UK gaming legend Sir Ian Livingstone headlines as MIGS 2015 returns


In its 12th year the greatest gaming conference on the east coast will be putting on a big show.

MIGS 2015 (the Montreal International Gaming Summit) is set to return November 15-17 with a headlining list that includes a legendary figure in the industry.

Over three days beginning on Sunday (the first time ever the conference will stretch longer than two days), MIGS will welcome Sir Ian Livingstone, one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He’ll give a session called “Life is Game,” detailing his struggles and how he overcame many challenges as an entrepreneur in the 1970s, from the creation of Games Workshop, to the inauguration of Dungeons & Dragons in Europe or the launch of Tomb Raider, not to mention writing the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebooks series.

Also making headlines this year is the addition of Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig, who are working on a new Star Wars project in Montreal. Raymond, General Manager at Motive Studios of Electronic Arts, will also share her vision on how to manage creativity and the challenges of building a studio.

“That’s a pretty phenomenal addition to the show having Jade back in Montreal with Amy working on star wars. The fact that they’re working on this project is super cool,” said David Lipes, the new President of Alliance Numérique, the organization which puts on MIGS every year. “Between jade, Amy and Ian, it’s a testament to the allure and power of this show and the fact that we have unbelievable people doing unbelievable things in gaming.”

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The show will be packed once again, as well. Over 2,500 participants are expected to flock to the summit with speakers and attendees from over 20 different countries set to speak. In total, about 60 conferences will be held within MIGS.

In addition to sessions and training, several special activities will be available for people to check out. MIGS15 will present live demos on the latest technologies like PlayStation’s PS VR, Google’s Project Tango, Microsoft’s Azure, Samsung Gear for Oculus presented by the Centre Phi, and many others. It’s an exclusive opportunity for MIGS attendees to join this Canadian Premiere and try successful new games, including a For Honor tournament, Ubisoft’s next big hit, or Hibernum’s Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest.

“It’s an exciting event,” said Lipes. “Montreal is a hub on the international scene in terms of video gaming and this is our show to showcase the buzz of the city.” He added that over 10,000 jobs can be traced directly or indirectly to the gaming community in Quebec, with 120 different gaming developers and publishers within the province.

One of the more exciting things this year for Lipes will be the 11-12 “master classes” organized in collaboration with TECHNOCompétences to help strengthen the skills of Quebec’s workers. Experts such as Warren Spector and Mike Acton will give intensive training on targeted and technical content, to help boost the industry’s needs.

“The master classes are about learning and sharing: this is why people attend. To hear from industry experts and to learn in a more intensive setting,” said Lipes.

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Since 2004, Montreal has showcased it’s gaming companies big and small at MIGS, and this year will be no different.

“We’re very fortunate,” said the new president of Alliance Numerique. “It’s an amazing community of video game companies large and small, independent and multinational, working on well-known properties from console to mobile.”

So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets before the show is sold out.

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