EL SEGUNDO, CA – October 4, 2013 – Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. announced today that Julien Merceron has joined KONAMI as its new Worldwide Technology Director for the areas encompassing Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Merceron is a veteran in the video game industry, and will assume a leadership role in enhancing the game development technology at KONAMI. Merceron started his new role as part of Konami Digital Entertainment, B.V., the European branch of KONAMI, on October 1, 2013.
Julien Merceron comes to KONAMI with a strong record of success in the development of a range of entertainment content including a top hit series in the video game industry, which has sold more than 100 million copies to date. Merceron is especially well known across the globe as one of the industry's leading experts in developing technologies for game engines. From creating stunning graphics that immerse the players into the video game world environment, to introducing characters that display natural movements that do not feel programmed, Merceron is able to utilize his technological strengths to make fun, engaging game elements a reality.
Merceron, a passionate advocate of the games industry, currently serves as a jury member for video games and film at the Home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as an advisory board member for the Game Developers Conference, and as an adviser for the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference, Japan's largest conference held for game developers.
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. President Tomoyuki Tsuboi commented, "Julien Merceron is lauded in the industry for his leadership in game design and development. Mr. Merceron will help us gain a technical edge in the highly competitive digital entertainment market through contributions to upcoming titles, making them more engaging and exciting for our customers."
After joining KONAMI, Merceron will be working on the next generation "FOX ENGINE", which will be utilized for the latest title of the Kojima Productions' award winning METAL GEAR series. In the future, it is anticipated he will also be involved in the development of other KONAMI titles including soccer and baseball games.
About Konami Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, UK. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.
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