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EIF was launched to a group of industry luminaries who went up to Edinburgh during the festival in 2002, care of Tiga CEO Fred Hasson, and Scottish Enterprise, who subsequently backed the event with a grant to get it started in 2003.

The first Chair in 2003 was Tom Stone, then at Lego Interactive, followed by Greg Ingham in 2004 and 2005. Chris Deering took charge from 2006-10, and 2011 will see David Yarnton, MD of Nintendo UK, take the helm.

Originally called EIGF (Edinburgh International Games Festival), in 2006 the event changed its name to Edinburgh Interactive. The festival prides itself in covering emerging areas of interactivity and content.

Edinburgh Interactive brings a mix of business, education and fun through a focused industry conference, a selection of free public screenings of new games and technology plus public sessions and information on how to get involved in interactive entertainment.

Targeted at high level business professionals, the Edinburgh Interactive Conference brings together the crème de la crème of the interactive entertainment industry, to discuss the current trends, opinions, and future of one of the fastest growing sectors of the creative economy.

Edinburgh Interactive offers public screenings of new games and technology, with the added extra of having access to sessions given from industry professionals, and information on education and careers in interactive entertainment.

Edinburgh Interactive is managed by an Executive committee and a board drawn from all areas of the Interactive Entertainment industry, including publishers, developers and the main industry trade body: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE)

EIGF Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation.

Committee members

David Yarnton, Chairman, Edinburgh Interactive
Chris Deering, Industry Champion
Sean Dromgoole, CEO, Some Research & GameVision
Alexa Turness, Event Director, Edinburgh Interactive
Matt Rothman, Managing Partner, Hemisphere Capital
Peter Cowley, Founder & CEO, Spirit Digital Media
Fred Hasson, Executive Director, Games Capital Ltd
Ren Reynolds, Virtual Policy Network