First details of the guest line-up at the inaugural Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Media Museum in Bradford have been announced, with world-renowned names from the games industry confirmed, including three members of YouTube and Twitch network the Yogscast, which boasts more than 20 million subscribers.
Yorkshire Games Festival (9 – 13 November 2016) is a new event announced by the National Media Museum and games business network Game Republic last month. It features three days of industry-focused talks, plus a family weekend celebration of Yorkshire and the UK’s role in the past, present and future of videogaming’s global impact.
The festival welcomes Rhianna Pratchett, scriptwriter for recent Tomb Raider games, Charles Cecil MBE, co-founder of Revolution Games and creator of the Broken Sword series, Warren Spector who was fundamental in the development of Deus Ex and Epic Mickey, Gary Napper, Game Director at Supermassive Games, and Guardian panel discussions with games journalists Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber.
Headlining the family weekend is Hannah Rutherford (@lomadia), contributor to the hugely popular YouTube and Twitch network the Yogscast, which has more than 20 million subscribers and has generated more than six billion views. Hannah’s channel has 1.4 million subscribers and is famous for producing videos about games such as Minecraft, Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed. She will be joined by other Yogscast members Caff and HeyChrissa, answering questions, playing games live on stage and meeting fans.
Festival Director Kathryn Penny said, “Yorkshire and Humber is a huge player in the global games industry, with more than nine per cent of the UK games industry based in the region, and the Yorkshire Games Festival is an unrivalled opportunity to celebrate the great games created here as we welcome an incredible line-up of guests from across the UK and overseas.”
As part of the industry events Rhianna Pratchett will be discussing her award-winning work as a scriptwriter, story designer and general ‘narrative paramedic’ for video games. Rhianna has worked on titles such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 epic Heavenly Sword, EA’s Mirror’s Edge and more recently on Square Enix’s cinematic Tomb Raider game and its follow-up, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Charles Cecil, who co-founded Revolution Software in York in 1990, will be discussing the award-winning narrative-driven adventure games he has created, including Beneath A Steel Sky and the Broken Sword series. His last game, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse, raised $850,000 in crowdfunding and became a huge global hit.
Gary Napper is Game Director at UK developer Supermassive Games, responsible for the hugely successful BAFTA-winning PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn. Gary will be sharing experiences from 16 years in the industry with developers such as EA UK, Bright Light and Criterion, and his role as Design Director on Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation.
Industry legend Warren Spector will be joining the Festival from the USA via a live video link. He has been designing and producing games for more than 30 years, working on such seminal games as sci-fi horror System Shock, future-noir role-playing game Deus Ex (voted the greatest PC game of all time by PC Zone magazine in 2007), and the Epic Mickey titles for Disney Interactive. Most recently he joined OtherSide Entertainment to work on successors to two of his best-loved titles – System Shock and Ultima Underworld.
Special panel talks will be hosted on Wednesday 9 November and Thursday 10 November by The Guardian’s Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber, featuring guests from the day.
Tickets for the Yogscast event with Hannah, Caff and HeyChrissa are on sale now. Visit www.picturehouses.com/cinema/National_Media_Museum/film/meet-yogscast or call 0871 902 5756 to book. Other events will be on sale, along with festival passes, in September.