MCV Jobs Weekly: Ukie names new head of public affairs

Tim Scott joins from London First, Games London gains Calvin and Thursten departs Future Publishing.

Ukie appoints new head of public affairs

Tim Scott has been revealed as the new head of public affairs at video games trade body Ukie.

Part of Scott’s role will see him work with figures in parliament concerning negotiations for post-Brexit video games industry policy. He starts the job today.

He joins Ukie from London First, where he served as programme director for tech and creative industries. Prior to that he worked in the creative industries and technology sectors of the civil service at the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

He was previously involved in the implementation of UK video games tax relief, and also worked with the NextGen Skills Campaign on its ICT curriculum revamp.

 “The interactive entertainment sector is the jewel in the crown of the UK creative economy, encompassing some of the most dynamic, innovative and advanced businesses around. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the best and look forward to 2017 being a great year for the UK games industry,” Scott said.

Ukie CEO Jo Twist added: “Tim has a strong track record of running successful campaigns and has long been a champion of the needs of the creative tech industries that Ukie represents.

“He will be a fantastic asset to the UKIE team and I look forward to working with him during this crucial year for games, and as we continue to secure our position as the best place in the world to make and sell games.” 

Calvin joins Games London

Former MCV deputy editor Alex Calvin has left the publication to join Games London as content editor. Reporting to Games London’s head of games Michael French, Calvin will be responsible for promoting the upcoming London Games Festival and its programme of events. 

French stated: “I’m pleased to welcome Alex to Games London and to have him onboard promoting and covering London Games Festival 2017. I know from working with him in the past that he can be relied on to deliver high-quality work, and that he will be invaluable in helping the festival reach this year’s goal of 50,000 attendees.” 

Thursten departs Future Publishing

Chris Thursten has departed PC Gamer at Future Publishing to pursue freelance work. 

He joined the publication in 2012 as staff writer, before rising through the ranks to become video editor, deputy editor, acting editor and finally editor of PC Gamer Pro, the publication’s competitive gaming channel. 

Thursten stated: “I’m proud of my five years on PC Gamer, but I’m looking forward to working more broadly within the industry – and even doing some writing outside of games. I’ll also be looking to help indie developers with PR and marketing while starting work on my own projects.”

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