Dave Ranyard

Dream Reality Interactive

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Dr Dave Ranyard is CEO of Dream Reality Interactive Ltd. The team has a rich history in developing immersive games, a number of which have been developed at Sony’s London Studio. DRI have released immersive titles on mobile & high-end platforms, recently partnering with a number of NFT companies including Sports Icon & the notorious frogs.

Prior to DRI, Dave was the Director of Sony’s London Studio, the home of multi-million selling game franchise SingStar, DanceStar, Wonderbook and PlayStation VR Worlds. Before heading up London Studio he was Audio Manager, Creative Services Manager, Executive Producer on games including SingStar and Wonderbook. Dave is also an active member of the game development industry, holding positions on the BAFTA Games Committee, the Game Developers Conference (San Francisco) and the XR Developers Conference.

Dave Ranyard is speaking at the following session/s

Ahead of Its Time: Why is PlayStation Home One of the Most Talked About Games of 2022?

Wednesday 13th July: 14.00 - 14.45 Room 4

The metaverse, or Web3, is being heralded as the next big thing in the digital world, with 70% of brands saying they need a significant presence in it and 50% of those have admitting they have no idea how to achieve it. And the world of crypto currencies, NFTs and blockchain requies virtual spaces to be built so they can sell land in this brave new world. This opens up a great opportunity for games developers, our services have never been in such high demand….

But who knows the most about these digital spaces? What works, what doesnt… what makes them sticky, what sells and what causes upset? The answer is the pioneers! and PlayStation Home was one of the first and most influencial. A virtual community space with social games, avatars, dancing, land & digital clothing for sale  and all the technical gubbins behind it all. Sony, as ever, arrived at the party early and learned a lot. Consequently, everyone is looking at PS Home and it can help us now.

This panel discussion brings together some of the founders and key voices of PS Home to understand what they learned, how they have used that knowledge and how it applies to the future. With a mix of foundational questions, topical insight and some fun along the way, this will be a lively and informative conversation of best in class web3 development.

Takeaway:

  • Cut through the hype to understand what it really takes to make a successful virtual community in a multiplayer world.
  • Understand how to make a metaverse sticky: what works for retention and what doesn't.
  • Hear from PS Home veterans how they have applied their expertise to current and future projects.

Blockchain's Future in the Games Industry

Tuesday 12th July: 15.00 - 15.45Room 1

The games industry has historically been quick to make use of emerging technologies and with billions of dollars of investment, there is no shortage of ideas but little detail on how it can positively impact game design. The panel will expertly navigate the hype, scams and get-rich-schemes to talk about what the technology can offer and why players should care.

Takeaway:

  • New ideas for game design using blockchain
  • An understanding of the challenges of building a token economy
  • How to approach blockchain from a technical perspective

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