Epic Games’ Sweeney to Receive JPR Technology Advancement Award

    Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has announced that Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, will become the latest recipient of the JPR Technology Advancement Award next week. The award will be presented at JPR’s Annual Siggraph Luncheon for press and analysts on 27th July 2016, in Anaheim, California.

    Tim Sweeney is one of the most respected videogame entrepreneurs in the history of the industry. His career in development has been marked by landmark achievements and lead to the creation of the Unreal Engine, which is one of the most widely used third-party development suites in videogames and virtual reality (VR). Sweeney is also noted for being an outspoken on many aspects of the videogames industry, from the evolution of technology to the monetisation and distribution of content therein.

    The JPR Technology Advancement Award celebrates people, individuals, and organisations 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 at on 24th March 2016, for their longstanding support and advocacy for 3D visualisation.

    “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. [sic]”

    The JPR Technology Advancement Award will be received by Sweeney at next week’s SIGGRAPH event, Anaheim. VRFocus will be in attendance at both the JPR Annual Siggraph Luncheon and SIGGRAPH itself, bringing you all the latest details direct from the event.