Debbie Bestwick MBE, is CEO of award-winning veteran games developer and international games label, Team17. Debbie joined the Games Industry at the age of 17 starting out in indie retailing where she won Indie Retailer of the year at just 18, she then co-founded Team17 in 1990 at the age of 20. Team17 is a leading international games label that hosts the Worms franchise, Yooka-Laylee, Overcooked, The Escapists, Aven Colony, Genesis Alpha One and many more from developers around the world. Debbie has released 90 games with Team17 across home computers, console and mobile platforms.
Since becoming CEO and completing a MBO in 2010, she has focused on establishing Team17 as a sustainable business which achieves year-on-year profitability and growth. As a result, Team17 last year raised funding via a minority shareholding with Leading Private Equity group LDC raising in excess of $20M USD. Debbie’s passion is Team17's Games Label which helps support new start-up’s and existing development studio’s create new IP and build for sustainability whilst retaining Independence.
Debbie Bestwick has recently received an MBE for services to the video games industry and was awarded Businesswoman of the Year in the 2016 Women in Games Awards. Previously Bestwick was honoured with the Hall of Fame award at the European Women in Games Conference 2015 and MCV person of the Year in 2015.