Warren Spector

Warren Spector has been making games for over 30 years. Best known for his work on the Deus Ex and Disney Epic Mickey games, he also worked on several entries in the Ultima series. He began his career in 1983 in tabletop games, with Steve Jackson Games and TSR, before moving into electronic games in 1989 where he worked at Origin, Electronic Arts, Looking Glass, Ion Storm and Eidos before starting Junction Point Studios, acquired in 2007 by the Walt Disney Company. In addition to his game work, he is a published novelist (The Hollow Earth Affair, 1988) and comic book author (DuckTales: Rightful Owners, 2012). He is now the Director of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the Pulcinella lifetime achievement award at the Cartoons on the Bay conference in 2011, and in 2012 received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Game Developers Choice Awards as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College of Chicago.