GDC Europe 2011 organizers have debuted fresh talks for August's show
, with online game-centric talks from Zynga's Mark Skaggs and The Settlers Online
's Teut Weidemann, plus AAA lectures on the creation of Bulletstorm
and the upcoming Silent Hill: Downpour
Taking place Monday through Wednesday, August 15-17, 2011 at the Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost ahead of the major gamescom trade show, GDC Europe 2011
has now revealed more than 60 sessions
in the event's just-launched Schedule Builder.
Some of the new highlights from the Main Conference sessions, which encompass tracks on Business & Marketing, Game Design, Production, Programming and Visual Arts, include:
- Zynga's Mark Skaggs is giving a lecture called 'Designing Successful Social Games'
as part of the Game Design Track, discussing "the design frameworks he uses when creating social games, including the popular global sensations FarmVille
- In 'Silent Hill: Past, Present & Future'
, Czech studio Vatra Games' Matthew Seymour and Brian Gomez, working on this year's much-awaited Silent Hill: Downpour
, "provide a survey of this seminal survival horror series, describing the challenges of disempowering players and creating a sense of dread when mainstream titles are empowering players like never before."
- Also in the Main Conference, German game development veteran Teut Weidemann (Turrican, X-Out
) is talking on 'F2P Online Games: The Game Is Not Enough'
, focusing on The Settlers Online
and 'out of client' learnings for the popular European online game around "web presence, support, payment systems, community management, and e-marketing."
- A high-profile talk debut at GDC Europe is 'The Triforce of Courage: Bulletstorm's Key Learnings on Global Distributed Development'
, with Epic's Tanya Jessen discussing the popular console title, which was developed in Poland but produced by Epic in the U.S. -- focusing on the "challenges and lessons learned from developing AAA in a global distributed way."
Multiple major GDC Europe 2011 keynotes are due to be revealed over the next few weeks for the event -- part of the UBM TechWeb Game Network, as is this website. In addition to the Main Conference, GDC Europe has added notable Summits
on social games, smartphone & tablet games, indie games and community management to the existing line-up this year.
In recent weeks, the show has already debuted talks from
social firms Playdom and Playfish, Mortal Kombat
creator NetherRealm Studios, as well as
on Mass Effect 3
, multiple smartphone game lectures
and many others, regarding Brink
, Blue Fang's Facebook success and Crysis 2
For more information on GDC Europe as the event takes shape, please visit the official GDC Europe website
, or subscribe to updates from the new GDC Europe-specific news page
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, or official Facebook page
. GDC Europe is a product of UBM TechWeb, as is this website.