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Wright Bagwell's picture

Wright is a designer and entrepreneur with a deep passion for building products that enable everyone’s skill and creativity to shine. He found his passion for game design and fascination with game platforms after getting hooked on the Quake...

Senior Vice President
Shanti Bergel's picture

Mr. Shanti Bergel serves as Senior Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at GREE where he leads strategic partnerships, investments, M&A, publishing, business development and corporate strategy.  Leveraging more than...

Investment Executive
Christopher Bergstresser's picture

Sega, Konami,, Atari, Vector Entertainment, Miniclip, MTGx

Debbie Bestwick's picture

Debbie Bestwick MBE, is CEO of award-winning veteran games developer and international games label, Team17. Debbie co-founded Team17 in 1990, Team17 is a leading international games label that hosts the Worms franchise, Yooka-Laylee, Way to the...

Head of Google Play Apps & Games, Western Europe
Philipp von  Bieberstein's picture

Philipp von Bieberstein is the Head of Google Play Apps & Games, Western Europe at Google. In his role, he helps apps & games businesses from Western Europe to find success on Android and...

CRYENGINE Product Manager
Collin Bradford Bishop's picture

Collin has been immersed in the entertainment industry his entire life, and he began his career as a camera assistant for Sam Raimi at Ghosthouse Pictures in Los Angeles. After several years working on commercial productions in the United States...

Maximo Cavazzani's picture

Maximo Cavazzani is the creator of Trivia Crack and CEO of Etermax. He has a degree in Software Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology. In 2009, he founded Etermax; a software development company which currently specializes in...

Development Director
Brian Chambers's picture

Brian Chambers, Development Director of Foundry 42 Frankfurt, has been playing with Digital content for over 20 years. He got his feet wet straight out of Art School doing special effects for Film and TV. He later transitioned to the games...

Games Outreach
Anya Combs's picture

Anya Combs is the Games Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, where she focuses on working with game creators. She has been active in the digital games space for nearly a decade, overseeing multiple mobile and online titles launched for Nickelodeon...

Head of Games
Luke Crane's picture

Luke Crane is the Head of Games at Kickstarter. He also writes and publishes his own RPGs and board games.

Don Daglow's picture

Don Daglow is a three-time Inc. 500 CEO and 2008 Technical Emmy® Award recipient who advises game developers and publishers around the world. His clients range from small mobile game startups to large international publishers. Don is the only...

Sjoerd de Jong's picture

As Evangelist for Epic Games, Sjoerd travels around Europe to promote Unreal Engine 4. With 16 years of experience in the Unreal Engine, Sjoerd is an expert at a wide range of Unreal Engine topics. Throughout his career he has worked on...

Creative Director
Martin de Ronde's picture

Martin started working in the games industry over 20 years ago as a PR manager and later as development manager in publishing. After this, he wanted to see what life was like on the other side of the game industry fence and founded his own...

Co-founder / Indie Evangelist
Jason  Della Rocca's picture

Jason Della Rocca is the co-founder of Executions Labs, a first-of-its kind, hybrid game incubator and go-to-market accelerator that helps independent game developers produce games and bring them to market. Formerly, Jason was a game industry...

Co-founder & Creative Director
Patrice Désilets's picture

Creator of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Now working on Ancestors; The Humankind Odyssey, the first game developed by his own studio, Panache Digital Games.

Ed DiEoreo's picture

I bring over 18 years’ experience in selling telecom, internet infrastructure, cloud based, managed hosting and managed security services sales experience. Over the past 13 years, I have worked with some of the world’s largest global...

Executive Director
Kate Edwards's picture

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), appointed in December 2012. She is also the founder and principal consultant of Geogrify, a Seattle-based consultancy for content culturalization, and...

Dr. Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen's picture

Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen (PhD, Psychologist) is CEO of Serious Games interactive. He founded Serious Games Interactive in 2006. Today it has around 15 employees. He has studied, researched and worked with computer games for +15 years. Over the...

Virtual Reality Manager EMEAI
Dominic Eskofier's picture

Dominic is a huge Virtual Reality advocate and enthusiast and has been called “the single most influential European Virtual Reality specialist”. As one of the early pioneers of the modern VR movement, Dominic has been involved in the industry...

Mark Estdale's picture

Game dialogue producer involved with the production of voice content for hundreds of titles including Horizon Zero Dawn, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, The Witcher, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, Game of Thrones - A Telltale...

Design Director
Niklas Fegraeus's picture

Made stop motion films out of Legos and paper as a kid, while doing lots of drawing and painting. Graduated from Art School in 2000 and got a job in the games industry as a 3D artist. Pursued a career in eSports as leader of a sponsored CS1.6...

Strategic Consultant
Christian Fonnesbech's picture

Christian Fonnesbech advises the game industry on project and company strategies, going-to-market, publishers and investment. He currently advises Nordisk Film Games on investments in game developers as well as strategy...

