Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 - David Perry will be honoured for his achievements in a storied games industry career at the 2012 Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

At a ceremony on the evening of July 11th at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, Perry will receive the Development Legend Award, presented to individuals that have had the biggest impact on the business in Europe.

He joins an elite list of esteemed former recipients of the accolade that includes Peter Molyneux (Lionhead), David Braben (Frontier Developments), Charles Cecil (creator of Broken Sword), the Gower brothers (creators of Runescape), Phil Harrison (former SCE studios president), and last year’s Legend Ian Livingstone (Eidos life president).

Perry has worked in games for almost three decades and on 100 titles across 29 separate platforms. He formed Shiny Entertainment, later sold to Atari, worked on major console games, before directing his attentions to the online space. Most recently he has led cloud streaming service Gaikai. Perry began developing commercial games as a teenager, is one of the longest serving members of the Game Developer’s Conference Advisory Board, and is a popular speaker at events and universities across the globe including TED and MIT.

"A truly progressive games developer who started coding games as a kid in the UK, David's career has touched every topic and theme of the business that matters: coding, design, publishing, distribution, licensing, creating original content, working with brands, free-to-play, online gaming, writing, cloud gaming and supporting students," said Develop and MCV editor-in-chief Michael French.

"Over the last 30 years he’s had multiple number one hits in his career, and the games and services he has devised or worked on have set the bar for many that followed. We look forward to welcoming him on stage this July to collect his much-deserved honour."

Perry added: “I’m incredibly flattered by this award. I’m from Great Britain and have incredible respect for the people that have been recognised in previous years. My mother is going to be blown away; she thought she was buying me that first Sinclair ZX81 to do homework on.”

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards take place on July 11th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton, UK, and honour the achievements and accomplishments of games studios and games technology businesses operating in the UK. The event is sponsored by Deep Silver, Crytek, Rare, UKIE, Amiqus, Testronic Labs, Supermassive Games, Game Connection and OPM Jobs.

To book a place at the awards, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 535 646.

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About David Perry

David Perry is the CEO and co-founder of Gaikai.com, a company that’s developed a cutting-edge video game streaming technology allowing the highest quality games to run in a browser with just one click. Previously, David was chief creative officer of Acclaim.com, directing free-to-play games. David has developed over 100 games including the hits Earthworm Jim and The Matrix series. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Game Developers Conference and is a regular speaker at conferences and universities including TED, Hollywood and Games Summit and MIT.  

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