Optimising Your Game Dev Studio for Success - a Game Studio Management Masterclass

02 October 2019

This premier Masterclass from Philip and Andrew Oliver (the Game Dragons) is aimed at game studio owners and managers.   With over 35 years industry experience, relentless passion and a genuine drive to help others succeed, there are few more qualified in the world to advise on the business of video game development than Philip and Andrew Oliver.


Attendees will have a clearer understanding of the many responsibilities of running a game development studio, beyond simply developing the games. They will be introduced to successful, tried and tested methods of management that could be implemented in their own studios. The day will cover general business planning and management techniques, as well as preparing for and securing investment, and generating new business. Ultimately, they should be able to optimise many areas of their business, making better games, in a more productive, happier and more successful game development studio.

Location and Price 

Location: UKie, Black bull Yard, 24-28 Hatton Wall, EC1N 8JH

Date: 02nd October Start: 10:00 Finish: 16:30

• Non-member price: £350 + VAT Per person

• Ukie-member price: £300 + VAT Per person

50% discount for additional people from the same company.

Once booked onto the course UKie will connect you to Philip Oliver who runs the course.  

Booking information:

• Please contact Leon to register and UKie will then invoice for payment.

• Your booking is taken as confirmation and no refunds will be issued.

• 8 people minimum required to run the course. In a case where the course does not run you will be issued a full refund.

• Limited Spaces. Provided on a first come first served basis.


You will be provided a Workshop folder with Information and exercises that will then lead to discussions, ideas and action plans.
The workshop will cover:  

Part One: (Morning) ·      

Business Plan  

o   Objectives

o   Strengths & Weaknesses

o   Strategy & Tactics

o   short, medium long-term goals  

Part Two: (Afternoon) ·      

Financing & Selling

o   Finance Options

o   Pitching

o   Negotiating

o   Due Diligence  

The Game Dragons are confident your development studio will benefit from their experiences and advice and that attending this course will improve your business as a result.   Over their many years in the industry, Philip and Andrew Oliver have created around 130 games, across 20 consoles and computers for most of the leading games publishers. Resulting in around 45 million-unit sales and an estimated retail value of $1.5bn. They have employed over 600 people and recently sold their business. Rather than retire they’d like to help and support the UK Games industry.  

Philip and Andrew Oliver regularly write for GamesIndustry.biz, Pocket Gamer, PC Games Insider and Wireframe.

Recent Testimonials:

“When I first reached out to the Dragons, Philip and Andrew, I did so because we were in over our heads in a number of areas. I’m not new to the business either, but we’d taken on a big project that was proving to be far more arduous than planned. Over a two year development period we’d burned through our funding and found ourselves in a somewhat vulnerable position. The fact that the Oliver Twins have been in this game since the early days, and of course that they were very successful too, obviously played a big part in their appeal but I didn’t really know what to expect. It turns out they’re not Dragons at all! Their knowledge, due to their extensive experience, is so tangible, and they are happy to share it with you. Within a couple of meetings we felt comfortable making a few decisions I’d been reluctant about and perhaps most importantly, we had been able to secure additional funds that I had no idea were available. Game Dragons’ impact on FUZE Technologies Ltd is in no doubt. I’m very happy to have employed their services. " Jon Silvera, CEO FUZE Technologies Ltd  

“I started to despise most consultants - finally after decades as a CEO, I’ve realised that the only consultants worth having are those that have themselves dealt with exactly the challenge I face.  In the games industry, the twin dragons certainly come with those credentials.  In my experience, they go further, because of their ability to grasp both the macro situation and anticipate the micro needs.  The dilemma I faced recently was existential….and they quickly helped develop a real solution and, because they seem to know everybody worth knowing, helped find the skills needed to solve the crisis."   Wynford Dore - CEO, Zing Performance Ltd  

"Working with the Game Dragons has been really useful to help us secure additional work for the company outside of our current schedule.  Philip and Andrew have a lot of useful contacts and invaluable knowledge to help others with and therefore were able to help us out very promptly. We intend to use the Game Dragons as and when is necessary to help establish the business and grow further." Neil Campbell - Founder, Viewpoint Games