Senior Programmer
Oliver Franzke's picture

Oliver is the lead programmer of Full Throttle Remastered, Day of the Tentacle Remastered and Broken Age. Prior to that, he made major contributions to other Double Fine titles like The Cave and Once Upon a Monster. During his career he has...

Creative & Tech Director
Dominik Gotojuch's picture

Dominik originally intended to become an actor, but instead ended up studying software engineering. When he found himself at Lionhead Studios, it took him just two weeks to realise what he wanted to do for the rest of his life - develop games....

head of marketing
Patryk Grzeszczuk's picture

Patryk is head of marketing at 11 bit studios, focusing on game marketing and digital communication. He is a devoted gamer for the last twenty five years and a brand/marketing specialist for the last twelve years. He believes that games are a new...

Jon Hare's picture

CAREER HISTORY • A founding father of the UK games industry, specialising in creative direction, games design, business development, licensing, public speaking & education. • One of the top games designers and consultants in Europe. Designed...

General Manager, Hamar Game Collective
Runa Haukland's picture

General manager of the Hamar Game Collective, March 2014 to now.

Developer Evangelist
Michael Hines's picture

AMAZON.COM, Seattle, Washington Developer Evangelist 2011 – Present • Celebrated Speaker: • Blog Post Author: • Feedback Channel to SDK Team: PENGALA, LLC, Education Software, Bellevue, Washington Director of Program and Product Management (and...

Chair - BAME in Games
Kish Hirani's picture

Kish marks 21 years in the games industry this year. He started as a software engineer, swiftly attaining technical director or equivalent roles at development studios and publishing houses like Acclaim, THQ, BBC Multimedia to name a few... The...

Business Analyst
Diane Hunkeler's picture

Diane is business analyst at Berlin based mobile games developer Wooga. Originally from Switzerland, she joined Wooga four years ago after some work experience abroad and graduating from the University of St. Gallen with a masters in Strategy and...

Business & Development
Rami Ismail's picture

Rami Ismail is the Business & Development Guy at Vlambeer, a Dutch independent game studio known best for Wasteland Kings, Ridiculous Fishing, Super Crate Box, LUFTRAUSERS, GUN GODZ, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter & Radical Fishing....

Managing director & PR specialist
Peter  Jakobsen's picture

Peter Jakobsen – PR specialist & managing director PR Nordic. Peter has built and handled PR activities for a large amount of video game publishers. Representing 2K Games, Rockstar Games, Disney Interactive, THQ, Square Enix etc. He has 18...

Lead Project Programmer
Billy  Khan's picture

Billy Ethan Khan is the Lead Project Programmer of the award winning DOOM (2016) and the Lead Engine Programmer of idTech6 at id Software. DOOM(2016) is the first game to use idTech6, the latest and most advanced version of id Software's famous...

CEO, Founder
Jiri Kupiainen's picture

16th year in the Finnish games business, working as an engineer, producer, Disney VP, and startup founder. Sold previous gaming company Rocket Pack to Disney for 8 figures 365 days after founding. Current company Shark Punch recently raised a $1....

Coder / PhD Student
David Kuri's picture

Tech dude, game programmer, heavy metal musician. Started studying Computer Science in Magdeburg and working for Volkswagen in 2009. Got involved with Acagamics e.V. as Head of Industrial Relations. Spent some time at Piranha Bytes in Essen,...

VP of Business Development
Shirley Lin's picture

Shirley is a seasoned international business development executive focusing on mobile AdTech for gaming, monetization, user acquisition and investment. She was a serial entrepreneur and advisor to startups and a frequent speaker/judge in...

Game designer & creative director, freelance
Pascal Luban's picture

Pascal is a freelance creative director and game designer based in France.

Working as game designer since 1995, he has been commissioned by major studios and publishers including Activision, SCEE, Ubisoft and DICE. In...

Outsourcing Manager
Kalvin Lyle's picture

Kalvin Lyle has been working in games since 1996 when he joined Bioware to work on MDK2, Baldur’s Gate & Neverwinter Nights. With a strong background in art production and direction he has spent the last 20 years in game production. Recently...

Dr. Graham McAllister's picture

Graham is the Director of Player Research, an award-winning UX research and playtesting studio based in Brighton, UK. Graham is a BAFTA Games member and has written regular columns on UX research for EDGE and He's spoken...

Art Director
Riana McKeith's picture

Riana McKeith is art director at Berlin based mobile games developer Wooga. She heads the art team of Wooga’s internal Arcade Studio, that focuses on the development of mobile puzzle games. In her role she oversees the visual development of two...

Atul Mehra's picture

Atul is a co-founder of Spearhead Games in Montreal and has been working in the game industry for over 12 years in various roles as Development Manager and Development Director.  These roles over time have covered all the disciplines of...

