Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sage Event Puts Focus on Future of Gaming

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sage Event Puts Focus on Future of Gaming

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Byline: John Hill

THIS year's GameHorizon conference will feature a range of speakers sharing their thoughts about the future of gaming.

However, for a really frank discussion on where the industry is going, you can't beat a decent panel.

Organiser Codeworks has included a couple of panels in the programme for the returning conference, which arrives at the Sage in Gateshead on June 27 and 28.

Revolution Software founder Charles Cecil will be hosting a general panel on "games, the universe and everything" on Wednesday (June 27), featuring Mark Rein of Epic Games, Pocket Gamer co-founder Jon Jordan, Papaya Mobile's Oscar Clark and Thumbstar's CEO Gareth Edmondson.

Mark Rein, for example, has appeared at previous gaming events in the North East to discuss the staying power of the premium "triple-A" game titles, saying they will thrive on mobile platforms as well as consoles.

Gareth Edmondson left Newcastle studio Ubisoft Reflections to take the big job at mobile games service provider Thumbstar Games last year, leaping from the helm of a company developing highly-rated, big budget, driving game Driver: San Francisco to a growing firm helping to distribute smaller mobile games worldwide.

"There will be a lot to discuss, and we've got quite an opinionated panel", said conference producer Nina Cliff.

"There's the question of apps vs browser vs iCloud, and then there's interactive TV. At the moment it's an indie revolution in the games industry, but are the big boys going to wrestle it back soon? Traditionally it's been the publishers that have held all the cards, and are they going to end up with full control of the market again? "There's also the question of the free-to-play revolution at the moment. A lot of people think it's the future and it's a very popular business model.

"The "triple-A" game also is expanding onto other platforms now from consoles, such as mobile devices. …

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