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LGCF branded a success by exhibitors

Following yesterday's <a type="int" href="http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29976">news</a> that the London Game Careers Fair saw almost 2000 visitors across the two days, several of the exhibitors have commented on its success.

Following yesterday's news that the London Game Careers Fair saw almost 2000 visitors across the two days, several of the exhibitors have commented on its success.

"It's been brilliant - there have been loads of people, we've been really busy," said Nikki Cooper, HR and office manager at FreeStyleGames.

"There's obviously a lot of people just trying to work out how to get into the industry, but it's been good just speaking to them, raising awareness of FreeStyleGames - that's been really good for us."

And Julian Davidson, recruitment manager at Sega, was also very pleased with the attendance.

"The turnout has been absolutely superb from our point of view. We've seen so many people, and it's great for us to be talking to the guys who are actual fans of our company, and fans of the games that we make.

"I think our programmers and artists get a real kick out of talking to the people that buy our products, so that's excellent.

"From a recruitment point of view it's just great to talk to so many keen, passionate, enthusiastic young people looking to break into the industry - it's just a shame we don't have more graduate positions available to offer those guys."

Paul Jackson, chairman of the London Games Festival's organiser ELSPA, told GamesIndustry.biz that he thought the event was crucial to the Festival as a whole.

"I just think it's fabulous, I think it's one of the most exciting events I've ever seen, and it's probably one of the most important in that this is where we're going to attract new talent into the industry.

"Frankly, without that new talent we'll eventually run dry of good ideas. It's just so exciting to see so many young people down here looking for work in our industry, and trying to understand how they can have a career in videogames.

"What I think this event is doing, it's just giving youngsters, the people we want to get interested in working with us in the future, a real chance to come and meet with us, and I just think that's wonderful."

The London Game Careers Fair 2007 was the second time the event has been staged, and was presented by GamesIndustry.biz and Gamasutra.

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