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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds to ULTIMA to Project CARS 2: Prominent game developers keep public keynotes at Devcom 2017 and Gamescom 2017
The Biggest Devcom 2017 Highlights
Brendan Greene aka Player Unknown: My journey – from modder to creative director of player Unknown’s Battleground
Greene is currently creative director of one of the most popular PC games ever: Unknown Player’s Battlegrounds ( “PUBG”) of Blue Hole. PUBG, although still available in “early access”, ie only as a pre-release version, has already sold almost seven million copies and is well on its way to becoming a phenomenon: on the streaming platform Twitch it is, as well as on Steam, already in the Top 3 of the most played games.
Richard Allen Garriott de Cayeux: The golden age of games is NOW – how to rise to the occasion
Garriott is a legend of the game industry, already in 1979 he released his first game. As a result, he founded Origin and was responsible for the multi-million selling RPG series Ultima. In 2008 he flew as the sixth space tourist ever by a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station. Currently, he works together with the German publisher Travian, the spiritual successor Utlima Shroud of the Avatar.
Andy Tudor, Nicolas Hamilton, Peter Smits: Project CARS 2 – Built By Drivers
Andy Tudor, creative director of Slightly Mad Studios, and Nicolas Hamilton, racing driver and brother of Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton, talk about the development of the racing game Project CARS 2 and above, as the title of a community of racing fans in conjunction with real drivers is developed. The session includes live gameplay of the game and will be moderated by Star YouTuber Peter Smits ( “Pietsmiet”).
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games, about VR, AR and the emergence of the Metaverse.
Bob Slinn, Facebook.
Chris Charla, (ID @ xbox).
Robby Yung, Animoca Brands, via branded entertainment and current trends in the target group kids.
Virtual Reality: In addition to the keynote by Tim Sweeney (Epic Games) Also the talks of senior representatives from companies such as Oculus, Playsnak or Unity rotate about the topic virtual and augmented reality. Particularly exciting lectures Pushing boundaries of VR / AR in the car industry by David Kuri and Florian Uhde (Volkswagen), which illuminate the subject away from the game development. Bob Heubel of immersion also talks about Designing for the Senses: Creating Presence for VR and Šarūnas Ledas day of Joy AR widmt with the Talk location-based AR games: innovating gameplay and interaction.
Development: Technical talks and lectures on game development are the backbone of DEVCOM, regardless of whether the focus is on indie or AAA projects. Ville Ruusutie by Remedy Entertainment (Alan Wake) deals with the hot topic of Motion Matching, Miriam Popescu Limbic Entertainment talks about the design of the AI of flaregames’ Hit Zombie Gunship Survival, and Taylor Blue from Github provides information on the practical use of Unity with Github: Using Unity with GitHub and Git LFS.
Mobile games: mobile games are among the main topics of DEVCOM. One of the highlights is the talk of Christopher Kassulke of HandyGames: What is the next hot shit? How can you predict the future and what is the advantage to be at early mover in games?
Business: Adrian Goersch (Black Forest Games) speaks in his lecture Gattaca – Building a 60 People Game Developer in Germany about the growth opportunities and risks as games developers in Germany. Kevin Carthew of Team17 from the UK told under the title The Escapists. From unknown indie to mobile no 1 to A-brand the success story of the game The Escapists published, 2014.
Marketing: Various lectures pursue new forms of marketing, of influencer relations to performance marketing. A highlight is the basic presentation The business of influencer marketing by Brian Dodge, the founder of Spartan Elite Advertizing.
Other speakers, talks and keynote topics will be announced in the coming weeks. Overall, the program more than 50 lectures, panels and workshops will comprise of speakers from all areas of industry and thematically cover a wide range, with a focus on mobile, virtual reality and game design.
The new gaming industry forum DEVCOM place this summer for the first time held as an accompanying event to gamescom. From 20 to 24 Soon (Sunday to Thursday) offers the DEVCOM a varied program, including in particular the DEVCOM developer conference that DEVCOM summits and the new networking area, the developer DEVCOM lounge.