Jamie's career in the entertainment business spans the BBC, Criterion Games, Codemasters, Virgin Media and Sony Computer Entertainment. He has done tech start-ups, run game studios, been a senior corporate executive and won his fair share of awards, including 4 BAFTAs. He has created new game genres, produced top-rated annual franchises and brought innovation to every company he has been associated with. At Sony he founded and ran the most profitable studio in their global organisation. Jamie has a BA from UEA and an MSc. from York University; he is on the Advisory Board of the Develop Conference and the Children's Media Conference; he sits on the Computer Games Skills Council; was on the board of TIGA for 5 years and is a voting member of BAFTA. Jamie co-founded Mindwave Ventures in 2014 to bring the visual aesthetics, design techniques and engineering smarts of HD games development into the healthcare market.
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A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
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