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CCP CEO to Deliver Keynote at 2009 GDC Europe

Posted Thu, Jun 11, 2009 by Savanja

The Europe Game Developer's Conference is coming in August and as always, the keynote is made by a noteworthy industry professional. This year the honor has been awarded to CCP's CEO Hilmar Pètursson.

Hilmar will talk about CCP's success with EVE Online and also give a peek into CCP's newest project! Following is the official release from CCP regarding this occasion:

Berlin, Germany – June 10, 2009 – Hilmar Pètursson, Chief Executive Officer of CCP, one of the world’s largest independent game developers, will deliver a keynote address at the 2009 Game Developers Conference Europe entitled, “CCP: Winning the War”. GDC Europe will take place August 17-19, 2009 at Cologne Congress Center East in Cologne, Germany, bringing together top talent from across the globe to meet, exchange ideas and showcase some of the recent advances in video games and supporting technology.

In his address, Pètursson will discuss CCP’s rise to success from relative obscurity and how the small Reykjavik-based studio overcame the stigma of producing a niche product that’s now one of the largest massively multiplayer games (MMOGs) in the world: EVE Online. As a testament to the industry’s potential for growth despite widespread economic turmoil and as an inspiration for up-and-coming independent studios, Petursson will give an exclusive first look at the company’s latest project, which is currently in pre-production.

"GDC Europe is gearing up to be one of the industry's most essential events. I am honored to have this opportunity to share some of the valuable lessons CCP has learned with such a prestigious audience,” said Hilmar Pètursson.

Appointed CEO in January of 2004, Pètursson has led CCP’s explosive growth in terms of size and influence, including the company’s expansion into Asia and North America. Earlier this year, CCP announced plans for an extensive global expansion of the company, reflecting the global uptake of MMOGs and as evidenced by EVE’s ongoing prosperity.

To learn more about this keynote, and the up-to-date speaker and session lineup for GDC Europe visit: www.gdceurope.com.

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