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James Finch 2016-05-18
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One of Electronic Art s oldest employees is no longer with the publisher.EA confirmed to GamesBeat that Rich Hilleman, who was serving as chief creative director, has left the company.

Hilleman joined EA back in 1982.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Madden series of football games, one of the most successful franchises in the history of the industry.

It s also the second-best selling sports franchise, only behind FIFA also from EA .

Rich Hilleman is a pioneer — a creative mind whose work influenced many games at EA and beyond, Electronic Arts told GamesBeat.

We are thankful to Rich for his contribution over more than 30 years with the company, and we look forward to seeing what he pursues next.

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John Henderson 2016-08-01
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Richard Hilleman, former chief creative director at Electronic Arts, announced today that he is joining Amazon Game Studios.Hilleman had a long career at EA, starting there in 1982, as its 39th employee in the year it was founded.

He went on to work on seminal titles such as the original Madden NFL Football game, which is part of a series that has generated billions of dollars for EA.

He also helped establish EA Sports as the top video game brand for sports games.In a posting on Facebook, Hilleman said, Many of you wished me well in mid May as I left EA.

Some of you wanted to know what I was going to do next.

It s time to use these hands again.

Today I join a number of old friends, and some new ones as part of Amazon s Game Studios.

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Randall Vincent 2019-03-15
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The Game Developers Conference will draw more than 20,000 people to San Francisco next week, and it will be like dropping another quarter in the arcade machine to play games like Platform Wars and Battle of the Game Engines.

With so many developers attending, the platform, tool, and engine companies are jockeying to be noticed.

“We saw a bit of that creeping in last year, and we’re seeing it in full force this year,” said Katie Stern, director of GDC Events, in an interview with me.

We’ve heard from a few folks that they use GDC strategically as a launch site for new campaigns for whatever they’re announcing.”

The biggest news coming next week is a sponsored talk by Phil Harrison, vice president at Google and former bigwig at Microsoft and Sony, about Google’s plans for the game business.

Valve also announced a beta of its Steam Link Anywhere technology in advance of its own disclosures next week.

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Calvin Bourque 2017-03-10
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Our next speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event are Rich Hilleman of Amazon Game Studios and Chris Roberts, the CEO of Roberts Space Industries and maker of the upcoming Star Citizen and Squadron 42 games.They will talk about our theme of technology and games at our event entitled GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic.

Hilleman joined EA in 1982 as its 39th employee, and he went on to work on hits such as Madden NFL Football and the EA Sports brand.Chris Roberts is one of the most recognized game developers in the world, with a career that spans decades.

In 1990, he created Wing Commander, which generated more than $400 million in its first five years.He went on to cofound Digital Anvil and make Freelancer and Starlancer for Microsoft.

He created the Wing Commander movie and spent more than a decade in Hollywood producing films such as The Punisher, The Jacket, Lord of War and Lucky Number Slevin.Today Roberts is chief creative officer at Cloud Imperium Games, which he co-founded in April 2012.

The company’s first title, the crowd funded Star Citizen, is currently under development and to date has raised more than $144 million.

The game is recognized by Guinness World Records as the top Crowd Funded Project ever.Hilleman and Roberts join a cast of speakers who are among the who’s who of games, as well as the related industries that are inspiring game makers.

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James Farr 2017-05-10

p Chris Roberts built worlds for games such as Wing Commander at Electronic Arts’ Origin at the dawn of 3D games a couple of decades ago.

/p p Those games were technologically limited, but they still inspired the imagination.

Now Roberts is now head of his own company, Roberts Space Industries, and he’s contemplating how to use much more computing power to run the upcoming Star Citizen and other games of the future.

He spoke about this challenge with Rich Hilleman, director of PMT at Amazon Game Studios and former chief creative director at EA.

/p p They talked at our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event about “Using infinite computing power to create a universe of endless possibilities.” In Roberts’ case, the budget isn’t as big a limitation as it was in the past.

Roberts has raised a massive amount of money — $148 million to date — via crowdfunding campaigns.

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Annie Kelley 2017-03-09
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Today, it announced that Command & Conquer veteran Louis Castle has become the head of Amazon Game Studios in Seattle.

It has also hired high-profile developers such as John Smedley, Rich Hilleman, and others as well.And the company is using its Twitch gameplay livestreaming division and its Amazon Web Services as the foundation of its relationships with game companies.

He said he  has been playing a lot of Polytopia, a turn-based strategy game, on planes lately.Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.GamesBeat: How’s the game engine environment looking right now?Frazzini: It’s looking great.

We’re feeling good about our progress.

Between Twitch and AWS and Lumberyard and Twitch Prime and our games, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on.GamesBeat: You have some high-profile game developers switching over to Amazon.

Is that a deliberate sort of targeting strategy you have?Frazzini: If we think about our strategy, it’s to focus on customers.

