Hilmar Veigar Petursson

Hilmar Veigar Petursson

CCP Games

Keynote Speaker

Website: https://www.ccpgames.com

The Longest Game

How do gaming developers and publishers think about their long-term strategy for success? For Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP Games, the longest game is exemplified in the power of strategy, innovation, and teamwork to create lasting entertainment experiences. In this keynote talk, Petursson will showcase how CCP focuses on community building and nurturing a positive culture through EVE Online's growth and evolution with its players over time. By examining these principles and tools, Petursson will showcase how to plan for the future while maximizing the present, ultimately creating better art and entertainment for all.


Hilmar has been leading CCP Games' ongoing success and growth since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Hilmar is a strong advocate for the importance of virtual worlds and the power of games to bring people together and create meaningful social experiences. Under Hilmar's management, CCP's critically acclaimed science fiction game EVE Online pioneered concepts like player-driven digital economies, democratically elected community governments, and free-to-play mechanics long before they became commonplace in the industry. EVE Online, as the largest living work of science fiction, has been celebrating 20 consecutive years of continuous growth in subscriber engagement with no sign of slowing down.

Hilmar is a driving force behind CCP's commitment to developing innovative and immersive gaming experiences, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the video game industry. He has championed the use of cutting-edge technologies in game development, having released spearheading VR games, and his vision for digital economies has helped shape the gaming industry and beyond.

Currently, he is also active on several boards and committees relating to Icelandic information technology and innovation. Hilmar has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Iceland.