Ian is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975 with Steve Jackson, launching ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ in Europe, ‘Warhammer’ and the Games Workshop retail chain.
He co-authored ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain’ with Steve Jackson in 1982, the first interactive gamebook in the Fighting Fantasy series which have sold 20 million copies worldwide. He has written 15 books including international bestseller, ‘Deathtrap Dungeon’. Part book, part game, a Fighting Fantasy gamebook empowers the reader through choice and are acknowledged for improving children’s critical thinking and literacy levels. His new book, ‘Assassins of Allansia’, is published by Scholastic.
In 1995 he co-led the merger that created Eidos plc where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002, and later as Creative Director. At Eidos he launched several major video games franchises including ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’. From 2012-2017, he served as Non-Executive Chairman of Playdemic, developers of the blockbuster mobile game ‘Golf Clash’. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Sumo Group plc.
He is a leading advocate for ‘the power of play’ through games-based learning and digital creativity. In 2011 co-authored the Livingstone-Hope Next Gen review published by NESTA, recommending changes in ICT education policy to include computer science in the national curriculum. He chaired the Next Gen Skills campaign, working with government to introduce the new Computing curriculum in schools in 2014. In association with Aspirations Academies Trust, he is opening The Livingstone Academy in Bournemouth in 2021.
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