Get involved in The 30 years of PLay Campaign

The 30 Years of Play campaign is open to submissions to everyone from across the industry. We are offering individuals, content creators, events companies, public organisations and other bodies the chance to contribute to our celebration of the past, present and future of our industry with your own activities.

By submitting an activity to the 30 Years of Play campaign, you help us to tell the stories behind our industry. And in return for your support, we’ll make sure to promote your efforts through our site and share your stories on our content channels.

If you’d like to apply to support the 30 Years of Play campaign, fill out our application form here. We aim to be in touch with you within 5-10 days of a submission.


Pocket Gamer Connects

We will be running a “The history of UK mobile gaming” panel at Pocket Gamer Connects in London in January 2019. We’ll explore the history of the British mobile gaming sector, discussing how it has evolved in the smartphone age and what the future holds for mobile games companies in the country.


Interactive Futures

Alex Darby, Darbotron, will be speaking at Interactive Futures on Thursday 31st January about a human perspective on the history of Leamington Spa’s thriving video game industry.


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AI and Games

AI and Games is a YouTube series about research and applications of artificial intelligence in video games. Host Dr Tommy Thompson explores not just how the games industry use AI to craft some of the most celebrated experiences in gaming, but how researchers use games to improve the state of the art in artificial intelligence technology.

Dr Tommy Thompson will be releasing a four-part video series which will include on site interviews with developers Rare, one of the longest-serving UK studios about the making of their online pirate game 'Sea of Thieves' - with a particular focus towards AI. The first episode is due to air on the 11th of March 2019



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Re-Enthused live for the past, shining a light on entertainment from yesterday we bring you articles and videos about TV, Video games and Toys, including the rare, obscure or just forgotten. The present is horrible, the future looks bleak, lets escape to the past.

Re-Enthused already has a host of retro content available on YouTube. The next project will be a video celebrating the games created by 'bedroom coders' in the 8 bit era. Releasing Monday 11th February.




30 Years of Indie

EGX Rezzed gives attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with scores of pre-release games, with a strong focus on indie titles, on both PC and console. Presentations by world-renowned designers grant visitors the inside scoop on the latest games and, with most games demoed by their creators, attendees are often able to chat with developers on the show floor as they play.

This event will take place on Friday 5th April at 11am.


30 Years of Games Careers

How has getting a job in the video games industry changed over the past three decades? And what can those going into the job market learn from the past thirty years to help their job search today? George Osborn, manager of Ukie's 30 Years of Play campaign, draws on stories from leading video game industry figures to answer these questions (and much more).

This event takes place on Thursday 7th March 11:30am at ACC Birmingham, 68 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR.

Tomb Raider: Music In Games And Beyond

Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree returns to Derby for a one-off special event discussing creating music for video games. Nathan will be talking about his career in the video gaming industry and his recent success of crowdfunding £194k through Kickstarter for The Tomb Raider Suite. The Tomb Raider Suite is a 93-minute orchestral work recorded at Abbey Road Studies, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ziegler. Throughout the session Nathan will be sharing video and audio samples for your enjoyment. He will also talk music ownership and how he was able to release his music 20 years later.



30 Years of Casual Games Panel

Taking place in London on 28 - 30 May 2019, Casual Connect looks to explore how your creativity and business can merge to create beautiful games. Learn from over 100 leaders in established and emerging markets of the games industry – covering game design, esports, liveops, publishing, next-generation technology and best practices.

There will be a very special panel dedicated to exploring ‘30 Years of Casual Games’ on the 29th May at 4pm.

Find out how to grab a ticket here.


David Doak - GoldenEye Retrospective

Norwich Games Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of video games, brought to you by The Forum. Explore the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology. Norwich Games Festival returns to The Forum Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June 2019.

We're hosting a whole bunch of talks, events and workshops at this year's Festival - details of which can be found on our website.

Come and join Dr David Doak (Rare, Free Radical Design) on a top security clearance ‘for your eyes only’ trip into the GoldenEye archives. Share his first hand recollections of a unique time in videogame history and speculate on the lessons for today’s developers. More information here.


Develop Brighton

Develop:Brighton has been bringing together the European Game Dev community from global superstars to micro indies - since 2006. Come and learn from your peers and share your experiences, hear from the industry’s leading lights, get up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and industry trends, plus network with over 2,000 game dev professionals.

We will be running a retro gaming panel on Thursday 11th July from 3-3:45pm as part of the 30 Years of Play campaign. Read more about Develop here.