Frontier Developments’ David Braben to Deliver Develop:Brighton 2019 Keynote

By June 3, 2019 Industry News

Early Bird Conference Passes Available Until 5 June

Monday 3 June: Frontier Developments CEO David Braben has been announced as a keynote speaker at Develop:Brighton 2019, a three-day conference and expo taking place 9-11 July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.


David will discuss the history of Frontier Developments, from Darxide to Jurassic World Evolution and the upcoming Planet Zoo, in a fireside chat with journalist Chris Dring to mark the studio’s 25th anniversary.


David is one of four keynote sessions to be announced. He joins No Man’s Sky director Sean Murray, Rebellion co-founders Chris and Jason Kingsley, and the founders of Media Molecule at the conference.


“David is a towering figure in the games industry whose expertise and knowledge are unparalleled,” said Andy Lane, managing director at conference organiser Tandem Events. “Our attendees can expect an insightful and passionate keynote from a true legend.”


Frontier Developments has been shortlisted in three categories at The Develop:Star Awards, taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. Frontier is up for Best Studio, as well as Best Game Design and Best Audio for its work on Jurassic Park Evolution.


Develop:Brighton 2019 is attended by more than 2300 members of the game development community and will be host to more than 100 speakers. The conference schedule can be viewed here.


Conference passes are available to purchase here at a discounted Early Bird rate available until Wednesday 5 June.


Members of the media interested in attending should fill out the media accreditation form.


Tickets for The Develop:Star Awards are available to purchase from the Develop:Star Awards website.


Develop:Brighton 2019 sessions include:


Everything Tells a Story

Haden Blackman – Hangar 13


The Xbox Adaptive Controller Story

Tara Voelker – Xbox


Achieving Deeper Player Interaction with Large-scale Worlds

Chris Jenner – Ubisoft Reflections


Show Them the Money: An Agents & Developers Q&A

Aj Grand Scrutton – Dlala Studios


Code Ahoy – Finding Hidden Treasure In Creating Your Own Audio Systems

Jon Vincent – Rare


MMObile: Bringing Old School RuneScape to Smartphones

Christopher Knowles, Jagex


Accessibility and the Importance of Including the Disabled in the Development Process

Felicia Prehn – Nopia Oy


Successful Crowdfunding: A Kickstarter Post-Mortem

Cari Watterton – Puny Astronaut


Working Together for Smarter Prototyping

Anastasiia Tsaplii – Bossa Studios


Licensed Music – Core Considerations | Creative Opportunities

Duncan Smith – Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe


Fun, Safety, Profit: Year 1 of a Successful Indie Studio

Lottie Bevan – Weather Factory


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About David Braben

David Braben is the CEO of Frontier Developments and co-creator of the Elite series. From the launch of Elite in 1984, Braben has been an industry luminary across four decades of gaming. As CEO of Frontier he heads up one of the UK’s largest independent game developers and publishers, overseeing the launch of award-winning titles such as Planet Coaster, Elite Dangerous and Jurassic World Evolution. A co-founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Braben was awarded with an OBE in 2014 for services to the UK computer and video games industry.

About Develop:Brighton conference & expo

The Develop:Brighton conference is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.


With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry’s key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to the smallest indies; from development directors to programmers.


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About The Develop:Star Awards

Taking place alongside the conference, the new Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 16 categories, including one ultimate ‘Develop Star’. This award will honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.


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