Games industry careers in focus for students at Interactive Futures 2020

Game development icons John & Brenda Romero will share careers advice with students at an Interactive Futures 2020 conference & EXPO

John and Brenda Romero, founders of the BAFTA Award-winning studio Romero Games, have been confirmed as headline speakers at the event.

The two-day conference and expo will showcase to the industry and to the general public the rich seam of talent and opportunity within the Leamington Games Hub and will highlight the region’s heritage within the UK video games industry, its talent and creativity, the unrivalled community of indie and major studios, and career opportunities for students and for those already working in games and beyond.

Conference topics will include Levelling Up: What skills and qualifications are required for a career in games; How we made it: Young indie developers discuss their careers; Beyond coding: Why there’s a career in games for everyone and much more.

John Romero is an award-winning game development icon whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. He is the ‘father of first-person shooters’ having led the design and contributed to the programming and audio design of the iconic and genre-defining games DOOM, Quake, Heretic and Hexen. John has co-founded eight successful game companies, including id Software.

Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright award recipient who entered the video game industry in 1981. As a designer, she has worked on 47 games and contributed to many seminal titles, including the Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series and titles in the Ghost Recon, Dungeons & Dragons and Def Jam franchises.

Romero Games is currently producing the highly-anticipated upcoming 1920s gangster strategy game Empire of Sin, which will be published by Paradox Interactive in spring 2020.

The Interactive Futures conference programme will highlight how to finance your game and studio and How Leamington became one of the biggest games hubs in the UK. There will be career opportunities during which John and Brenda will be on hand to help guide attendees on the best way forward for their professional goals.

Interactive Futures 2020 takes place on January 31 and February 1 at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington.

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