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James Finch 2016-05-18
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One of Electronic Art s oldest employees is no longer with the publisher.EA confirmed to GamesBeat that Rich Hilleman, who was serving as chief creative director, has left the company.

Hilleman joined EA back in 1982.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Madden series of football games, one of the most successful franchises in the history of the industry.

It s also the second-best selling sports franchise, only behind FIFA also from EA .

Rich Hilleman is a pioneer — a creative mind whose work influenced many games at EA and beyond, Electronic Arts told GamesBeat.

We are thankful to Rich for his contribution over more than 30 years with the company, and we look forward to seeing what he pursues next.

Randall Vincent 2019-03-15
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The Game Developers Conference will draw more than 20,000 people to San Francisco next week, and it will be like dropping another quarter in the arcade machine to play games like Platform Wars and Battle of the Game Engines.

With so many developers attending, the platform, tool, and engine companies are jockeying to be noticed.

“We saw a bit of that creeping in last year, and we’re seeing it in full force this year,” said Katie Stern, director of GDC Events, in an interview with me.

We’ve heard from a few folks that they use GDC strategically as a launch site for new campaigns for whatever they’re announcing.”

The biggest news coming next week is a sponsored talk by Phil Harrison, vice president at Google and former bigwig at Microsoft and Sony, about Google’s plans for the game business.

Valve also announced a beta of its Steam Link Anywhere technology in advance of its own disclosures next week.

James Farr 2017-05-10

p Chris Roberts built worlds for games such as Wing Commander at Electronic Arts’ Origin at the dawn of 3D games a couple of decades ago.

/p p Those games were technologically limited, but they still inspired the imagination.

Now Roberts is now head of his own company, Roberts Space Industries, and he’s contemplating how to use much more computing power to run the upcoming Star Citizen and other games of the future.

He spoke about this challenge with Rich Hilleman, director of PMT at Amazon Game Studios and former chief creative director at EA.

/p p They talked at our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event about “Using infinite computing power to create a universe of endless possibilities.” In Roberts’ case, the budget isn’t as big a limitation as it was in the past.

Roberts has raised a massive amount of money — $148 million to date — via crowdfunding campaigns.

John Henderson 2016-08-01
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Richard Hilleman, former chief creative director at Electronic Arts, announced today that he is joining Amazon Game Studios.Hilleman had a long career at EA, starting there in 1982, as its 39th employee in the year it was founded.

He went on to work on seminal titles such as the original Madden NFL Football game, which is part of a series that has generated billions of dollars for EA.

He also helped establish EA Sports as the top video game brand for sports games.In a posting on Facebook, Hilleman said, Many of you wished me well in mid May as I left EA.

Some of you wanted to know what I was going to do next.

It s time to use these hands again.

Today I join a number of old friends, and some new ones as part of Amazon s Game Studios.

Calvin Bourque 2017-03-10
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Our next speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event are Rich Hilleman of Amazon Game Studios and Chris Roberts, the CEO of Roberts Space Industries and maker of the upcoming Star Citizen and Squadron 42 games.They will talk about our theme of technology and games at our event entitled GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic.

Hilleman joined EA in 1982 as its 39th employee, and he went on to work on hits such as Madden NFL Football and the EA Sports brand.Chris Roberts is one of the most recognized game developers in the world, with a career that spans decades.

In 1990, he created Wing Commander, which generated more than $400 million in its first five years.He went on to cofound Digital Anvil and make Freelancer and Starlancer for Microsoft.

He created the Wing Commander movie and spent more than a decade in Hollywood producing films such as The Punisher, The Jacket, Lord of War and Lucky Number Slevin.Today Roberts is chief creative officer at Cloud Imperium Games, which he co-founded in April 2012.

The company’s first title, the crowd funded Star Citizen, is currently under development and to date has raised more than $144 million.

The game is recognized by Guinness World Records as the top Crowd Funded Project ever.Hilleman and Roberts join a cast of speakers who are among the who’s who of games, as well as the related industries that are inspiring game makers.

Annie Kelley 2017-03-09
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Today, it announced that Command & Conquer veteran Louis Castle has become the head of Amazon Game Studios in Seattle.

It has also hired high-profile developers such as John Smedley, Rich Hilleman, and others as well.And the company is using its Twitch gameplay livestreaming division and its Amazon Web Services as the foundation of its relationships with game companies.

He said he  has been playing a lot of Polytopia, a turn-based strategy game, on planes lately.Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.GamesBeat: How’s the game engine environment looking right now?Frazzini: It’s looking great.

We’re feeling good about our progress.

Between Twitch and AWS and Lumberyard and Twitch Prime and our games, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on.GamesBeat: You have some high-profile game developers switching over to Amazon.

Is that a deliberate sort of targeting strategy you have?Frazzini: If we think about our strategy, it’s to focus on customers.