DEVELOP GETS ELECTRIFIED WITH BIOSHOCK KEYNOTE

London June 19th 2008: The biggest title of 2007, and key members of its award winning creative team of Ken Levine, Christopher Kline, Nate Wells and Bill Gardner, have signed up to set the pace of Develop Conference in Brighton with a keynote session that examines the secrets of the huge success of BioShock during the opening session on Wednesday 30th July.

Widely recognised as masters of narrative-driven gaming, these developers led the team that made BioShock. The game achieved numerous 10/10 scores and was hailed as one of the top 3 games of all time by PC Gamer.

Levine, named Person of the Year 2007 by the One Up Network, is the founder and Creative Director of 2k Boston. He led the creation of the multi-million selling 2007 game-of-the-year, BioShock, and was named Developer of the Year 2007 by Next-Gen.Biz.

“We are obviously delighted to be welcoming Ken and the team to Develop in Brighton. Their passion and experience are genuinely inspirational and this session will be a fantastic start to a packed two days of knowledge building sessions. So, would you kindly take your seats, it’s going to be a brilliant few days by the sea with many of the biggest and brightest names in the development world speaking, participating and partying,” commented Andy Lane, Event Director of the Develop Conference at Tandem Events.

About Develop Conference and Expo

The third annual Develop Conference will host more than 90 speakers and 60 sessions moulded around tracks that are key to the world of games development: Audio, Art&Animation, Business, Coding, Game Design, Production and World View.

A full list of confirmed sessions can be found online at www.developconference.com. Registration is now open and delegates can apply for Super, Standard, Mobile, Audio and Expo passes for the Develop Conference and Expo online at www.developconference.com. Discounts are available on all passes purchased before 1 July 2008. The expo pass is free of charge– please register online.

Develop Online, Develop Mobile and GAMES:EDU will run alongside the Develop Conference&Expo on Tuesday 29 July. Develop Mobile is expanding to offer delegates two tracks– business and development– with sessions focused on everything from the latest 3D technologies, to case studies of successful games, proven techniques for launching a new IP, and cross-platform casual games design.

GAMES:EDU is an annual conference, which aims to light a spark under the debate over the current and future education needs of the gaming community. It offers a unique opportunity for those who have a passion to transform the UK development community. Backed by Skillset, GAMES:EDU brings together the UK's foremost educators from across all disciplines to connect directly with developers and games producers, to exchange ideas and perspectives.

About Tandem Events

Tandem Events has over 20 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, including Develop Conference&Expo, Develop Mobile Conference, GAMES:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads. For more information, please visit www.tandemevents.co.uk

Interested in participating at Develop? Please contact:

Craig Mundle or Andy Lane on +44 (0) 20 7405 4500

E: craig@tandemevents.co.uk/andy@tandemevents.co.uk


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