Gaming network founded

Members of the east of England’s computer games industry have signed up to Games Eden, a business network that will provide specialist support for the sector


More than 70 members of the east of England‘s computer games industry have signed up to Games Eden, a business network that will provide specialist support for the sector.


The network aims to promote, support and develop the region’s digital games entertainment community. It will provide a dedicated local networking group that will facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer both within academic and commercial sectors and inform and discuss the latest developments and opportunities within the industry.


Jeremy Cooke, chief executive of Gameware Development and chair of Games Eden said: ‘The establishment of Games Eden comes at a time when the global communication media are converging as interactive entertainment products become more sophisticated and address wider consumer markets.’


The East of England Development Agency (EEDA), East of England International (EEI), Screen East and FDMX are funding Games Eden over the next two years. It is supported by a steering committee with representatives from Cambridge Wireless, TiGA, EMMA, Gameware Development, Zoonami, Geomerics, Sony, Jagex, Nicetech and Ninja Theory.


It is predicted that by the end of 2007, the global computer games market will be worth £11bn. Within the UK, the east of England has been particularly strong in this sector – companies based at the area’s game development community hub in Cambridge employ about 600 staff.