Get Into Gaming - Leeds International Festival

11 May
11:00 - 16:00

Get Into Gaming

Get the inside-track on the UK gaming industry from those in the know.

The UK games industry is worth more than £5billion, and a staggering 9% of the games industry is based here! That encapsulates more than 150 amazing companies, such as Rockstar Leeds (Grand Theft Auto), Sumo Digital (Crackdown 3) and Team17 (Worms).

If you’re interested in getting into the games industry yourself, then be sure to come along to this L19 event, whatever your age – whether you’re in primary school, university, or in a completely different career!

Hear from experienced industry experts about some of the jobs that are available in the industry and what they involve on a day-to-day basis, with various talks and an industry panel where you can ask questions.



Whether it’s programming, game design, art and animation, sound and music, or being a YouTuber or professional gamer, Get Into Gaming will help you discover more about getting into a career in the games industry.

You’ll also be able to join in friendly workshops on how to make various kinds of games, try out an incredible new VR experience and play some fantastic new games made by developers based in Yorkshire and across the UK.

The games industry is one of the most exciting, inclusive and fastest-growing creative industries – find out how you could get more involved in this special Leeds International Festival event!


Talk Schedule

11.30 Alysia Judge, Freelance Video Producer & Presenter –
“Getting Started in Games Media” plus Q&A

12.00 Chloe Crookes, Team17 – “QA Testing in the Games
Industry” plus Q&A

12.30 Lunch break

1.00 Jamie Sefton, Game Republic – “The Yorkshire Games Industry”

1.30 Ensemble speaker TBC

2.00 Get Into Gaming panel – hosted by Simon Barratt,
Cooperative Innovations & featuring Milena Koljensic (Epic),
Louise Chamberlain (Cooperative Innovations), Katy Marshall (Digital
Maker) plus Ensemble speaker

2.30 End of talk programme


Workshop Schedule

11.30 – 12.30 Making Games with Paper! by Stuart Lilford, University of Hull/Scared
Square Games – The Tetley, 20 people

1.30 – 2.30 Making Games with Paper! by Stuart Lilford, University of Hull, Scared
Square Games – The Tetley, 20 people

11.00 – 4.00 Mass Level Make! Create your own platformer with Impact Gamers
Drop-in workshops in The Cube

Event partners

Standard Tickets

Saturday 11 May 11:00 - 16:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Concession Tickets

Saturday 11 May 11:00 - 16:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Best suited for ages 8 upwards.


Come and join the BAFTA mentor award winning Impact Gamers team as they show you basics of level design and testing as you make a platform game.

Position the items, test the level, draw your artwork then we’ll add it into one mega festival game to be played at home.

Based in Cambridge, Katy Marshall is a freelance digital artist exploring the different areas of art, design and making with tech. Her time is split, sometimes balanced and sometimes chaotic, with game or graphic design projects, digital making or creating and running workshops. Katy & Alex will be bringing mini arcade machines with fun and quirky games Shump, Narcissus and Corporate Salmon!

Alex Johansson, meanwhile, is an app developer who specialises in knocking out bizarre arcade like video games for web and hand-held devices. With four successful releases and more in the works, Johansson also dabbles in creating quirky custom controllers and writing educational content. Katy & Alex will be bringing mini arcade machines with fun and quirky games Shump, Narcissus and Corporate Salmon!

Alysia Judge is a freelance video producer and presenter, having worked for IGN, Nintendo, Sky, BBC Newsbeat and BAFTA as a video games expert, while her written work has been published in The Guardian, BBC, PC Gamer and Official PlayStation Magazine. Alysia’s talk focuses on the games media, which is fast paced, competitive, and strewn with the occasional banana skin – it’s basically career Mario Kart! Like sitting at the start line on Rainbow Road, accelerating forward can be the tricky part, so Alysia outlines some of the many opportunities in games media – from writing news and investigative journalism, to video production and livestreaming.

Chloe Crookes from Wakefield-based games company Team17, creators and publishers of games including Worms, Overcooked and My Time at Portia, gives an insight into a vital part of the games development cycle, and what it really means to be a games tester.

Stuart Lilford from Scared Square Games and the University of Hull hosts an hour-long workshop where you have the opportunity to design games using paper! This is the technique that many games designers use for creating videogames, and is a fantastic way to learn how to make fun, imaginative and original games.