Just over two weeks to go until gamers, developers and event-goers can revel in 3-days of local and international indie games, eye-melting interactive digital art and a killer music line up at PLAYTOPIA (MGA) 2019. Delegate and festival ticket holders can look forward to exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers as well as VR rooms.
Each week leading up to Playtopia MGA 2019 we’ll acquaint you with some of the phenomenally talented speakers, artists and musicians who will make up this year’s festival. Last week, we introduced you to the funkadelic beat spinner, Tommy Gun from South Africa, Guitar Wizards, which will be featured at the ALT.CTRL.GDC exhibition, as well as internationally renowned South African motion artist, creative director and designer, Inka Kendzia. You can read all about them, right here.
This week we’ll introduce you to three leading professionals in their respective fields, CTO of Terra Virtua (a blockchain, entertainment-focused digital collectables platform across Mobile, AR and VR) Kish Hirani, Thomas Guindeuil, who works with UBISOFT and managed historical research and documentation on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Ciro Continisio, who leads the EMEA Evangelist team at Unity.
Kish Hirani | Terra Virtua
Kish Hirani, London based, is the CTO of Terra Virtua, an entertainment-focussed digital collectables platform across Mobile, AR and VR, with social, video gaming and creative experiences, enabled by blockchain. He started in the video games industry in 1996 as a programmer the day after graduating with a Masters from Edinburgh University, moving to technical leadership roles at notable development studios and publisher houses (Acclaim, BBC Multimedia, THQ) for the first half in the industry. He then moved over to platform-holders starting with Microsoft and soon after to Sony as their Head of Developer Services, running the PlayStation developer technology services division.
Catch Hirani’s talk at Playopia MGA 2019 – book your delegate ticket right here.
Thomas Guindeuil | UBISOFT
Thomas worked as a historian and international research project coordinator in Ethiopia. He is a specialist of the medieval and early modern Horn of Africa and now works as an “inspirational content advisor”, specialized in historical and cultural topics, within the Editorial Creative Services team at Ubisoft’s headquarters. He managed historical research and documentation on the last episode of Assassin’s Creed (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey), set in ancient Greece.
Catch Guindeuil’s talk at Playopia MGA 2019 – book your delegate ticket right here.
Ciro Continisio | Unity
Ciro Continisio leads the EMEA Evangelist team at Unity. He and his team travel around the EMEA region and spread the word about Unity, with a focus on Games. In the past, he used to develop games with his own company and worked as a tester at EA. He likes to bring advanced development practices and optimisation tricks into his talks, occasionally touching on some game design too.
Catch Continisio’s talk at Playopia MGA 2019 – book your delegate ticket right here.
THE PLAYTOPIA MGA EXPERIENCE
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