With 30 years of experience in the games industry Jon Hare is one of Europe’s best known creative directors and game designers with over 10 international number 1 games to his name, including Sensible World of Soccer, the most influential European developed game of all time according to Stanford University.
Jon co-founded and managed legendary 1980s and ’90s development company Sensible Software, creating games such as Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder, and Wizball to great critical acclaim and commercial success.
During the last 16 years he has also enjoyed further success with numerous remakes including Speedball 2 Evolution and original game Word Explorer via his mobile and digital publishing company Tower Studios. He has also worked in senior posts in two of the UKs biggest games developer/publishers Codemasters and Jagex, as well as Ukrainian developer Nikitova.
Since 1999 Jon has been one of the top game design and business development consultants in Europe working for many different publishing, investment and development clients. He has also served on the BAFTA Games Committee and is a regular Chairman of juries for BAFTA Games awards, as well as acting in a mentor capacity for both BAFTA and NESTA.
A regular speaker at Global Games industry events, Jon is also a senior figure within the games education world, speaking at universities across Europe, helping to create degree courses, lecturing and working with numerous universities via the BUGS Network that he helped found to profile the best game students in the UK to the British Games Industry.