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Investec UK hosts a regular podcast series in which they chat to the leading lights of the UK’s finech and games sector, discussing their current businesses, their outlook for the sectors as a whole, and also delving into their back stories and how they arrived at their current positions.
In this episode, Mark James, Managing Director of Fintech at Investec UK, speaks to a true pioneer in the global video gaming industry. Sir Ian co-founded Games Workshop in 1975, exiting in 1991 before embarking on a remarkable career in the video games industry. Along the way he has written multiple Fighting Fantasy gamebooks which have sold over 21 m copies worldwide. His latest book is a personal memoire called Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop.
In 1995 he co-led the merger which created video games publisher Eidos plc launching blockbuster titles including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Hitman and Deus Ex. As an angel investor he has invested in many games studios including Golf Clash developers Playdemic Ltd which achieved unicorn status, and Fall Guys developers Mediatonic. He was Chairman of Sumo Group plc until its sale to Tencent in 2022. He is currently a General Partner of venture capital fund HIRO Capital.
Who better, then, to ask about his outlook for the games sector?