Ian Livingstone is one of world's leading pioneer of interactive entertainment and fiction and Creative Director at Eidos, the UK's leading developer and publisher of video games.
Ian Livingstone co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and subsequently its retail chain and White Dwarf magazine. In 1982 Livingstone, together with Games Workshop co-founder Steve Jackson, created the best-selling role-playing games book series, Fighting Fantasy, which has sold over 16m copies to date.
He made the leap to computer games two years later, designing Eureka, the first title released by publisher Domark in 1984. He returned to the company in the early '90s as a major investor overseeing a merger that created Eidos Interactive, where he was Chairman for seven years. At Eidos he helped secure and bring to market some of its most famous properties including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman. Livingstone became Life President of Eidos for Square Enix, which bought the publisher in 2009, and has creative input in all the Eidos-label games.
He is an active supporter of new and upcoming games talent having invested in Indie studios including Playdemic, Appatyze and Mediatonic. He is also sits on many boards including trade body UKIE, industry charity GamesAid, Skillset games council, BAFTA games committee, the Creative Industries Council and is an advisor to the British Council. Earlier this year, he co-authored the NextGen report for the government urging changes in education policy to assist the UK games development industry.