About The Speaker
President, CEO and Founder – Quantic Dream
After a first career as a composer and musician, David Cage founded the French videogame developer Quantic Dream in 1997, with the goal of using interactivity as a new means of expression. There he develops a creative vision rooted in emotion, innovation and immersive storytelling. Cage strongly believes that video games should evolve in order to reach a wider audience as a new creative platform.
Through games like Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and more recently Detroit: Become Human, Cage offers a new approach to interactive storytelling. Through their actions, players’ choices change the story, turning the player into an interactor and the co-writer of the experience.
Over the years, Cage’s visionary talent as an interactive writer/director allowed him to work with world-class artists such as David Bowie, Ellen Page, Willem Dafoe and Hans Zimmer, and to collaborate with leading publishers and console manufacturers including Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, Vivendi Universal Games, Atari and Square Enix.
His games have won many accolades over the years, including BAFTA and DICE awards. Cage’s continual efforts to create links between the worlds of cinema and gaming resulted in his work appearing at film festivals (LA Short Festival 2012, Tribeca 2013).
His latest work, Detroit: Become Human, tells the story of androids in a near future confronted with segregation and their fight for civil rights. This thought-provoking experience received acclaim from gamers worldwide for its originality and its courage in addressing real-world issues through an interactive experience.
David Cage was knighted in the orders of French Arts and Letters (2009) and the Legion of Honor (2013).