Final Speakers Announced for 2017 D.I.C.E. Europe Conference 

The AIAS is pleased to announce additional speakers: 

  • In a fireside chat with Min Kim, Co-Founder at Bonfire Games, and Brendan Greene aka Playerunknown, will examine how a unique, community first approach towards game-making and defying conventions drives the rapid evolution and growth of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. They will discuss the challenges of a truly open development process and how these risks have translated to many rewards for the game and its passionate community.
  • Bill Roper, Chief Creative Officer at Improbable, will be discussing "Building Better Worlds: The Next Steps in Online and Open Worldbuilding" where he will look at the technological and market developments driving the adoption of open worlds, and how, in an increasingly saturated market, developers and publishers can get ahead of the curve. 
  • Gaming legend Eugene Jarvis, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen and Nex Machina game director, Harry Kruger, discuss how the collaboration between an arcade game pioneer and the Housemarque team led to the story of Nex Machina. This discussion explores how a few drinks (perhaps, many) between Eugene and the Housemarque co-founders and chairman after the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards began a fruitful partnership. The end result was Housemarque's most critically acclaimed title to date, which some have called the "best twin-stick shooter of all time".  

These industry experts will join previously announced speakers: Hermen Hulst, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Guerrilla Games (Monday Keynote Speaker); Lidwine Sauer, Director of Insights and Trends for Ubisoft's Strategic Innovation Lab (Tuesday Keynote Speaker); Mike Bithell, CEO and Founder, Bithell Games; Mary DeMarle, Executive Narrative Director, Eidos-Montréal; Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, FIFA Senior Producer, Electronic Arts; Raul Rubio Munarriz, CEO and Creative Director, Spanish independent game studio Tequila Works; and Hendrik Lesser, Chairman, European Games Developer Federation (EGDF). 

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