About The Speaker
President & Creative Director of thatgamecompany
Jenova Chen is the visionary designer of the award-winning games Cloud, Flow, Flower, Journey and most recently Sky: Children of the Light. After earning a bachelor’s degree for computer science in his hometown of Shanghai, Chen moved to Los Angeles, where he got a master’s degree in the founding class of University of Southern California’s Interactive Media Division. Following school, he founded thatgamecompany with fellow graduates, where he remains its Founder and Creative Director.
thatgamecompany’s titles have garnered a multitude of honors over the years. Flower was awarded the BAFTA for Artistic Achievement, was named the Best Downloadable Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards as well as Best Independent Game at the Spike TV Video Game awards among many others. One of his most famous titles, Journey, launched in March 2012, has achieved vast critical acclaim. To date it has the highest historical aggregate rating on Metacritic of any exclusive PlayStation Network title and had Entertainment Weekly call the game “A glorious, thoughtful, moving masterpiece”.
Personally, Jenova was named one of Variety’s 10 Innovators to Watch in 2008, was selected as one of the Most Creative Entrepreneurs in Business in both 2009 and 2010 by Fast Company and was given the prestigious honor of being named to the MIT Technology Review Magazine’s TR35 list, naming the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 in 2008.