Frontier Developments CEO David Braben has been announced as a keynote speaker at Develop:Brighton 2019, a three-day conference and expo taking place 9-11 July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.
David will discuss the history of Frontier Developments, from Darxide to Jurassic World Evolution and the upcoming Planet Zoo, in a fireside chat with journalist Chris Dring to mark the studio’s 25th anniversary.
David is one of four keynote sessions to be announced. He joins No Man’s Sky director Sean Murray, Rebellion co-founders Chris and Jason Kingsley, and the founders of Media Molecule at the conference.
“David is a towering figure in the games industry whose expertise and knowledge are unparalleled,” said Andy Lane, managing director at conference organiser Tandem Events. “Our attendees can expect an insightful and passionate keynote from a true legend.”
Frontier Developments has been shortlisted in three categories at The Develop:Star Awards, taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. Frontier is up for Best Studio, as well as Best Game Design and Best Audio for its work on Jurassic Park Evolution.
Develop:Brighton 2019 is attended by more than 2300 members of the game development community and will be host to more than 100 speakers. The conference schedule can be viewed here.
Conference passes are available to purchase here at a discounted Early Bird rate available until Wednesday 5 June.
Members of the media interested in attending should fill out the media accreditation form.
Tickets for The Develop:Star Awards are available to purchase from the Develop:Star Awards website.
Develop:Brighton 2019 sessions include:
Everything Tells a Story
Haden Blackman - Hangar 13
The Xbox Adaptive Controller Story
Tara Voelker - Xbox
Achieving Deeper Player Interaction with Large-scale Worlds
Chris Jenner - Ubisoft Reflections
Show Them the Money: An Agents & Developers Q&A
Aj Grand Scrutton - Dlala Studios
Code Ahoy – Finding Hidden Treasure In Creating Your Own Audio Systems
Jon Vincent - Rare
MMObile: Bringing Old School RuneScape to Smartphones
Christopher Knowles, Jagex
Accessibility and the Importance of Including the Disabled in the Development Process
Felicia Prehn - Nopia Oy
Successful Crowdfunding: A Kickstarter Post-Mortem
Cari Watterton - Puny Astronaut
Working Together for Smarter Prototyping
Anastasiia Tsaplii - Bossa Studios
Licensed Music – Core Considerations | Creative Opportunities
Duncan Smith - Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
Fun, Safety, Profit: Year 1 of a Successful Indie Studio
Lottie Bevan - Weather Factory
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About David Braben
David Braben is the CEO of Frontier Developments and co-creator of the Elite series. From the launch of Elite in 1984, Braben has been an industry luminary across four decades of gaming. As CEO of Frontier he heads up one of the UK’s largest independent game developers and publishers, overseeing the launch of award-winning titles such as Planet Coaster, Elite Dangerous and Jurassic World Evolution. A co-founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Braben was awarded with an OBE in 2014 for services to the UK computer and video games industry.
The Develop:Brighton conference is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.
With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry's key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to the smallest indies; from development directors to programmers.
About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the new Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 16 categories, including one ultimate ‘Develop Star’. This award will honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.
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