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Announcing the Jon Peddie Technology Advancement Award for Siggraph 2016
By: Jon Peddie Research
Tim Sweeney's career in game development has led the trajectory of the game industry from shareware and bulletin boards, to first person shooters to VR and new experiences. Sweeney's company, Epic Games, has been able to anticipate the many shifts in technology and consumer interests and adapt when change comes at them.
Along the way, Sweeney has been an outspoken commentator on the course of technology evolution - always pushing for better hardware, open platforms, and faster innovation from suppliers and industry colleagues. Not always patient, and not a big compromiser, but Sweeney is what the industry has needed to keep moving forward.
The programs we call game engines are rapidly becoming real time content creation tools for a wide range of industries, mediums, and genres. This is a shift that is being enabled by the innovations of several companies including Autodesk, Crytek, Epic and Unity to name the companies most aggressively moving to new markets.
Epic's Unreal Engine was an early alternative for game developers who wanted a supported, stable platform for development and it has inspired a generation of game developers to create unique, imaginative and compelling games. Going forward, Tim Sweeney and the Unreal Engine team promise to push the the grand experiment of interactive 3D content to enable new kinds of games, and beyond games to add 3D interactivity to digital applications in all fields including marketing, filmmaking, TV production, manufacture, design and more. Along the way, we fully expect Tim Sweeney to continue to be an outspoken advocate for better technology, open platforms, and full opportunities for developers.
The Technology Advancement Award from Jon Peddie Research The JPR Technology Advancement Award celebrates people, individuals, and organizations that have helped nurture and protect new technologies enabling further development. The first JPR Technology Award was given this year to the Laval Virtual Conference and the City of Laval, France on March 24, 2016 for their longstanding support and advocacy for 3D visualization.
JPR has more than 30 years' experience in the fields of computer graphics and multimedia.
"In that time we've seen a lot of technologies come and go. We've worked with many innovative developers and inventors. Many times, we've seen valuable ideas fail before they've had a chance to find a market. Sometimes those ideas are able to re-emerge, but valuable time has been lost," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. "We've also seen many groups and individuals commit their time, energy, and resources to helping good ideas take root. This award was established to recognize those people and companies."
About Jon Peddie Research
Dr. Jon Peddie is a recognized expert in the field of computer graphics and multimedia with experience as a high tech pioneer as well as an analyst and advisor. He has been active as an engineer, developer, and entrepreneur, and has started and sold several companies. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR brings together experts to provide consulting, research, regular publications, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. More information is available at http://www.jonpeddie.com.