Games Workshop Co-Founder Ian Livingstone Knighted
Ian Livingstone is one of the major reasons we have the games we play. He’s finally being recognized by the Queen for his achievements.
Ian Livingstone’s career is steeped in gaming. Journalist Sam Leith called him “Patient Zero for the epidemic of UK geek culture.” He started with Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and co-founded Games Workshop while living in a van. He and Steve Jackson took the company all the way to the London Stock Exchange.
When video games came along Livingstone lent his talents to Eidos (which was bought by Square Enix in 2009). He’s also written children’s books and contributed to technology education programs in the UK.
He’s a successful businessman, creator, and philanthropist – and now he is adding Sir to his name. The formal ceremony has been postponed due to COVID restrictions, but that hasn’t stopped folks from across the industry from honoring him.
Congrats from all of us at BoLS, Sir Livingstone! And thank you for your work.
Sir Ian Livingston has always been a knight to me. Congrats, sir @ian_livingstone! https://t.co/B49FbsbkdB
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 4, 2022Advertisement
Sir Ian is the co-creator of #FightingFantasy, the groundbreaking series of gamebooks, and author of many of the bestselling books. https://t.co/tiOiuO0WQP
— Scholastic UK (@scholasticuk) January 4, 2022
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting @ian_livingstone on several occasions, always generous with his time and often up for a laugh. From Fighting Fantasy books, to Games Workshop & his stewardship of Eidos, few people have had as profound an effect on pop culture. Arise Sir Ian. pic.twitter.com/NQAL0qa1jO
— Marc Cieslak (@MarcCieslak) January 1, 2022
Congratulations to @ian_livingstone on being knighted!
Sir Ian was ground zero for gaming culture in the UK. It is fantastic to see his achievements being recognised.
I last interviewed him in 2018 and asked about the possibilities of him being knighted.https://t.co/1tXVSdkmH8
— 𝙋𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙍𝙖𝙮 𝘼𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 (@PeterRayAllison) January 1, 2022
— Ian Livingstone (@ian_livingstone) January 2, 2022
Quick mention: you can still support The Dice Men: Games Workshop, The Early Years 1975 to 1985 on Unbound.
It gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Games Workshop became the world’s top wargaming manufacturer. It follows Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s journey during the company’s formative years – the first store being opened in 1978, the first publications and games. It tells not just the history of the business, but of the people whose passion and hard work helped create the company we buy our plastic armies from today.