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From Bedrooms to Billions: Documentary on British Games Sector

Gaming-Aid and gamecity:Hamburg host industry event including a meet&greet with the producers

The 2½-hour documentary, “From Bedrooms to Billions” is coming to Hamburg on 11 November. The exclusive showing at Hamburg’s Abaton cinema, in the original English version, is brought to you by the Gaming-Aid non-profit organisation in cooperation with game city:Hamburg. The producers, Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, along with game designer Simon Butler (whose credits include Shadowfire, Worms, Addams Family, Platoon, Combat School, total Recall) will be on hand for interviews and to answer questions about the early days of the British computer game industry.

The rise of the early British computer game industry

The producers, husband-and-wife team Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, have cast the spotlight on the rise of Britain’s early computer game industry, along with the parallel development of the distribution channels and gamer journalism over the last 40 years. The result is a documentary that was successfully funded and produced on the back of a crowd-funding campaign that lasted only five days. The world premiere of “From Bedrooms to Billions” was in March. Since then, the film has garnered respect and recognition well beyond the borders of the games industry it set out to portray.

Joining forces for the silver screen

Gaming-Aid, a charitable non-profit organisation within the games industry, provides rapid financial and practical assistance to those in need. And it was Gaming-Aid that initiated the showing of the film here in Hamburg. Ingo Horn, Chairman of Gaming-Aid, explains why: “My personal connection to the makers of this film about the birth of the British games scene prompted me to think about putting it on the big screen. Online streaming or something to watch at home wasn’t enough. Thanks to the support of game city:Hamburg, we can now make this a reality, and we have even been able to go one step further, bringing the filmmakers and one of the protagonists to come and speak with us about the film and the work it portrays.”

Stefan Klein, Project Manager at gamecity: Hamburg, adds: “We are thrilled about this collaboration. It is definitely interesting for the many talented people in Hamburg’s own game sector to encounter an international viewpoint and to see how Britain’s game industry has developed.”

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About Gaming-Aid:

As a charitable non-profit organisation, Gaming-Aid aims to do good within the gaming industry, selflessly and without red tape. Together with gamers and manufacturers, Gaming-Aid provides rapid financial and practical assistance to those in need. The organisation sees itself as a spearhead for a proactive social conscience within the gaming industry.

About gamecity:Hamburg

With more than 2,000 players, gamecity:Hamburg is the largest regional network within the German games industry. A project of the nextMedia.Hamburg initiative, gamecity:Hamburg works to ensure optimal conditions for the sector in the city. Its efforts are targeted at developers and publishers of games for computers, consoles, and mobile devices, along with related sectors such as the advertising industry, technical service providers, online agencies, and the music and film business – in Hamburg and throughout Europe.

The network helps companies to open up new business areas and to establish new cooperative projects. Beyond this, gamecity:Hamburg also provides a comprehensive range of services to the local industry.

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