Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. will deliver a keynote address at the 2009 Game Developers Conference, kicking off the main conferenceâ€™s schedule of lectures, panel discussions and roundtables.
The address, â€œDiscovering New Development Opportunities,â€ marks Iwataâ€™s first return to the GDC keynote stage since 2006. The Game Developers Conference takes place March 23-27 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Being a developer himself, Iwataâ€™s keynote lectures at the Game Developers Conference are known for inspiring other developers to think about creating games in new and different ways:
His 2005 keynote gave developers the first information about the technology being used for the next-generation console then codenamed "Revolution" -- which has since become known as the Wii.
In 2006, Iwata spoke about "disrupting development," and introduced the Western development community to philosophies on engaging new players, surprising existing players and the role the companyâ€™s video game systems would play in expanding the market and widening the possibilities for developers.
"The Game Developers Conference is thrilled to welcome Satoru Iwata back to the keynote stage," said Meggan Scavio, Event Director of the GDC. "His previous talks at the GDC can be credited with setting the stage for much of the huge growth the games industry has since seen, and attendees continue to talk about how both lectures impacted their perspective on development."
"We are confident that Iwataâ€™s keynote this year will be added to the list of memorable GDC talks. Attendees are eager to know how he will inspire them this year."
Born in 1959 in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan, Iwata studied at and graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology University, where he majored in computer science. Shortly after graduating, Iwata joined HAL Laboratory, Inc. and in 1983 began coordinating the software production and development of Nintendo titles, such as the Kirby series.
By 1993, he had become president of that company. In 2000, Iwata moved to Nintendo Co., Ltd. as the head of the Corporate Planning division, where he was responsible for Nintendoâ€™s global corporate planning. In 2002, he was named president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. where he continues to guide development of games with the passion of a game creator.
Satoru Iwataâ€™s keynote, â€œDiscovering New Development Opportunities,â€ is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST in the Esplanade Room of the Moscone Centerâ€™s South Hall.
The Game Developers Conference (part of Think Services, as is this website), the largest professional industry event dedicated to the creation of games, attracts over 18,000 attendees, and will take place March 23-27, 2009, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
For registration details and for more information, please visit the official Game Developers Conference 2009 website.