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Speakers Confirmed for EGF in London
« on: July 16, 2004, 02:37:30 AM »
The speakers have been announced for the European Developers' Forum at Excel in September, with a full programme for the conference available.


Keynotes and speakers confirmed for developers' conference, ExCeL London

Friday 16 July 2004, London/... TIGA, The Independent Games Developers' Association, has confirmed more details, speakers and keynotes for the European Developers' Forum, its major new European developer conference, which is also backed by many of Europe's leading developers and respective developer associations. The European Developers' Forum: The Interactive Entertainment Conference takes place at London's ExCeL between 1st – 3rd September 2004.

The European Developers' Forum will include keynote addresses from Warren Spector of ION Storm, BioWare's Ray Muzyka along with other speakers from development studios from across the globe.

EDF is a TIGA event, supported and actively marketed by many of TIGA's partner associations, including APOM in France, GAME in Germany as well as the Dutch and Danish trade bodies. EDF's International Programme Consultant is Jennifer Olsen, the influential former editor of Game Developer magazine in the USA, while EDF's European Programme Consultant is Fred Gill of Gusto Games.

Highlights include:

# Keynote addresses by Warren Spector of ION Storm and Ray Muzyka of BioWare.

# David Freeman will tackle the new touchstone in development, creating emotion in games.

# Tameem Antoniades from Just Add Monsters will share the experience of game development for the next generation of consoles.

# Richard Huddy of CodeMafia will explain how and why to add benchmarks.

# Jim Blackhurst from Hailstorm asks 'how can we cope with so many handsets?' and discusses how mobile developers can get round the porting problem.

# Doug Saylor of Metrowerks will describe optimisations that enhance performance-critical game code.

A full list of speakers and details on the entire programme can be found at

Jeremy Longley, chair of the EDF steering committee and executive producer at leading developer Kuju Entertainment, said: "The focus of EDF is very much on the hands-on game developer. We have speakers who will tackle the practical day-to-day issues facing every member of a development studio, not just the strategic business concerns. It's about these issues, the future and the challenges we all face in the development industry."

The Steering Committee for the European Developers' Forum comprises: Charles Cecil - Revolution Software Mark Hewitt - Elixir Studios Tim Heaton - Electronic Arts Hermen Hulst - Guerrilla Games Fred Gill - Gusto Games Jason Kingsley - Rebellion Jeremy Longley - Kuju Entertainment (Chair) Harald Riegler - Sproing Jez San - Argonaut Chris van der Kuyl - VIS Entertainment Antoine Villette – Darkworks John Broomhall - Develop Columnist and Audio Director (BPL)

Fred Hasson, CEO of TIGA, said: "We have an excellent group of talented key individuals who will shape the European Developers' Forum programme. We firmly believe that too many conferences tackle strategic and top-line business issues and seem to neglect the backbone of our industry – the game creators, artists, programmers and producers. EDF will bring the focus back on the skills, tools and technologies that every game developer needs in order to meet the increasingly competitive requirements of the next five years."

The new three-day conference has been created by TIGA in order to provide the development community in Europe with a professional outlook and a far-reaching programme of content, including two days of development related issues and a day dedicated to mobile entertainment.

The European Developers' Forum takes place along side European Games Network (EGN). TIGA also has an exclusive agreement with EGN which will see TIGA create The TIGA International Content Market, a dedicated forum for business for developers. TIGA is working with UK Trade & Investment to bring an inward mission of US commissioning executives to the International Content Market, and will be working closely with both ELSPA and EGN event organiser, London EventCo, to create, promote and manage the Market.

The TIGA International Content Market will be hosted on the main floor of EGN and will consist of a mix of open plan meeting areas and low cost closed presentation rooms, private meeting rooms and demo areas. The programme will benefit from the EGN Meeting Planner, an online meetings diary open to all VIP delegates and exhibitors to manage and plan their time at the event.

European Developers' Forum runs Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd September 2004 at ExCeL London. It takes place alongside European Games Network that also runs Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd September 2004 and Game Stars Live, the consumer games show that runs Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th September 2004.