UK gaming industry giant Jane Cavanagh honoured by LSBU
22 October 2014
left her job as a Business Development Manager at British Telecom in the
mid-1980s after travelling to Japan and witnessing the enormous potential of
the burgeoning computer game market.
space of a few months the company she founded - SCi Entertainment - had grown
into a large team of graphic designers and programmers. Over the next 20 years,
SCi developed and published around 500 games titles for various consoles and
platforms, distributing them in 50 countries around the world.
Some of those
games became household names, including the famous 'Tomb Raider' series which
spawned two successful Hollywood movies starring Angelina Jolie as the intrepid
heroine Lara Croft. At its peak in 2007, the company was listed on the FTSE
250, with a market valuation of £600 million and some 1,300 staff working in 12
development studios and publishing offices around the world.
Jane left the
company in 2008 and has since been focused on developing her own business
interests and on advising start-ups, mostly in the technology sector.
courses at the cutting edge of the computer game industry, including the BA Game Cultures which was one of the first
undergraduate courses in the country to offer creative and critical skills in
video game design, development and analysis rooted in a cultural and media
the award, Jane said: "I am delighted to receive this Honorary Doctorate of
Letters from London South Bank University, a higher education institution which
places such value on encouraging and inspiring the spirit of enterprise in its
students to grow their entrepreneurial skills."
Chancellor David Phoenix commented: "Jane Cavanagh is a visionary entrepreneur
who saw the potential of an emerging industry and developed an idea into a
globally recognised giant in the gaming sector. That spirit of enterprise is a
cornerstone of the ethos of London South Bank University, and we are delighted
to recognise Jane's achievements by awarding her the title of Honorary Doctor