Ian Livingstone

The Fine Art Curator and his Selected Talent

Altrincham-born, BAFTA award winning Ian Livingstone CBE, is one of the biggest names in the UK games industry. After designing Eureka, the first computer game ever published by Domark, he joined the company as investor and director, overseeing the merger that created Eidos plc, where he was Executive Chairman and helped secure major franchises such as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider".

Ian co-founded “Games Workshop” in 1975, launched Dungeons and Dragons in the UK, with an exclusive distribution licence and co-created the “Fighting Fantasy” gamebook series, which has sold over 17 million copies to date.

In 2011, he co-authored the NextGen review, recommending changes in education policy to bring computer science to the national curriculum. Currently, he’s an investor in Appatyze, an advertising company dedicated to helping developers of Facebook games make some money from their products, and is Chair of Pandemic Games. He is also in the process of launching a fleet of schools specialising in making coding and computer science fun. 

In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th “Most Influential Person in UK’s digital economy”. 

Fighting Fantasy