GameHorizon announces inspiring line-up

UNITY chief executive David Helgason is one of the top names on the bill for this year's GameHorizon conference on Tyneside.

Unity Technologies founder and CEO David Helgason

UNITY chief executive David Helgason is one of the top names on the bill for this year's GameHorizon conference on Tyneside.

Helgason is lined up to discuss Unity’s plans to expand its game development tool across multiple platforms, and give a little insight into the past and present of the company.

Helgason co-founded Unity in 2003, and offers products for visualisation and game development. The company whose stated aim is to “democratise game development” – has seen its tools used for 3D web content, as well as development on PC and iMac as well as mainstream consoles and mobile platforms.

Helgason will be the keynote speaker at the annual gaming conference in Gateshead, which rolls up to The Sage on June 27 and 28.

Conference producer Nina Cliff said: “The theme for GameHorizon Conference 2012 is games, entertainment and technology. This year’s programme will feature successful entrepreneurs, unique thinkers and pioneering businesses sharing their stories and inspiration. It’s all about great content, innovative platforms and captivating audiences.”

Other speakers include Gareth Edmondson, the former managing director of Newcastle “triple-A” games studio Ubisoft Reflections who recently became CEO of mobile games firm Thumbstar Games. Mills, of digital design studio ustwo, will also be returning to this year’s conference, while Darren Jobling of Gateshead indie games company Eutechnyx will also be appearing.

Co-founder of mobile and handheld site Pocket Gamer Jon Jordan is heading to Gateshead, as is game technology and development firm NaturalMotion’s co-founder Torsten Reil. GameHorizon will also feature SpecialEffect director Mick Donegan, Eurogamer TV’s Johnny Minkley, Channel4’s Colin MacDonald, Oscar Clarke of Papaya Mobile and Chris Stevens of Atomic Antelope.

This is year five for the game conference, which brings industry professionals to Gateshead from the UK and beyond. Last year’s line-up featured author and editor Tom Chatfield, Zynga VP Louis Castle, Hilmar Petursson of CCP Games, John Nash of Blitz Games and Jesse Schell of Schell Games. Tickets are on sale from the event website at


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