Casual Connect USA is about matching the creativity of the games industry with new media innovation and investment. There will be many talented speakers at Casual Connect USA 2016, and today we’re highlighting some of the Industry Insights track speakers. Learn the inner workings and new trends of the games industry from those who know it best. The Industry Insights track will help you create more potent strategies with global and region-specific insights.
Ed Fries is current the board member for the Open Gaming Alliance, the IGDA Foundation and Pacific Science Center among others and is an adviser to companies like FOVE, Razer and Curse Inc. He is perhaps best known for his time as a Microsoft Vice President, where he created Microsoft Game Studios and is a founder of the Xbox project.
While Ed pushed Microsoft to become more involved in the gaming industry (and specifically in the console gaming industry) and Ed was influential in their acquisition of Bungie Studios, Ensemble Studios and Rare. Under their leadership, Microsoft Game Studios published Halo: Combat Evolved, Mechwarrior 4, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Age of Empires and dozens of other titles.
Neil Young is currently the CEO of N3TWORK a company they founded in 2013. N3TWORK is designed to create an integrated experience that connects together the digital content based on the user’s interests, letting the user engage with people’s interests across all connected devices,
Neil has had several executive positions during his time in the gaming industry, including at Virgin Interactive, Origin Systems and then a nearly decade long run at EA. They then shifted over to mobile, founding ngmoco and spending time on the board of DeNA.
Chris DeWolfe is the founder and current CEO of SGN. The mobile studio has helped develop over a dozen top-10 titles on the iTunes Store, with over 700 million game installations including the acclaimed Cookie Jam.
Chris helped found MySpace in 2003, when it attracted as many as 300,000 new members daily. It was the most visited social networking site in the world from 2005-2008.
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David Radd is a staff writer for GameSauce.biz. David loves playing video games about as much as he enjoys writing about them, martial arts and composing his own novels.