Make your mark in the gaming industry - Meet the industry experts on our upcoming panel

Dreaming of a career in the gaming industry, but unsure what pathways will lead to that perfect role? We're bringing in some of the UK's leading game industry experts to tell you how.  

The game industry grew massively during the pandemic and it has shown no signs of stopping. With so many creative avenues to specialise in, more and more people are looking to find their place in this exciting industry, but when the landscape is so competitive, how do you stand out? 

In support of the launch of our new Manchester campus and our brand new Game Development: Art and Game Development: Programming degrees, we'll be answering that question and more in our free online panel on Thursday 26th May. So, let's introduce you to our panel of experts and the insights they'll be sharing on the night. 

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Stephen Hey - Director, HeyStephenHey 

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Stephen has been embedded in the video game industry since 1993, working with brands such as Infogrames, Electronic Arts and Merge Games Ltd. He is a household name in the UK gaming industry, with a vast amount of experience working with both AAA studios and indie studios.

He now focuses on his time on his own business HeyStephenHey; which provides marketing for indie games and is also a key player at Manchester's video game development community, Gameopolis. 

Stephen will be sharing his expansive insights into the industry and moderating the discussion with our other panellists. 

Louise Andrew - Head of Art, d3t Ltd.

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Originally a professional working in scene and prop design for theatre, Louise made the decision to retrain to work in video games at the turn of the millennium and has enjoyed a career spanning over 20 years; working with studios such as Acclaim Entertainment, TT Games and d3t.

In her role as Head of Art at d3t, Louise has spearheaded multiple projects, including the recent remaster of Alan Wake.  

With a background in Fine Art, Louise is passionate about encouraging other artists to explore the exciting opportunities that video games present and educate them on the way that they can break into the industry. 

Lukas Genever - Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Cloud Imperium Games

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With expansive experience in recruiting the next generation of talent within the tech and software industries, Lukas knows who the industry is looking for.

His most recent recruitment efforts have seen him helping to build an enormous team of creatives to work on CIG's ambitious MMO Star Citizen.

Whether you're a beginner or a professional looking to make a career change, Lukas will be able to identify the key steps to making it happen.

Daniel Ledger - Lead Producer, FORMAT

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As lead producer of FORMAT - the UK ’s largest community gaming and nightlife organisation - Dan has been intrinsic to the company's journey.

Working closely alongside FORMAT founder Simran Whitham, Dan has helped foster relationships with some of the biggest game studios, businesses and speakers through their programme of events. 

When community and networking plays such a vital role in the industry, Dan will be primed to share his insights into how to forge lasting connections.


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