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Ian Livingstone

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A pioneer in the UK games industry, multi award-winning Ian Livingstone co-founded Games Workshop which launched Dungeons and Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. Among his many credits he co-created the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, designed the game Eureka and has helped secure and launch numerous franchises including Lara Croft:Tomb Raider. His vast knowledge makes him an ideal keynote speaker.


Ian Livingstone is largely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry.

In 1975 he became co-founder of the iconic games company and retail chain Games Workshop with whom he launched the now legendary Dungeons and Dragons in Europe and went on to co-create The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first in the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series created in 1982. Having achieved major success selling millions of copies, it was followed by Blood of Zombies in 2012 which marked the 30th anniversary of the series.

Other accomplishments include his design of Eureka, the first computer game to be published by Domark in the early 80’s. He joined the company in 1992 as a major investor and director. During this period his role saw him oversee the merger that resulted in the creation of Eidos plc where he held a number of roles and helped to launch the Lara Croft:Tomb Raider franchise.

In 2011, Ian co-authored the Next Gen review, a publication by NESTA recommending the inclusion of computer science in the national curriculum as a compulsory option and later chaired the Next Gen Skills campaign working in league with the government to introduce said new computing curriculum into schools.

The Founder of the Livingstone Foundation, Ian, will in 2020, open two pioneering academies in London and Bournemouth in conjunction with Aspirations, offering a ground-breaking and innovative curriculum for the digital age.

The recipient of numerous awards and honours, he has been listed as 16th among the top most influential people in the UK’s digital economy, written numerous books on his specialist topic, continues to hold a number of executive and non-executive positions on various boards, was made a CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours list, has been awarded a BAFTA Special Award and been bestowed with a number of Honorary Doctorates at various universities.

His presentations cover such topics as; business, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

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