Coventry & Warwickshire is home to a large concentration of gaming studios which support a wide base of contractors and is creating highly skilled, productive jobs and opportunities throughout the region.
The towns of Leamington, Southam and Warwick form one of the largest video game, serious games and virtual reality clusters in the UK. Dubbed 'Silicon Spa', some 50 gaming studios employ over 1,500 people, making up 10% of the UK games industry and generating around £188 million in GVA. These businesses are responsible for many of the best known titles in the world, including console blockbusters like Forza Horizon and Guitar Hero Live, mobile hits like Warhammer, Sonic Jump and Freeblade, and innovative PC titles such as LA Cops.
Helen Routledge, CEO of Totem Learning is sector lead for Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival. Helen is known as one of the most sought after serious games designers globally. Known for creating award-winning, effective and engaging gamified solutions with proven ROI that will improve your organisation's learning and development. At her heart, Helen is an Instructional Games Designer and specialises in the design and development of engaging Gamification and Serious Games. With over 15 years experience of applying behavioural and cognitive theories to highly-interactive serious games.
"Coventry and Warwickshire is a vibrant community of innovators from well-established game developers through to micro businesses punching well above their weight.
Games Development and Serious Games companies are producing products and services for the global market and putting Coventry and Warwickshire firmly on the map. This highly skilled and productive community is central for supporting businesses across the UK and beyond to realise their potential."
This year has events for indie games developers, young people thinking of a career in the gaming world and hands-on sessions on why games work and how they can benefit their business and much more.