Des is the founder of Altered Gene, a remote games studio currently working on their next title, The Analyst.
Before starting his own development studio, Des built up a wealth of experience on both the publishing and development sides of making video games having got started over 20 years ago. He has worked with a number of the games industry's leading products: at Microsoft he worked on the launch of the original Xbox, he helped EA for five years supporting their development teams, he managed R&D at Crytek’s European offices and was also the original producer for Square Enix Collective. His breakout project was working on the first Life Is Strange series that won a BAFTA and other awards.
Des is a board member of the UK trade association for video games, UKIE and is also deputy chair of the BAFTA Games committee. Des is passionate about inclusion and loves building and running effective, diverse teams.
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