Seamus Blackley has been announced as a keynote speaker for DStars Connects, Italy’s biggest event for game developers. Blackley is an experienced game designer best known for creating and designing the first Xbox console at Microsoft.

Seamus Blackley’s gamedev journey started at Blue Sky Productions (since renamed to Looking Glass Studios) in the early 90s. He contributed to games like System Shock and Ultima Underworld, while also helping create a physics system for Flight Unlimited. Blackley also worked at DreamWorks Interactive on Jurassic Park: Trespasser.

DStars Connects will be held on March 25-27 and streamed on WNHub. Blackley will open the event on March 27, with other speakers and media partners — both English- and Italian-speaking — to be announced soon.

The event will also feature DStars Awards. Italian developers from across the world are casting their votes for their colleagues across several categories, including Game of the Year, Studio of the Year, and Management Star. The shortlisters will be announced on March 18, and the winners will be revealed on March 25.

The registration for DStars Connects is open here.

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