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The Great Debate @ Edinburgh Interactive 2011

The Great Debate:  This House believes…

That the UK Games Industry is one life away from Game Over

5th August 2011 - London, United Kingdom – Edinburgh Interactive announces details and participants for this year’s Great Debate, chaired as always, by our own industry legend, Ian Livingstone!

The games industry has been great for Great Britain. We hit the ground running and at one stage a fifth of the world’s video games were made here. The decline has been steep. Once mighty publishers have imploded or had their ownership taken offshore. A once thriving development sector now has to watch as its most talented core is transplanted to where the pay is higher and the taxes lower. Are we now able to look beyond the tipping point and see the abyss? Or is that just the gloom-mongers? Will doughty, earnest, innovative, punch-above-its-weight Britain triumph again. Have we still got what it takes in this bigger better connected world. You be the judge…

Chaired, as always, by the inimitable Ian Livingstone four industry heavyweights will battle it out! 2 for: 2 against. Arguments will be raised and trashed and then it’s up to you to vote. Don’t miss this year’s Great Debate.

Motion proposed by Fred Hasson (Games Capital) and Sean Dromgoole (GameVision) and opposed by Graham Brown Martin (Learning without Frontiers) and Rob Lowe (Nintendo)

According to Mr Livingstone, ‘The Great Debate is always a highlight at Edinburgh Interactive. It is a serious debate with a light-hearted feel concerning very topical issues about our industry. The cut and thrust of knowledgeable speakers is brilliant. I thoroughly enjoy ridiculing both sides before letting the audience decide who wins the motion. Certainly one not to be missed!’

Edinburgh Interactive, currently in its 9th year, is taking place from the 11th – 12th August at The Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh. Tickets are available for just £175 + VAT from www.edinburghinteractive.co.uk.

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Contacts:

For all enquiries, please contact Alexa Turness, Edinburgh Interactive Event Director on +44 (0) 7990 522 004 / +44 (0) 207 534 0580 or by email, alexa@edinburghinteractive.co.uk

About Edinburgh Interactive

Now celebrating its ninth successful year, Edinburgh Interactive, taking place at The Radisson Blu Hotel on the 11th & 12th August,  is powered up to showcase the continued popularity, growth and influence of video games. And this year, the Interactive Festival is more synchronised with the world famous Edinburgh Festival than ever, appealing to the press, public and professionals from film, television and interactive media backgrounds alike, offering a bigger event for delegates, more consumer focusing – an overall spectacle for all.

As ever, Edinburgh Interactive wouldn’t be complete without the cornerstones of conferences, keynotes, panel sessions, debates, games screenings and even more people than ever jostling to get through the doors.

Edinburgh Interactive is managed by an Executive committee and a board drawn from all areas of the games industry, including publishers, developers and the two industry trade bodies: The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) http://www.tiga.org and the UK Interactive Entertainment Association (UKIE) http://www.ukie.org.uk. EIGF Ltd is the non-profit company behind the festival.

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