now available to book on the Yorkshire Games Festival webpage.

The event will include a range of exciting talks from leaders in the games industry, who will help attendees further their knowledge and employability in this fast-moving sector. The talks will explore everything from user testing and raising funding to character art for VR, sound and identity in gaming, narrative design, and games and innovation.

Speakers will include Bobby Thandi, CEO of XR Games, who will be revealing the dos and don’ts of raising investment for games studios, including: what people need to get ready before investment; what to expect during the process; red and green flags regarding potential investors; the questions they need to answer, and the questions they will be asking.

Senior Character Artist Nele Steenput will also join the 2022 lineup. With over six years’ experience in the games industry, Nele was head of art at Cooperative Innovations, specialising in character art, design and leading the art team on titles such as Spaceteam VR. She has experience working on a range of styles and aesthetics for different game genres and will be sharing her varied knowledge with the Game Talks audience.

Finally, David Sheppard, Lead User Experience Designer at Ubisoft Leamington, will be delivering a talk titled ‘The Role of UX in Gaming’ where he will delve into better gameplay experiences, breaking down the player-centric development process and leveraging psychology and human sciences. David has more than 20 years’ experience of working with UX and UI across gaming, automotive and creative industries, including for the likes of Codemasters and Jaguar Land Rover.

The full programme of Game Talks speakers will be announced in the new year.

Festival Director Kathryn Penny comments:

“We are delighted to see the Yorkshire Games Festival return in person in 2022 after moving last year’s festival online due to Covid-19 restrictions. Next year’s festival will welcome a whole host of inspiring speakers working at the centre of the games world. As always, our Game Talks will encourage games fans of all levels of experience to take the leap into this fast-moving industry and equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to develop a successful career in gaming.

“We are also excited to see the return of our Let’s Play weekend and Young Developers Conference. These events will give younger gamers and their families the chance to explore the latest boundary-pushing videogames as well as hearing about amazing opportunities available in the games industry. We will be releasing more details about the full programme of activities in the new year—so watch this space!”

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February 2022 the museum will also be bringing back the popular Let’s Play family weekend where younger visitors can beta-test new developments from Northern developers, compete in an esports tournament and discover new games.

On Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February 2022, the museum will host the Young Developers Conference which is aimed at Key Stage 3 students and is designed to engage the games industry’s youngest and brightest stars. Young game fans can challenge their classmates to solve a variety of problems, testing their skills and giving them new methods and approaches that will help them achieve their potential in STEM subjects.

More information about the Let’s Play and Young Developers Conference programmes will be announced soon and current details can be found on the Yorkshire Games Festival webpage.

Passes for Yorkshire Games Festival: Game Talks 2022 are now available and can be booked via the the Yorkshire Games Festival webpage. Details of the full Game Talks programme as well as activities for the Let’s Play weekend will be announced in the new year. Sign up to the Yorkshire Games Festival newsletter to be the first to hear more.


Notes for editors

For more details, please contact Katie Canning, Communications Manager, National Science and Media Museum: / 01274 203 027

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen. Entry to the museum is free.

Yorkshire Games Festival showcases some of the greatest talent and titles from across the videogames spectrum from the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire, in partnership with games business network Game Republic.

The festival is designed to provide gamers and budding game makers unrivalled access to the industry, offering insights into all aspects of the games industry from award-winning studios, and hosting live shows and events showcasing a wealth of games and activities.

Yorkshire Games Festival also dedicates a day to school groups, aiming to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the many aspects of videogame design, development and coding.

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