1 November 2012: Tandem Events has announced that Palmer Luckey, founder of virtual reality developer Oculus VR, Inc., will deliver the keynote session at the Evolve Conference in London on 11 December 2012.

Palmer’s session, “Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming”, will examine how virtual reality technology is finally set to push games to the next level, and will enable us to step inside the games we love for a truly multi-dimensional experience.

Palmer Luckey is the original designer of the Oculus Rift – a groundbreaking, head-mounted display device for virtual reality gaming, which was first demonstrated publicly earlier this year and recently raised over $2.4m USD in a Kickstarter campaign. The Oculus Rift produces a stereoscopic 3-D experience with a huge field of vision—110 degrees diagonally—and overcomes the latency problems that have plagued previous VR gaming headsets, where movement in the game lags behind the movement of the player’s head.

“I’m excited to be able to share my passion for virtual reality at such an influential and innovative conference,” says Palmer Luckey. “Virtual reality has finally arrived and as it matures, it’s going to change games forever. As gamers and developers, we have a lot to look forward to.”

"We're really excited that Palmer is giving the keynote talk at this year’s Evolve in London,” says Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events. “The ground-breaking Oculus Rift has been hailed by industry luminaries like Gabe Newell and John Carmack as offering truly immersive and responsive virtual reality for gamers. So we look forward to Palmer sharing a glimpse into the future of gaming."

The Evolve Conference features sessions from expert industry pioneers in interactive entertainment technology, emerging platforms and new business models, Evolve concentrates on innovations in games development, exploring how developers can stay ahead of the game in an increasingly competitive market.

The conference will take place on 11 December at the DeVere West One, Portland Place, London W1, and starts at 10.30am.

Other Evolve sessions include:

Interactive Linear TV is Part of Our Future

Josh Atkins, Microsoft Soho Productions

The Kids are Alright (for apps) – exploring 15 of the most innovative children’s apps of 2012

Stuart Dredge, Freelance Journalist (Guardian, Sunday Times, The Appside)

The 3 Ghosts of Game Funding: Past, Present, and Future

Adam Martin, Red Glasses

Good vs. Evil: Making Money From Free-to-Play Without Selling Your Soul

Patrick O’Luanaigh, nDreams

Immediately prior to Evolve, delegates can also attend Edge Presents: Changing the Game, a special event organised jointly between Tandem Events and Future PLC and featuring two sessions debating the future of games development. www.edge-online.com/edgepresents

The early bird discount for attendees is only available for another week: register before 7 November to qualify for the 20% discount on the full conference fee. Details of pricing for each event and the discounted fee for delegates attending both Evolve and Edge Presents can be found at www.evolveconference.com.

About Palmer Luckey:

Palmer is the original designer of the Oculus Rift and the founder of Oculus VR, Inc. Prior to Oculus, Palmer worked as an engineer at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies in the Mixed Reality lab, where he contributed to research and development in the field of virtual reality and head-mounted displays. 

About Evolve in London:

Evolve in London is a day-long conference focusing on how to develop games for new platforms, new technologies and new markets. 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 and Evolve in Brighton, Evolve in London, Develop in Liverpool, GamesDevMasterClasses, Games:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads. www.tandemevents.co.uk 


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