The Inside Track Lecture on Starting up in the Video Games Industry

28 February 2013, 1.00 PM - 28 February 2013, 1.00 PM

Ben Trewhella, a Bristol Computer Science graduate, and founder of Opposable Games, will talk about the fun and games of starting a video games business.

Ben will talk about how he got into this industry (joining a team versus starting a team), his perspective on the state of the games industry (an overview of console, mobile, PC, current trends, geography), his day to day work and discuss some of the lessons he has learnt, to help others looking to start up in video games (or any other technology company).

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre (Queen's Building)

Time: 1-2pm

Ben Trewhella graduated a MEng in Computer Science in 2001.  He went on to spend 6 years providing IT consultancy with PwC, then spent 2 years travelling, during which he worked at Macquarie Bank as a business analyst and then the Starlight Children's Foundation where he managed a successful bid to raise $7m for the development of a protected social network for chronically ill children.  Returning to the UK in 2007, Ben started developing mobile apps, then worked with a local investor to set up Mubaloo, a mobile development agency based in Bristol.  Ben left in 2011 to pursue a PhD in artificial intelligence, and also set up Opposable Games, a six person team of games developers which has won awards for their connected games.

If you missed Ben's talk you can download his presentation Starting up in the Games Industry (PDF, 2,672kB).

The Inside Track Lecture is an industry lecture series aimed primarily at students. Speakers from a range of industries will share their inside knowledge; they are typically University of Bristol graduates from the Faculty, and are asked to give the 'inside track' on what it is like to work in a particular industry or field. Talks will be of interest to students across the Faculty, and will all be followed by a Q&A session, the chance to meet the speaker over refreshments in the Pugsley Lecture Theatre Foyer and a related LinkedIn discussion.

For more information please contact: The Industrial Liaison Office on or 0117 95 45483.

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*The Inside Track lectures are open to all University of Bristol students and staff, but if you are from outside the University and would like to attend, please email




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