NI's Tina Lauro Pollock named Women in Games Businesswoman of the Year

  • Belfast-based Tina Lauro Pollock has been named Businesswoman of the Year in MCV/DEVELOP’s Women in Games Awards 2020.

    Tina is the director of Northern Ireland gaming company Brain and Nerd Ltd, and also an ex-Sync NI writer and staff member.

    MCV/DEVELOP is a leading trusted media source for the UK games industry. Their awards ceremony this year took place as a livestreamed event, with 54 shortlisted nominees across nine categories.

    MCV’s Businesswoman of the Year award “recognises an executive who has had a stellar 12 months in terms of driving a company forward and generating significant revenues.”

    Nominees also must have been working in the games industry for more than four years.

    Tina was also shortlisted for last year's Women in Games Awards, in the Mentor of the Year category. 

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    Tina’s firm, Brain and Nerd, was earlier this year selected for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, which earned the company €150,000 toward the development of its upcoming narrative game, Hortalius.

    Brain and Nerd is also joining four other local studios in Northern Ireland Screen’s Boost Video Game Business Bootcamp, a three-month business development programme to develop the studio’s capabilities in marketing, commercial strategy, and pitch development.

    The scheme is designed for established studios aiming to raise £250,000 in investment or funding and will feature one-on-one workshops with industry expert Jason Della Rocca.

    Established in 2012, Brain and Nerd was the first Irish studio to successfully crowdfund a game on Kickstarter with sci-fi 4X PC game Predestination, which released through Steam’s Early Access platform and launched in February 2019.

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