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Final Line-up Announced for London Games Festival

 

22 September 2011

FINAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR LONDON GAMES CONFERENCE

PopCap, Parker, OnLive and GoG.com join LGC 2011 - 10 November, central London

The final line-up for the third London Games Conference has been confirmed, following the addition of four speakers from leading online games firms PopCap, OnLive and Good Old Games plus analyst Nick Parker.

Around 300 of the games industry's finest will convene for London Games Conference, which takes place on 10 November 2011 at One Wimpole Street in central London.

PopCap's senior designer David Bishop and GoG.com MD Guillaume Rambourg will take part in a series of 'micro-keynotes' detailing the lessons learned as leading developers of online games. Casual gaming firm PopCap is best known for the likes of Bejewelled and Plants vs Zombies, and was earlier this year acquired by Electronic Arts.

Good Old Games (GoG.com) meanwhile is one of the most successful digital distributors of games, building its business on a range of older PC titles updated to run on new machines - it is owned by Polish games studio CD Project.

Meanwhile, OnLive's CTO Tom Paquin will host a session looking at cloud gaming. Paquin isn't just a games expert, but a leading name in Silicon Valley, having co-founded Netscape, the online firm that invented key technology such as SSL and web 'cookies', and then co-founded the Firefox browser firm Mozilla. Elsewhere, analyst Nick Parker will take to the stage to deliver his views on the five events set to reshape the games industry.

The four big names join an already-excellent roster of previously announced speakers focused on how the games industry is embracing the transition to digital content.

Keynotes this year come from GameStop and Valve, with Eidos life president Ian Livingstone, Microsoft Game Studios Europe creative director Peter Molyneux and Sega's John Clark also set to deliver talks.

Other sessions will look at which companies will not survive the digital transition, what games can learn from the music industry, and how deeply security compromises have impacted publishers are also on the agenda.

London Games Conference speaker line-up:

  • Jason Holtman, Head of Biz Dev, Valve
  • Mike Mauler, International EVP, GameStop
  • David Bishop, Senior Designer, PopCap
  • Tom Paquin, CTO OnLive
  • Peter Molyneux, Founder, Lionhead
  • Ian Livingstone, Life President, Eidos
  • John Clark, UK MD, Sega
  • Feargal Sharkey, CEO, UK Music
  • Nick Parker, Screen Digest
  • Nicholas Lovell, GamesBrief
  • Prof Peter Sommer, Digital Forensics Expert
  • Guillaume Rambourg, GoG.com

LONDON GAMES CONFERENCE SCHEDULE & THEMES
4pm Opening Remarks
4.05pm OPENING KEYNOTE: GameStop (Mike Mauler)
4.35pm The Digital Transition: The Winners and Losers (Nicholas Lovell)
4.55pm Sega & Digital Distribution (John Clark)
5.15pm Digital Developers Share Their Secrets (Guillaume Rambourg, GoG.com and David Bishop, PopCap)
5.35pm The Future of Video Games (Peter Molyneux & Ian Livingstone)
6.15pm Coffee Break
6.40pm What Video Games Can Learn From Music (Feargal Sharkey)
7.00pm The 5 Events That Will Change Video Games (Nick Parker)
7.10pm Video Game and Digital Security (Professor Stoddard)
7.30pm OnLive & Cloud Gaming (Tom Paquin)
7.50pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: Valve (Jason Holtman)
8.20pm Dinner & Networking

London Games Conference takes place at One Wimpole Street, central London, and starts at 4pm. The four-hour conference is followed by dinner and networking. The event is sponsored by IGN UK. Until September 30th tickets are available at an early bird rate of 229.

To book a place, contact Hannah.Short@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646. High-profile sponsorship slots are available - contact Lucy.Hall@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 647 to find out more.

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