Iwata to return as GDC keynote speaker

Iwata to return as GDC keynote speaker
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

January 11th 2011 at 2:22PM

Nintendo president to look back at 25 years of games development

Satoru Iwata is to keynote the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco for the fourth time this year.

He will deliver a session at next month's event titled 'Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future'.

The Nintendo president's talk coincides with the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco GDC.

"We are honored and pleased to welcome Mr. Iwata back to the keynote stage for our 25th conference," said GDC director Meggan Scavio. "Nintendo continues to innovate and captivate developers and gamers alike, and we’re looking forward to their unique insights into both the history and future of the game business."

In his keynote address, Iwata is expected to discuss how video gaming has evolved, and offer his views on the coming years.

Iwata first delivered a keynote session at GDC in 2005, where he introduced developers to the then 'Revolution'; the concept name of the Wii. A year later he spoke about 'disrupting development', and in 2009 he debuted a new game in The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Many will hope for similarly headline-grabbing details from Iwata this year, although precise details of the topics he will address have not been confirmed.