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Ian Livingstone

Ian Livingstone CBE


Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry.
He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.


He co-created Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in 1982, which have sold over 17 million copies to date. His Blood of the Zombies marked the 30th anniversary of the series.
He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984, and joined the company in 1992 as a major investor and director, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995, where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.


He co-authored the Next Gen review in 2011 published by Nesta, recommending changes in ICT education policy to bring computer science into the national curriculum as an essential discipline.


In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK’s digital economy.


He is an Angel investor in UK Indie games studios including Playdemic, Mediatonic, PlayMob and Midoki.


He is currently Life President of Eidos, Vice Chair of UKIE, Chair of Playdemic, Chair of PlayMob, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.


He was appointed OBE in 2006, and has also received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry.

He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

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