Revolution Software’s Charles Cecil kicked off this year’s GameHorizon conference in Gateshead by welcoming the uncertain game industry landscape, saying it plays into the hands of smaller developers.
Cecil, who is set to announce his studio’s first original game since 2006 next month, said: “The uncertainty in the industry has terrified larger media companies.
“For independent developers it has been enormously beneficial as we can be more nimble.”
Cecil is hosting the two-day conference at arts venue The Sage on the banks of the Tyne. The event features keynotes from industry heavyweights such as Eidos life president Ian Livingstone and Unity CEO David Helgason; see our GameHorizon 2012 preview for more detail on the line-up.
In his welcome speech Cecil paid tribute to the legacy of Steve Jobs, thanking the former Apple chief for “shaking up” the game industry. “He was a great visionary,” said Cecil.
Cecil also outlined the themes for this year’s conference – touching on the sustainability of the Kickstarter model, examining the future of Android and considering the importance of cloud-based gaming and interactive TV.
We'll have much more from conference in the coming days. To keep track of it all, follow our GameHorizon 2012 topic page.