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Boris Johnson backs new Games London Festival

Boris Johnson today gave his backing to the newly announced Games London Festival, a £1.2 million initiative by Film London and Ukie.

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In reality, it must be quite exhausting being Boris Johnson.

Where once the conservative media followed Ed Milliband around, hoping to catch a glimpse of him eating something in an ungainly and awkward fashion, they now follow Jeremy Corbyn everywhere, thinking they might find him reading Marx’s The Communist Manifesto on the Tube in a moment of weakness. Simultaneously, liberal photographers would dearly like to snap David Cameron with pigs, pork products – hell, even Kevin Bacon would make for a funny headline – but Boris is beset on all sides.

It doesn’t matter who the publication is or what their political leanings might be, they all follow Boris around in a frisson of anticipation that they might get a funny photo or video of Boris doing something characteristically ludicrous, like falling over during a tug-o-war or flattening a small child playing rugby.

Today the Mayor of London threw his backing behind the newly announced Games London Festival, an April event at the centre of a £1.2 million initiative to put London at the heart of the world’s game development, co-delivered by Film London and Ukie.

Scheduled to take place between the 1st and 10th of April this year, the Games London Festival will include a consumer games exhibition at Somerset House, a series of talks at the British Film Institute and a London Games Fringe of smaller events; plus two already well-established events, the annual BAFTA Video game Awards and EGX Rezzed, which returns to Tobacco Dock this year.

“London is already a star player when it comes to games and interactive entertainment, but international competition is fierce and we need to ensure our city can compete with our global gaming rivals. From design to banking and civil engineering to film, games technology is being used in a host of different sectors. We are investing in a dynamic and constantly evolving industry to take London to another level as a world-leading capital for games and interactive entertainment.” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Sadly, the rather sensible London Games Festival announcement didn’t bring any new hilarity from Boris, so we’ll have to make do with this video of him pretending to be a dog in virtual reality last year, instead:

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Source: The Guardian


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