devcom 2019 confirms new top-tier speakers


Today, Benjamin Archard, Elena Nikolova, Goichi “SUDA51” Suda, Hiromi Ishikawa, Carina Calvert, Tero Virtala and Eric Jacobus have been announced to join this year’s edition of the gamescom game developer event. devcom 2019 already boasts a roster of legendary speakers, such as Cristian Pana, Noah Falstein and Pia Jacqmart. The event is taking place in Cologne/Germany on August 18 and 19. 

Benjamin Archard, Elena Nikolova, Goichi “SUDA51” Suda, Hiromi Ishikawa, Carina Calvert, Tero Virtala and Eric Jacobus join the event’s line-up of renowned speakers

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Extending the event’s fantastic line-up, Rendering Programmer at 4A Games Ltd. Benjamin Archard will talk about ray tracing in Metro: Exodus. Snapshot Games’ 3D and VFX Animator Elena Nikolova will cover the topic of animating creatures with body mutations in Phoenix Point.

A further highlight at devcom will be the talk of Goichi “SUDA51” Suda, CEO and Game Designer at Grasshopper Manufacture and responsible for titles such as No More Heroeskiller7 and Lollipop ChainsawHimself and Hiromi Ishikawa, Chairman at Vantan Game Academy in Japan, will speak about the collaboration of Vantan Game Academy and the Vigamus Foundation.

Today, Benjamin Archard, Elena Nikolova, Goichi “SUDA51” Suda, Hiromi Ishikawa, Carina Calvert, Tero Virtala and Eric Jacobus have been announced

As Community Liaison at Playground Games (Forza Horizon 4), Carina Calvert will share her insights on community-driven game development.

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Tero Virtala, CEO at Remedy Games, will hold his speech on new developments within his well-known studio and the transformation it is currently undergoing. Having worked on the motion capture of Kratos, eight characters from Mortal Kombat 11, and Marvel’s The Avengers, SuperAlloy Interactive’s Eric Jacobus will illustrate the specifics of physical storytelling in regards to action and combat choreography, as well as live combat motion capture.

An overview of all confirmed speakers of devcom 2019 so far can be found on the official homepage:
Tickets for devcom 2019 are available via the official website:

About devcom 2019

devcom is the official gamescom developer event since 2017 and with more than 2,500 attendees in 2018 Europe’s annual ‚must attend‘ developers conference taking place from 18-19 August 2019, paving the way for gamescom, the world’s biggest video games exhibition.

Join us for the exclusive devcom Networking Dinner on Saturday evening, have a hot cup of coffee and tasty snacks on the showfloor, check out numerous business and indie exhibitors showcasing their services and games, witness the brandnew devcom HERO award– Europe’s first ‘Persons of the year award’ –, and attend our open-air devcom Sunset Party and devcom NRW Indie Developer Night. On top, devcom offers you and your team turnkey ready HR booths to scout for new talents, secluded rooms to organize your own individual press conference, as well as an excellent matchmaking app to plan your meeting schedule.

devcom 2019 features:

  • a Saturday evening Networking dinner: dine and connect with the faces of the games industry
  • an expo area: showcase and promote your services and tools to game developers
  • a two-day conference program – share and learn with experts and your peers
  • an indie area: discover and play the next indie game hit
  • a business area: meet and network with decision makers
  • an HR area: promote and recruit new talents
  • a PR Conference Room: schedule your personal conference and present your games to the press
  • the devcom HERO Award show – uncover and reward the people behind the screen
  • as well as 2 parties: the devcom Sunset Party on Sunday evening and the big devcom NRW Indie Developer Night on Monday evening – mingle and celebrate with us!

devcom is organized by
devcom GmbH a subsidiary of game – the German Games Industry Association, co-organiser of gamescom
Luxemburger Straße 79-83
50354 Hürth

Press contact & media partnerships:
Marchsreiter Communications
Dieter Marchsreiter – Thomas Hübner – Alexandra Krienke
[email protected]
Tel: +49 (0) 89 519 199 42

Sales contact:
Roufina Guenkova
[email protected]

Program contact:
Nico Balletta
[email protected]

About gamescom
gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. Here hundreds of thousands of visitors from hundreds of countries celebrate the latest games on-site in Cologne as well as millions of fans worldwide via the digital channels. With the business area, the entertainment area, the developer conference devcom, the gamescom congress and the gamescom city festival, gamescom covers the entire diversity of the games culture. In 2019, gamescom opens its doors to all interested trade visitors on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 and to the private visitors on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. gamescom is jointly organised by Koelnmesse and game – the Association for the German Games Industry e.V.

About game – the German Games Industry Association
We are the association of the German games industry. Our members include developers, publishers and many other games industry actors such as e-sports companies, institutions and service providers. As the co-organiser of gamescom, we are responsible for the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. We are an expert partner for media and for political and social institutions, and answer questions relating to market development, games culture and media literacy. Our mission is to make Germany the leading location for game development.

About Koelnmesse 
Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility segments. Trade fairs like photokina, dmexco, gamescom, INTERMOT and THE TIRE COLOGNE are established as leading international trade fairs. Koelnmesse not only organises trade fairs in these areas in Cologne, but also in other growth markets like, for example, China, Singapore and Thailand, which have different areas of focus and content. These global activities offer customers of Koelnmesse tailor-made events in different markets, which guarantee sustainable and international business.

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