Studio Game Design Director
Fawzi Mesmar's picture

A passionate game designer with over 14 years of experience in the industry, He has worked on multiple platforms (PC, Xbox360, XBLA, GBA, Facebook, iOS and Android). During the course of his career Fawzi has shipped over 20 games, many of them...

Communications Manager
Eline Muijres's picture

Eline is Communications Manager at Dutch Game Garden, a game incubator and business center with 3 locations in the Netherlands. Eline has a background in PR, marketing, and production, previously at independent game studio Game Oven, known for...

CMO Germany
Tom  Putzki's picture

Tom Putzki is a veteran in the games industry with a track record of more than 50 games from casual games to full price blockbuster. Tom began his career at the German developer Greenwood Entertainment and founded his first own company PIRANHA...

Chief Operating Officer
Ville Rauma's picture

Ville is a grizzly game development veteran with a programming background who is now enabling super talented teams to create the best mobile games on the planet.

At Fingersoft he has worked on titles reaching hundreds of millions of...

Associate Professor
Dr. Sebastian Risi's picture

Sebastian Risi is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen where he is part of the Center for Computer Games Research and the Robotics, Evolution and Art Lab (REAL). His research interests include computational intelligence in...

Lead Technical Quest Designer
Paweł Sasko's picture

Journalist and Psychologist by education, Quest Designer by the desire of heart. Works on designing stories and quests for games since 12 years. Co-created few AAA RPGs, like “Two Worlds II” with the expansion pack, “Witcher 2”, “Witcher 3”, and...

Executive Producer
Christopher Schmitz's picture

Christopher Schmitz joined the game industry in 1992 when game development was still lean and mean. For the past 10 years he supervised game development at Ubisoft Blue Byte in Dusseldorf, as well as Quantic Dream in Paris as Studio Production...

CEO, Co-founder
Glen Schofield's picture

Glen Schofield is Studio Head and Founder of Sledgehammer Games, developers of 2011's Action Game of the Year - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. He has been creating video games for over 25 years....

Managing Partner
LK Shelley's picture

LK Shelley has over 17 years’ international experience in the US, EU and Asia/JP. She participated in and transacted investments from US$5-$900M and exited a couple of ventures of her own. LK Shelley is the Managing Partner at Affiniti...

Tools Designer
Robin-Yann Storm's picture

Robin-Yann Storm used to be a game designer, a level designer, a scripter, modeller, environment artist, texture artist, and used a lot of tools during all those different jobs. Realising that tools should improve he became a freelance tool...

Lead Artist and Business Manager
Mel Taylor's picture

Melanie is lead artist and business manager at Osmotic Studios as well as one of the three co-founders. As a graphic designer and concept artist with a bachelor´s degree in communication design as well as a master´s degree in game design, she...

Co-Founder & Creative Director
Jan Theysen's picture

Jan Theysen is co-founder of KING Art Games. As Creative Director he does everything that’s fun: Writing, game-design and producing. He wrote the stories for most KING Art Games and is currently...

BizDev/Incubator Person
Johan Toresson's picture

Business Developer and somewhat responsible at the Gameport Incubator.

Founder of the Creative Coast Festival.

Member of the Board @ Game City (Blekinge/Skåne)

Member of the Board @ Forgotten Key

Quite shit at...

Kadri Ugand's picture

Kadri Ugand is the Co-founder of GameFounders, the global gaming startup accelerator. GameFounders has built up a network of 200+ mentors, partners and friends from the game industry to help young studios grow. Over the past few years she has...

Board member
Guy Ulmer's picture

Guy Ulmer is a board member at GameIS, the Israeli game industry association. In the past few years he has been an advocate of the Israeli game industry: doing advisory work for different parties and performing industry analysis work. He is also...

Game Researcher
Lies  van Roessel's picture

Lies van Roessel studied Communication Studies and New Media Studies at Utrecht University (NL), with a specialization in Game Studies, for which she took courses at the IT University of Copenhagen. In 2008 she graduated with a master’s thesis on...

Board games designer
Chris Ward's picture

I explain cool tech to the World. I am a Technical Writer for and blogger. I have crazy projects in progress and will speak to anyone who listens.

Online Games Consultant
Teut  Weidemann's picture

Teut Weidemann is an online games & f2p consultant and among consults clients world wide, among them Ubisoft, Digital Extremes, Edge of Reality, Headup Games & more – and Ubisoft Blue Byte on new online game projects after he assisted...

VP Product & Development
Tony Zander's picture

Tony Zander is the V.P., Product & Development, at Vectr Ventures. He oversees Vectr's Studio and leads product development for the portfolio. Tony has years of experience in creating global technology products. Prior to his work with Vectr,...

Game developer/ CCO
Vladimir Zivkovic's picture

As a passionate gamer i wanted to work on video games from my teenage years. I found myself as a 3d generalist working on various projects. In 2010 i started working on a Hidden Object adventure game working with a small team that now has over 70...

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