Hilmar has been leading CCP Games’ ongoing success and growth since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2004.
Under Hilmar’s management CCP’s critically acclaimed science-fiction game EVE Online celebrated an unprecedented ten consecutive years of subscriber growth. In addition, Hilmar has put CCP into the pole position in the VR revolution by embracing the new technology early. The company released virtual-reality arcade shooter Gunjack for the Samsung Gear VR in 2015, which has been the best-selling game on the platform since launch. And in early 2016 CCP released EVE: Valkyrie, a hotly-anticipated multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter built from the ground up for virtual reality, bundled with Oculus Rift pre-orders. EVE: Valkyrie will ship on HTC Vive and PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4 later in 2016.
Before his appointment to the CEO position, Hilmar held the title of CCP's Chief Technical Officer, heading the engineering effort required to create the company’s persistent world technology and 3D engine.
Prior to joining CCP in 2000, he served as the CTO of SmartVR, an OZ.com spin-off based on that company’s multi-user virtual reality technology following his tenure as the VP of software development for the OZ Studios division of OZ.com.
Currently, he is also active on a number of boards and committees relating to Icelandic information technology and innovation. Hilmar has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Iceland.