Leading Scottish law firm, Blackadders, has been announced as the official legal partner for the first-ever Scottish Games Week, showing support for the growing and blossoming games ecosystem throughout the country. Blackadders will be sponsoring the entire roster of Scottish Games Week events taking place across Scotland later this month (24th – 28th of October).
Blackadders is a leading full service law firm known for its trusted and expert team, with over 250 employees and offices throughout Scotland. The firm’s video games team provides specialist legal support to dynamic businesses across the sector, from innovative indie developers to some of the country’s top entrepreneurs. Truly recognising the potential of the games industry in Scotland, Blackadders hope to make this a long-lasting relationship with the event for years to come.
Scottish Games Week is a world-first event created to highlight the amazing talent and potential of Scotland’s pioneering and diverse gaming ecosystem. From design, development and publishing, to education and application, the week will showcase games and their role as Scotland’s secret weapon in the tech sector. The event will also act as a catalyst to support a more connected and collaborative games sector across Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Kirk Dailly, Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial, Blackadders, said: “We are delighted to support the inaugural Scottish Games Week as gold sponsor and exclusive legal partner. It’s a natural fit for us as our Video Games team has a real passion for supporting developers and innovators across the industry, and over the years we have advised on a number of Scotland’s top video games deals. The programme looks very exciting and we can’t wait to play our part.”
Brian Baglow, Founder of the Scottish Games Network and Director of Scottish Games Week said: “The global games market is one of the most dynamic and valuable in the world, with a value of over $200 billion in 2022. The tools and technologies from games are powering the current generation of Hollywood blockbusters and enabling the evolution of the metaverse and our digital future. Blackadders has established a strong presence within this rapidly evolving ecosystem and we were thrilled to welcome them on board as a sponsor. They bring enormous credibility and experience to the event and we’re delighted to have them involved in the programme.”
Scottish Games Week will span the 24th – 28th of October this year, with events including:
More Than Games – 24th October (Barclays Campus, Glasgow)
Designed to onboard an audience unfamiliar with the games ecosystem, More Than Games will host an array of speakers to show the uninitiated just how important games are to Scotland’s tech industry. The event will be taking place at the brand new Barclay’s Campus in Glasgow.
Education Symposium – 25th October (CodeBase, Edinburgh)
A meeting of the minds in academia, the Education Symposium will bring together academics from across Scotland to discuss how important educational institutions are to shape the future generations of game development talent.
SGW Industry Conference – 27th – 28th October (Malmaison Hotel, Dundee)
Taking place at the Malmaison in Dundee over the course of two days, the Scottish Games Week Industry Conference will bring together a large host of those currently or previously involved in the industry, from all over the world. Panels, talks and networking will be the focus, bringing together the many game developers, engineers, storytellers and more that Scotland houses.
Scottish Games Awards – 27th October (Malmaison Hotel, Dundee)
Also occurring at the Malmaison in Dundee, the world-first Scottish Games Awards will truly showcase and reward those currently working in the games industry.
Scottish Games Week is being delivered by the Scottish Games Network and is supported by the Scottish Government’s Ecosystem Fund, delivered as part of its Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review (STER) programme. Blackadders joins Johnston Carmichael as sponsors for this first time event.
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