NUJ panel event dated, asks ‘Can videogame journalists still make money?’

Monday, 8 April 2013 12:49 GMT By Dave Cook

The National Union of Journalists has announced a panel event on April 18 in London that will see members of the UK gaming press come together to discuss growing competition and high turnover in the game writing circuit. The event will give insight into making money as a paid writer and other topics.

In a note sent to VG247 this morning, the NUJ revealed that the ‘Game Over?’ event will take place at the Innovation Warehouse in London on Thursday, April 18 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now for £5 over at the official site.

The event schedule and speakers are as follows:

How to make money as a writer in video games
Will Porter – ex PC Zone, now co-running Hookshot and more.
Dan Griliopoulos – ex PR turned full time freelance.
Lewis Denby – Operations Manager at Beefjack.
Sinan Kubba – UK Editor at Joystiq.

The history of video games journalism
Steve Boxer – The Guardian

Writing the stories for games
Rhianna Pratchett – Freelance games writer, Tomb Raider reboot
Ed Stern – in-house game writer with Splash Damage.
Andy Walsh – Game writer, Prince of Persia and many others.

A very short introducton to the NUJ
Donnacha DeLong – New Media and Independent Broadcasters branch of NUJ

What do you think about the issue of sites or magazines closing, writers working for little or no pay and growing competition from blogs and other channels in the games press? Let us know below.