This is Sam just after he’s appeared on stage for the first time in his life – sandwiched by Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein and the almighty Ian Livingstone CBE.
The Game Horizon conference took place in Newcastle last month, and we were there to give a presentation together about childhood, learning, nostalgia and creativity.
Sam was desperately, desperately nervous in the minutes before actually getting up in front of the audience; but managed to overcome his fears and help to deliver a presentation which made at least one person cry…
…and ended, of course, with a big-screen Spacepants.
Words of encouragement from so many people afterwards, including these two pictured legends, meant so much. As I said in the presentation, it had been three years since we took Sam out of school, and most of that time had been spent in a washing machine drum of anxieties. Talking about games, with game-makers, Sam was, finally, perfectly in his element.
We remain extremely grateful to Eurogamer’s Rupert Loman for inviting us, and to everyone who helped make the day so memorable.