Three decades of Leamington Spa’s rich history of world-leading video-game development were celebrated in a fortnight-long event during Leamington Looks Back 2013. Co-produced by Heritage Matters, Vital Marketing and Press Space PR, and funded by Warwickshire County Council’s Footfall Fund and Warwick District Council, the event comprised a variety of exciting and entertaining activities designed to involve as much of the local community as possible.
Backspace was centred around a detailed exhibition exploring the story of Leamington’s games creators. The event included programming workshops, a Spa-cade ‘games trail’ round town as well as a careers evening, and showcased the current and future of creative innovation in the region as well as telling the story of times past.
Backspace continues to showcase and celebrate Leamington’s games’ makers. Games can be played on one of the Spa-cade cabinets on the Museum on the Move during 2014/5 and further future events are planned.
Back row L to R (organisers of Backspace): Anne Warren (Heritage Matters – organisers of Leamington Looks Back festival), Craig Spivey (Executive Creative Director of Vital and originator of the Backspace idea), Natalie Griffith (games industry PR consultant), Maria Hughes (Regent Court Management).Front row L to R (developers and supporters): David Fullick (co-founder, Monster & Monster), David Darling CBE (founder, Kwalee), Dan Griffiths (co-founder, Monster & Monster), Leamington & Warwick MP Chris White, Andrew Oliver (CTO, Blitz Games Studios).