Berlin / Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, 6 February 2015:
More Games Industry Leaders to Appear at 2015 Quo Vadis
- First 40 Sessions published!
- Andrew Sheppard (COO of GREE International)
- Ed Fries (Microsoft Game Studios founder)
- Joost van Dreunen (CEO of SuperData Research)
- Kate Edwards (IGDA Executive Director)
- Marek Ziemak (11 bit studios/ “This War Of Mine”)
- Timo Ullman (YAGER/ “Dead Island 2”/ “Dreadnought”)
Berlin / Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, 6 February 2015: Since 2003, Quo Vadis has been the most important international game developers’ conference to be
held in Germany. The expanded line-up of top international speakers to appear at its 13th edition from 21 to 23 April 2015 in Berlin now also
includes: Andrew Sheppard (COO of GREE International), Ed Fries (former Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios/ co-founder of the XBOX project),
Joost van Dreunen (CEO of SuperData Research), Kate Edwards (Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association), Marek Ziemak
(Senior Producer at 11 bit studios), Kacper Kwiatkowski (Game Designer, “This War Of Mine”) and Timo Ullman (CEO of YAGER). Conference
organizer Aruba Events is also announcing the first 40 Sessions, which are now online on www.qvconf.com. Tickets for Quo Vadis are available on
As part of the International Games Week Berlin in April, Quo Vadis offers game developers, industry professionals and students an exciting three-day program
packed with specialist lectures, workshops, tech summits, business panels and a wide range of networking events. The topics will cover all aspects of the games
industry, from the development of worldwide blockbuster games, the challenges facing start-ups and indie developers, to best-practice marketing talks and
training for career starters. The complete program will be available online shortly on www.qvconf.com.
Andrew Sheppard left US mobile game developer Kabam Games in 2014 to join the Japanese competitor, GREE International. As COO of GREE, Sheppard has
a hand in driving the company’s expansion course, and he will share some of his knowledge of the mobile games market at Quo Vadis.
Industry veteran Ed Fries designed his first computer game in the early eighties for the Atari 800, before joining Microsoft in 1986 to set up Microsoft Game
Studios. During his tenure as Microsoft’s Vice President until 2004 he oversaw the growth of the Microsoft games division from 50 to over 1200 employees and
had a pivotal role in the creation of the XBOX.
Joost van Dreunen is the CEO of SuperData Research and will examine bestpractice
examples of games that are both innovative and commercially successful, in his talk “How to catch a unicorn: De-risking creativity”.
Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and thus, one of the leading figures behind this globally active
organization. She was named one of the “10 most powerful women in the games industry” by Fortune Magazine in 2013. At Quo Vadis, Edwards will discuss the
role of women in the games sector.
Marek Ziemak (Senior Producer) of Polish game developer 11 bit studios and Kacper Kwiatkowski (Game Designer) are the creators of the acclaimed anti-war
game, “This War of Mine”; that has garnered a string of international awards. Timo Ullman (CEO of YAGER) is the publisher of “Spec Ops: The Line”, the
game that sparked much debate with its profound story about the brutality and fog of war. Currently, the Berlin-based game studio is working on the eagerly
awaited multi-platform title “Dead Island 2”, as well as spacecraft shooter “Dreadnought”, whose previews have already caused quite a stir.
Also confirmed for Quo Vadis 2015 are the developers of the world’s most popular game series, “Call of Duty”, Michael Condrey (Co-Founder & Studio
Head of Development) and Glen Schofield (Co-Founder & General Manager) of Sledgehammer Games, as are Dorian Kieken (Project Development Director at
BioWare) and Matias Myllyrinne (CEO of Remedy Entertainment).
In 2014, a total of 170 speakers presented 110 lectures and workshops which addressed current developments in the computer and video game industry.
Having hosted over 2,500 visitors in 2014, Quo Vadis is about to nearly double its capacity in 2015. The established venue, Café Moskau, will be augmented by
Berlin’s nearby Kino International, where the keynote presentations and other featured talks are to be held. Quo Vadis has reserved a whopping 800 sqm of
floor space for the “Pitch & Match” business format which will be introduced at the conference to support games companies in their targeted business development
activities by providing a forum for meetings with potential partners and associates. For all the details, and to purchase Quo Vadis tickets, please visit
About Quo Vadis – create.game.business
Since 2003, Quo Vadis has been Germany’s leading international game developers’ conference. In 2007 the event moved to Berlin, and was attended by more than 2,500 visitors in 2014. Quo Vadis has firmly established itself as the biggest conference in Germany to focus on games-industryrelated themes and is one of the industry’s top three conventions in Europe. Featuring a broad range of panel discussions, presentations and workshops, the developer-focused conference provides an insight into industry trends and is part of the INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN. Quo Vadis is organized by Aruba Events GmbH. Learn more about Quo Vadis on www.qvconf.com.
About INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN
The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN from April 21–26, 2015 is the leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture in Europe. Over six days, the umbrella brand combines more than ten events for industry representatives and game enthusiasts alike. In 2014, about 10.000 international and German game developers, publishers, investors and representatives of public institutions and the media industry as well as gamers, families and fans came to Berlin. During the INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN, a variety of events take place, including the opening event Opening Summit, the German Games Award, the games business and development conference Quo Vadis, the independent video games festival A MAZE. / Berlin, Gamefest at the Computer Games Museum, Womenize!, Matchmaking Dinner, Making Games Talents, CGC BarTalk, Apps World Germany, and many more. The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN follows in the footsteps of the DGT – Deutsche Gamestage – an event initiated by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin in 2007. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supports many of the individual events. Information on www.gamesweekberlin.com.
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