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Simon Carless

Group EVP, Specialist Communities, Technology Group

Simon oversees both UBM’s Game Development network and the industry-leading Black Hat information security conferences. The game development group’s flagship products include industry leaders such as Game Developer Conference (GDC), VRDC, Game Developer Magazine and

He is also one of the key people behind the Independent Games Festival, a “Sundance for games” which runs yearly at GDC in San Francisco. He is the sole Western judge for Sense Of Wonder Night, an independent games showcase held at Tokyo Game Show every year.

Prior to joining UBM, Simon was an editor of tech site Slashdot and the originator of Slashdot’s games section. He has extensive game development experience at companies such as Atari and Eidos.

Simon has worked closely with the non-profit Internet Archive to help preserve music and game-related materials, helping to win a DMCA exemption for classic software preservation. He has also written for magazines including Wired, Make and Official Xbox Magazine, and was the author/editor of the O’Reilly book Gaming Hacks.