What is your position on crowd funded games? (e.g., Kickstarter, Early Access on Steam)

Brian Ward

Game Credits

Business

Wolfenstein (2009)   (Senior VP, Worldwide Studios)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Uncaged Edition) (2009)   (Senior VP, Worldwide Studios)
NHL 2002 (2001)   (Director of Business Affairs)
FIFA 2001 (2000)   (Director, Business Affairs)
 

Production

NHL Rivals 2004 (2003)   (Additional Planners)
 

Design

FIFA 2001 (2000)   (Director, Business Affairs)
 

Localization

Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (VP, Studio Planning)
 

Support

Triple Play Baseball (2001)   (Business Affairs)
007: Racing (2000)   (Director of Business Affairs EAC)
 

Thanks

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (2011)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (2011)   (Special Thanks)
X-Men: Destiny (2011)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Blur (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)   (Special Thanks)
DJ Hero 2 (2010)   (Activision would like to thank)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (2010)   (Activision Special Thanks)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk: Shred (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Transformers: War for Cybertron - Autobots (2010)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Transformers: War for Cybertron - Decepticons (2010)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Mobilized (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks...)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)   (Activision Production Special Thanks)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Prototype (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
007: Quantum of Solace (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Call of Duty: World at War (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Golf: Tee It Up! (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Guitar Hero: On Tour (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Guitar Hero: World Tour (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)   (Activision Production Special Thanks)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition (2008)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Vigilante 8: Arcade (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Bee Movie Game (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Bee Movie Game (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Shrek-N-Roll (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Shrek the Third (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Shrek the Third (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Shrek the Third (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (2007)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Transformers: Autobots (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Transformers: Decepticons (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Transformers: The Game (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Activision Hits Remixed (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 3 (2006)   (Activision Speical Thanks)
Gun: Showdown (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's Project 8 (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (2005)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (Collector's Edit... (2005)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (2005)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (2005)   (Activision Special Thanks)
NBA Street (2001)   (Special Thanks)
SSX (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Triple Play 2001 (2000)   (Special Thanks To )
FIFA 99 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)   (Special Thanks)
World Cup 98 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Need for Speed II (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Triple Play 98 (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
The Ultimate DOOM (1995)   (Special Thanks)
 

Other

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Wolfenstein (2009)   (Sr. VP, Worldwide Studios)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)   (Sr. VP, Worldwide Studios)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)   (VP, Studio Planning)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)   (VP, Studio Planning)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition (2008)   (VP, Studio Planning)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Studios)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (VP, Studio Planning)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)   (Senior Vice President, Worldwide Studios)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)   (VP, Studio Planning)
Call of Duty 2: Game of the Year Edition (2006)   (Vice President, Studio Planning and Operations)
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! (2006)   (Activision Special Thanks)
Call of Duty 2 (2005)   (Vice President, Studio Planning & Operations)
Call of Duty 2 (Collector's Edition) (2005)   (Vice President, Studio Planning and Operations)
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer (1999)   (Director, Business Affairs)
Need for Speed: High Stakes (1999)   (Director, Business Affairs)
 


Developer Biography

Brian Ward is CEO at LottoInteractive Inc., a developer of interactive solutions for the lottery industry. A games and integration platform, LottoInteractive aims to lead the lottery transition to digital.

Previously, Mr Ward served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Studios at Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest videogame publisher. Mr. Ward has nearly two decades of studio and operations experience with entertainment and videogame giants Electronic Arts, Microsoft Xbox, and Activision. A lawyer and leading government relations videogame advocate, he was named “2011 Technology and New Media Counsel of the Year” by The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.

At Activision, Mr. Ward managed all game development activities from portfolio planning and concept design to quality assurance and code release. In these roles he delivered record Worldwide Studios achievements in on-time delivery, game ranking scores, and efficiency, along with numerous improvements in central studios, design, planning, and operations. During his tenure and leadership, Activision quadrupled revenue, posted industry leading margins, and shipped the first property in history to set five-day launch records for three consecutive years across all forms of entertainment (Call of Duty).

Before joining Activision, Mr. Ward held senior management positions at Microsoft and Electronic Arts. At EA Canada, the industry’s largest studio, he pioneered and led the publisher’s partnerships in sports, racing and music, negotiating more than 800 licensing agreements and shipping more than 60 titles, including perennial blockbusters FIFA and Need for Speed.

Formerly, Mr. Ward was an attorney at two of Canada's premier law firms, and received business and law degrees from the University of Alberta. He has served on several industry association boards, and is a frequent speaker on government policy and international investment. -----------------------------------------------------------------------


Experience
CEO, LottoInteractive Inc 2012 - present

SVP, Worldwide Studios Activision Blizzard Inc.

2006 – 2012

VP, Studio Planning and Operations Activision Publishing Inc.

2004 – 2006

Director, Studio Planning, Microsoft Games Studios Microsoft Inc.

2002 – 2004

Director, Business Affairs Electronic Arts

1996 – 2001

Last updated: Dec 29, 2013