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Founding father of the UK Games Industry receives honorary award

17 Oct 2019 2:15PM

One of the founding fathers of the UK games industry has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Suffolk.

Ian Livingstone CBE co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop with Steve Jackson in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and later Warhammer.

In 1982, he co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first interactive gamebook in the Fighting Fantasy series which has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide. He wrote 15 of the titles, including City of Thieves, Forest of Doom and Deathtrap Dungeon.

Whilst serving as Executive Chairman of Eidos plc, he launched global video games blockbusters including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Ian has been awarded a BAFTA Special Award for his contribution to the video games industry and said “I feel magnificent; it is a great honour to receive this prestigious award from the University. The world is being transformed by technology and I’m delighted the University is doing so much to promote digital creativity.”

“My message to the students today is do not be afraid of failure; failure is success work in progress. In terms of the games industry, it is a fast, dynamic moving industry driven by technology, innovation and it’s not easy to become successful at first but if you love what you do, you should see that not as a hardship but as a pleasure. If you learn how to code, how to animate, how to design; these are transferable skills even if you don’t stay in the industry you will be set for life in a world that is being transformed by technology.”

“A lot of people who start in the creative industries don’t always understand the business of creativity so my message to them is- do what you’re good at and partner with people to do the stuff you can’t or shouldn’t be doing to help you grow your business. That marriage of business and creativity will set you in good stead to be able to scale what is now a global opportunity, through high-speed broadband you can create goods and services and serve a global audience.”

Students from the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology graduated today, in the last graduation ceremonies of the year. Students were celebrating after being awarded degrees in courses such as Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Design, Digital Film Production, Computer Games Design and Network Engineering.

Brittany Van Wezel graduated today with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She said, “I feel excited as well as relieved today. I hope to get a job in artwork and design for a children’s book. I studied Fine Art as I just wanted to follow something I had a passion in.”

Nicola Bull graduated from the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship Network Engineering course. She said “I did the apprenticeship route through BT and it took four and a half years, working and a day of release to go to university. It was hard work balancing work and study but it was really enjoyable and I got a lot out of it.”

Joe Buckman was awarded a BA (Hons) in Photography. He said, “I feel really pleased and overwhelmed today. I’d like to go on to studio work. The facilities and tutors are great here at the University so I can definitely recommend it.”

1,517 students will be conferred at ceremonies in Ipswich this week. The graduations in Ipswich are the last of 2019. Other ceremonies have already taken place in Bury St Edmunds and Great Yarmouth.

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