FACEBOOK’S GARETH DAVIS TO KEYNOTE AT EVOLVE IN LONDON

Evolve in London has scored a massive coup by securing Facebook’s Gareth Davis to present the conference’s opening keynote.

Evolve in London, which is the sister event of Europe’s leading game developer conference Develop in Brighton, takes place on 1 December 2011 at De Vere West One.

Davis – formerly with Electronic Arts, Sega and Pixar and now platform manager for games at the legendary social site – will give Evolve in London delegates invaluable insight into creating social games on desktop, console and mobile for the world’s largest social gaming platform. In September 2011, Facebook had notched up 800 million active users worldwide and over 200 million people play games on Facebook each month.

"We’re delighted that Gareth Davis is opening the second Evolve in London conference and that we’re able to provide our delegates with a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Facebook," commented Andy Lane, managing director of Evolve in London organiser Tandem Events. 

“In a relatively short space of time, Facebook has emerged as a leading platform for games, igniting the social game revolution. Until recently, it was a platform dominated by Zynga, the developer behind the phenomenally successful Farmville and Cityville titles. But in recent times, traditional videogames stalwarts, such as EA with Sims Social, have proved that they’re ready to take a piece of the social gaming pie so Gareth’s keynote provides the perfect platform for developers to learn more about the opportunities that are out there.”

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Notes to editors:

About Gareth Davis:

Gareth Davis is a Platform Manager at Facebook for Mobile and Games. Prior to Facebook, Gareth spent ten years in the games industry, producing games for Electronic Arts and Sega. He led software development at Pixar Animation Studios for five years, working on award winning, commercial blockbuster films The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. He holds a Bachelors degree in Artificial Intelligence and a MBA from UC Berkeley. 

About Evolve in London:

Evolve in London is a daylong conference focusing on how to develop games for new platforms, new technologies and new markets. The programme will explore emerging platforms, new business models and the integration of Internet services and user-generated content. It will help game developers tackle the issues arising from emerging platforms and digital marketplaces, connected gaming, user-generated content, and the crossover between games and Internet services. The first Evolve in London took place in December 2010, following its huge popularity running alongside Develop in Brighton.

To register for Evolve in London, please visit  www.evolveconference.com 

About Tandem Events:

Tandem Events has over 25 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, including Develop in Liverpool, Evolve in London, Develop in Brighton, Evolve in Brighton, GAMES:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads. www.tandemevents.co.uk

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