September 3, 2008

Montreal International Game Summit Speakers Revealed

Montreal, Quebec - Alliance numérique, Quebec’s digital industry network, has provided a glimpse of the content in store for the 2008 Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS). The event brings together creators, developers, and producers of video games for all platforms.

This year’s line-up includes an exclusive keynote address from David Braben of Frontier Developments, along with a special showcase featuring Quebec and Canadian talent.

Industry sessions will be divided into six tracks: Game Design, Visual Arts, Technology, Production, Business, and Serious Games. To foster greater collaboration among event participants, the Summit will introduce roundtables in 2008,¬ inviting attendees and speakers to address specific topics and engage in open discussions.

In addition to the sessions included in the six-track schedule, the 2008 Montreal International Game Summit will welcome four speakers whose professional paths are an inspiration to many in the industry, says a representative.

Frontier Developments’ David Braben from the UK will be one of the four marquee keynotes at the Summit. An active and outspoken advocate of the video game industry in the UK, Braben will analyze recent and upcoming technological trends and the implementation of new business models, as well as offer his predictions for sixth-generation consoles in a session entitled “Planning for the Future.”

The fifth edition of the Summit will also highlight Quebec and Canadian creative talent in the video game industry. More than 20 high-profile speakers will be on hand this year.

From Quebec
Stéphane D¹Astous, General Manager, Eidos Montréal, Log of a Montreal
Start-up (Business Track)
 David Lightbown, A2M, Under the Surface (Visual Arts Track)
 Éric Chartrand, EA Montréal, Should We See the World Differently? Design
Better Games for a New Audience (Design Track)
 Dominic Guay, Ubisoft Montréal, Procedural Data Generation in Far Cry 2
(Technology Track)
 Sébastien Caisse and Jean-Sébastien Duberger, Volta, Concept Art
Outsourcing (Visual Arts Track)

From Canada
 Ken Faier, President, Nerd Corps Entertainment, Developing Multi-platform
Children's Properties (Business Track)
 Paul Martin and Dean Giberson, Slant Six Games, Data Massage Therapy:
Pipelines, SCons and SOCOM: Confrontation (Technology Track)
 Edoardo De Martin, Next Level Games, Efficiency through Common Sense
(Production Track)
 Steve Rechtschaffner, Nexon Publishing North America¹s Humanature Studio,
There¹s Nothing Micro about Microtransactions! (Business Track)
 Stéphane Morichère-Matte, Threewave software, Making Great Multiplayer
(Production Track)

MIGS is pleased to acknowledge the support of its public sector partners Canada Economic Development, Canadian Heritage, the Quebec Ministry for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), and the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, as well as the public relations contributions of its corporate partner, High Road Communications.