Video games are a truly global, popular phenomenon. According to recent estimates, over 3.2bn people – roughly 40% of the world’s population –played a video game in the past year. The player base stretches across the planet, with games played extensively in every continent and increasingly in developing nations.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment. She is a VP for games accessibility charity SpecialEffect, Patron of Safe in Our World mental health and games charity, trustee for Royal Historic Palaces, an Honorary Visiting Professor at Ravensbourne University and a Visiting Research Fellow for the Dept of Computing, Goldsmith’s University. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won MCV Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She was also named as one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 Most Influential People in 2019 and entered the Computer Weekly Hall of Fame in 2021.