Chris Filip, or Rares Cristian Chirita Filip, his full name, is a Romanian game designer, product and event manager and educator who is creating events Eastern Europe and the UK to grow the game development scene and create a game development framework in Central and Eastern Europe.
Chris was born in Bucharest, Romania's capital, and studied at the Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science before studying game design at the University of Suffolk. While there, Chris took part in Dare to be Digital as a semi-finalist and participated in the Global Game Jam every year since 2012. He is part of the first generation of Romanians to graduate from the University of Suffolk.
After graduating university in 2014, Chris went on to work for Ubisoft Bucharest as a game designer on Watch_Dogs 2. Since 2016, after the launch of the game he was working on, he moved on to work as a Product Manager for Conga Ltd. in the UK, organising a team of British nationals for the creation of a gamified interurban bus travel app.
Moving between Romania and the UK, as well as with Ubisoft Montreal, Toronto and Milan through co-dev on the Watch_Dogs 2 project, gave Chris important perspective on the way Eastern Europe differs from Western Europe in ethics, demographics and videogame development culture.
Since 2016, Chris organises the Bucharest site for the Global Game Jam, which, starting in 2017 turned into Almost a Hero, an initiative for game development education in Eastern Europe. Still in 2017, Chris started organising Game Anglia, the biggest game development conference in the East of England. He also works as a production consultant for No Moon Ltd. and worked as a Producer and Game Designer for the mobile game Twin Diamonds, working with a multinational team of British, Romanian and Canadian residents.
A man of many endeavours, Chris now works full time for Game Anglia and Almost a Hero, furthering these projects and their aims for international cooperation and diversity within the game development sectors. Since 2018, Chris is a member of the BAFTA Crew Games.
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