As the days to the start of Develop:Brighton come tick down the conference has revealed that the PlayStation Legend Shuhei Yoshida will be attending the event and also delivering the opening keynote. Furthermore, Yoshida will also be awarded the Legend Award at the Develop Awards, organised by Future Publishing as well.
This year Develop:Brighton is trying a new three-day format with Yoshida opening the event on Tuesday 10th July with a fireside chat where we will be sharing his perspective on a long and celebrated career. This will cover his early days at Sony where he started in the 1980s to joining the original PlayStation team two years ahead of its launch and overseeing the development of some of the companies global best-selling franchises including God of War, Grand Turismo, The Last of Us and Uncharted. Yoshida is also a fan of virtual reality (VR) owning a HTC Vive and Oculus Rift alongside the PlayStation VR.
A 25-year veteran of the videogames industry, Yoshida is a renowned software developer who was a part of PlayStation’s immense and sustained success for more than 20 years. During the keynote Yoshida will also talk about the mission of managing the worldwide studios and share valuable insights on Sony’s current success.
“We are delighted to welcome Shuhei Yoshida to Brighton this summer,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Develop:Brighton organisers, Tandem Events. “Shuhei has a wealth of experience in developing world-renowned games and overseeing top class development studios which is hard to match. Looking back over his 20 years in games development, our delegates will have a fantastic opportunity to hear about the lessons learnt in forging a successful career from a man who was at the birth of the PlayStation and his insights into Sony’s current successes. I can’t think of anyone better to open this year’s conference.”
Develop:Brighton is of course Europe’s leading videogame developer conference and expo, hosting over 100 sessions with over 120 speakers and nearly 1,000 companies attending. The event will be running from 10th July to 12th July, 2018 with tickets available to purchase now. Early bird tickets are still available until the 6th June where from the 7th June onward only standard tickets will be on sale. Recently it was also revealed that Chet Faliszek of Bossa Studios will giving a keynote at the event as well.
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