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Meeting Nicolas Gaume

Monday 27 November 2006, by Thomas Demachy

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On November 9th, The IGDA Paris Chapter invited Nicolas Gaume, former CEO of Kalisto, to talk about his book, "Citizen Game ".

Thanks to the CEDRIC lab, we had the opportunity to hold this meeting in an impressive place : the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers founded in 1794.

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We had approximatly fifty attendees for this meeting. A large audience, a nice place, an audio/video system.. The Paris Chapter is growing up !


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In a two hours long interview, along with the audience questions, Nicolas Gaume talked about the Kalisto Adventure, from the very beginnings in the Bordeaux country when he was 19 to the successful game studio it became in the late 90’s. Nicolas did not eluded the end of Kalisto, in 2002, a few months after the failure of an badly-advised IPO right in the midst of the dot com bubble burst.

It took Nicolas several years to rebuild himself, and after working with Ubisoft, Codemasters and others, he is now in charge of the mobile entertainement division of Lagardère Active.

You can read the whole interview translated by Google (be aware that it will be an automated translation, not always very accurate, and this is an understatement ! ).


More pictures are available at the bottom of the french version of this report.

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