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Blackley to keynote Game Based Learning event

Ex-Microsoft developer to discuss industry's progress; GamesIndustry.biz discount available

Seamus Blackley, formerly of Microsoft and credited with co-writing the initial proposal for the Xbox platform, has been announced as the closing keynote for this year's Game Based Learning event, taking place at the end of March at the Brewery in London.

He'll be delivering a talk looking at the progress of the games business, entitled: "Where we've been, where we are, and where we're going," and also discuss videogames in relation to the film and music industries.

He'll be closing an afternoon of talks from TIGA's Richard Wilson, Fun Inc's Tom Chatfield and Bethesda's Sean Brennan in an event that brings together the games industry and education sectors to look at how commercial products are having a positing impact on learning.

"It's a real privilege to have Seamus present the closing keynote at Game Based Learning," said conference curator Graham Martin-Brown. "As somebody who is both an academic as well as noted game technology creator he is in the eye of a perfect storm between gaming and learning."

More information on the event is available on the official website, but GamesIndustry.biz readers wishing to attend can obtain a 20 per cent discount by registering with the promotion code "gibgbl" before March 12.

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