60 "world-renowned investors and game funders" are expected to attend the fourth annual Games Finance Market as part of the upcoming London Games Festival.
While the Games Finance Market is set to run on April 3rd and 4th, the London Games Festival spans beyond that, kicking off on April 2nd and running until the 14th.
Investors such as Accel, Balderton Capital, BigBen Interactive, Chucklefish, DMM, ExWorks Capital, Finstock Capital, Gameforge, Kowloon Nights, Private Division, and Triple Dragon are expected to attend the Finance Market. They join already-confirmed attendees All 4 Games, Altered VC, Authentic Media Group, BFI, Curve Digital, Goldfinch Entertainment, Greenlight Games, Green Man Gaming Publishing, ID@Xbox, Microsoft, London Venture Partners, Marvelous Europe, Miniclip, Northern Ireland Screen, PlayStack and SEGA.
In a press release, the event organisers say recent research indicates that the "global appetite for games investments is soaring", with $5.7bn spent on games companies in 2018 – double the amount spent in 2017.
Applications are now closed for developers but for more, head on over to http://gfm.games.london.
This year’s London Games Festival will be bigger than ever, with 2019’s edition running from April 2nd to April 14th across the nation’s capital. LGF 2018 brought in some 65,000 people, attending 40 different events across 20 venues, and featured around 400 games in total being shown off. This level of success has prompted organisers to push for bigger, longer, and more in 2019.
The festival, run by Games London (an initiative from Film London) and Ukie, has so far attracted in the region of £40 million in potential investments to games businesses both in London and across the UK as a whole. London Games Festival 2019 will see plenty of events returning, like the LGF Hub and Now Play This, which show off prototypes and start-ups, or allow visitors to play experimental styles of games respectively. There’s also the returning tie-in with both EGX Rezzed, the indie games showcase, and the BAFTA Games Awards.