Visitors of gamescom and devcom are in for a special treat this year: Three of the most famous game designers will hold public keynotes. These keynotes are not only for visitors of the developer platform devcom, regular gamescom visitors can watch as well: All holders of visitor or trade visitor tickets may attend for free. Space is limited, however, so everybody who wants to see one of the three events should show up early.
Here’s the three talks:
Brendan Greene alias PlayerUnknown: My journey – from modder to creative director of Playerunknown’s Battleground
Greene is Creative Director of one of the world’s most popular pc games right now: Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds („PUBG“) by Bluehole. PUBG, while still in „Early Access“, has already sold nearly 7 Million copies and is on its way of becoming a phenomenon: On Twitch as well as Steam it is among the top 3 of most played games.
Date: Wednesday, 23.8.2017, 13:00. Place: CCE congress hall
Richard Allen Garriott de Cayeux: The golden age of games is NOW – how to rise to the occasion
Garriott is a games industry legend. He published his first game in 1979, founded Origin and is the driving force behind the best selling Ultima series. 2008 he travelled to space as one of the first space tourists and visited ISS. These days he’s working on Shroud of the Avatar, a spiritual successor of Ultima.
Date: Wednesday, 23.8., 15:00. Place: CCE congress hall
Andy Tudor, Nicolas Hamilton, Peter Smits: Project CARS 2 – Built By Drivers
Andy Tudor, creative director of Slightly Mad Studios, and Nicolas Hamilton, race driver and brother of Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, speak about how Project CARS 2 was made by both motorsports drivers and a community of passionate racing fans. The session will include live gameplay from the latest Project CARS 2 build and will be moderated by Peter Smits (PietSmiet).
Date: Thursday, 24.8., 16:00. Place: CCE congress hall
In addition to the public keynotes there’s a number of business keynotes that can only be attended by visitors of devcom or the business center of gamescom:
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games, Tuesday, 22.8.2017, 11:00
Bob Slinn, Facebook, Tuesday, 22.8.2017, 15:00
Chris Charla, (ID@xbox), Wednesday, 23.8.2017, 11:00
Robby Yung, Animoca Brands, Thursday, 24.8.2017, 11:00
Here’s the full program of devcom: https://devcom2017.sched.com
The brand new games industry meeting devcom will take place for the first time this summer as a side event to gamescom. From the 20th to the 24th of August (Sunday to Thursday), devcom will offer a varied lineup of events, including the devcom developer conference on Monday, the devcom summits and a new networking area, the devcom developer lounge.
Beyond keynotes and panels, the devcom developer conference also includes workshops, summits, master classes and matchmaking:
- devcom master classes: high class workshops for up to 40 attendees with international speakers hosted in the devcom developer lounge
- devcom tutorials: up to four separate hands-on tutorials on how to use the latest technology, engines or advertising tools hosted in the devcom developer lounge
- devcom summits: three special interest focussed summits on Mobile Gaming and Innovation, VR/ AR/ MR as well as Influencer Marketing.
In addition to devcom, gamescom’s own official keynotes will take place from Tuesday to Thursday. Finally, this exclusive program will be rounded out by the indie conference RESPAWN. With its wide range of talks, workshops, tutorials and keynotes, devcom has the right event for anybody working in the games industry, from students of game design and young professionals to senior developers and managers in leadership roles.