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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Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
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.
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.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
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!
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