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Yorkshire Games Festival 2022

The National Science and Media Museum have just announced the sixth annual Yorkshire Games Festival. It takes place over 12-18 February 2022 and offers a programme of talks, masterclasses and Q&A events with high-profile industry guests, as well as the return of the popular Let’s Play family weekend.

The event has supported the UK’s fast-growing games industry in the North for a long time. It's a week-long extravaganza for developers, gamers, and families. One highlight are the talks, passes for which are available to pre-book via the National Science and Media Museum website.

Speakers will include Bobby Thandi, CEO of XR Games, who will be revealing the do's 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 next year’s line-up. 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.

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, 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 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 National Science and Media Museum website.

Passes for the Yorkshire Games Festival: Game Talks 2022 are now available and can be booked via the Yorkshire Games Festival website. 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.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.