Fun & Serious Festival

Two historical figures from the gaming industry such as Tim Willits and Yoko Shimomura will receive honorary awards during the 2019 Fun & Serious Festival in Bilbao.

The 2019 edition of the Fun & Serious Festival will also have two special guests who will be awarded honorary awards, namely Tim Willits and Yoko Shimomura.

Tim Willits, industry veteran and ex-studio director of id Software, recently moved to Saber Interactive, will receive the Bizkaia / Vanguard / Pioneer award this year at the Fun & Serious Festival 2019 in Bilbao. Willits joined id Software in 1995 and worked on numerous team titles including Doom, Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena and Doom 3, for which he was a lead designer as well as executive producer on Quake 4 and creative director of Rage. At the last QuakeCon announced its exit from id Software to switch to Saber Interactive.

Yoko Shimomura will receive the Pioneer prize, also for what she has done during her career. Shimomura is a composer who has written music for a wide range of Japanese titles, ranging from Street Fighter II to Super Mario RPG to Final Fantasy XV, for a total of over 45 tracks that have made the history of Japanese video games mainly between Capcom and Square Enix.

The Fun & Serious Festival 2019 represents the ninth edition of the European event dedicated to videogame development, between indie and major producers. It will be held this year in Bilbao, Spain, from 6 to 9 December 2019.

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