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2005 Game Developers Conference Europe Announces KeynotesKeynote lineup includes Sony executive Phil Harrison and Katamari Damacy Creator Keita Takahashi (June 22, 2005)
The 5th Annual Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe) has announced both the keynote and conference line up for the 30 August to 1 September, 2005 event in London, UK. Industry veteran and Sony executive Phil Harrison will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, 31 August, and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, 1 September. Conference information and registration are available at www.gdceurope.com.
During his 31 August keynote Q & A session, Harrison will discuss next-generation development and the state of the European interactive entertainment community, in an interview with GDC Europe Conference Director Jamil Moledina. Harrison is currently the Executive Vice President, Development for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Previously, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of Sony Computer Entertainment America extensive third party program, including licensee relations, product planning and strategic relationships. Harrison also cultivates new technology and business opportunities for the PlayStation brand.
Celebrated game developer Keita Takahashi will deliver the Thursday, 1 September keynote address. Takahashi-san made his directorial debut with the quirky sleeper hit Katamari Damacy. The game presents players with a refreshingly unique, genre-defying game design, in which the player rolls game objects into an ever-increasing ball, while working against the clock. In this session, Takahashi-san gives a detailed inside look into the development process for the game, and previews new gameplay innovations he will be presenting through his latest project: We Love Katamari.
"Through industry-defining keynotes to next-generation content, GDC Europe provides the European game development community an essential forum in which to learn and network," said Jamil Moledina, director, Game Developers Conference Europe. "Visionary speakers such as Phil Harrison and Keita Takahashi form the nucleus of current game creation, and are ideally positioned to inform and influence."
In terms of the conference itself, GDC Europe has unveiled a program designed to keep developers current on development issues of today, and next-generation strategies for tomorrow. Attendees will gain access to innovative sessions drawn from successes made by developers of Killzone, Singstar, Project Gotham Racing 3 and more, choosing sessions from any of the five conference tracks including: Production and Management, Tools and Tricks, Case Studies, Vision, and Best of GDC. Through three days of lectures, keynotes, panels, and tutorials, leading developers will share practical information and artistic inspiration within a forum that is exclusively focused on the European game development community.
GDC Europe Mobile - a one-day intensive seminar on 30 August - presents a unique opportunity for European mobile game developers by focusing exclusively on mobile game creation. From groundbreaking technical discussions in areas such as 3G games and developing in a fractured platform environment, the seminar will deliver detailed programming, design, and production sessions, featuring speakers from leading development studios, publishers, handset manufacturers, and carriers.
Early rate pricing for GDC Europe expires Wednesday, 3 August. Please visit www.gdceurope.com to register for attendance and review conference information. Press registration is also available at this time.
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