Huw Marshall, Games Wales: Welsh gaming can be recognised globally

Ahead of the Wales Games Development Show – which is taking place tomorrow – we had a brief catch up with lead organiser Huw Marshall. He talks to us about the show and gaming in Wales. 

TD: Why did you set up the Wales Games Development show?

HM: The WGDS was set up in order to showcase the vibrant and fast growing games industry in Wales. It also acts as a focal point and meeting place for anyone interested in games in Wales and beyond.

TD: When did it launch, and how successful has it been so far?

HM: The first WGDS was held in 2012. Now in it’s 4th year, attendance has increased year on year and it has now established itself in the UK games calendar. With this year’s show being held in exciting new venue the Tramshed in the heart of Cardiff, we’re hoping to see a record level of attendance.

TD: Why is it important to bring the Welsh gaming community together?

HM: In order to develop and grow the gaming industry in Wales, it’s vital that experiences and information within the sector are shared. For Wales to gain recognition on an international stage, we need to be able to demonstrate and promote a vibrant and successful industry. By working together as a sector and an industry we can achieve these aims and grow a successful industry.

TD: Where is the industry at now, and where do you see it in the future? 

Compared with somewhere like Scotland, we are still in our infancy but are growing up fast. As a sector, we’re working in partnership with key organisations like Welsh Government to identify key areas like skills, investment and marketing and working strategically to develop capacity in these areas. There is no reason why, in three years time, that the industry in Wales will not be recognised and respected internationally.

TD: What have been its biggest successes and biggest obstacles?

HM: The fact that Welsh companies are creating successful products that are making money and winning awards is testament to its success so far. The only potential obstacle a lack of belief in what we can achieve – thankfully we have that belief in abundance.

TD: What are your favourite areas of game?

HM: I’m old school so am very much a retro gamer. I’m trying to complete Desert Strike on my SNES. These days I spend a lot of my time watching my kids play games. At 7 & 3, they put me to shame!