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Yoan Fanise

Co-founder, DigixArt, Videogames

Yoan Fanise is the French video game creator behind Valiant Hearts, Lost in Harmony and 11-11 Memories Retold, he spent 14 years at Ubisoft and started his career as sound designer on Beyond Good & Evil. He collaborated with Peter Jackson on King Kong’s game, and in 2007 co-created the famous Raving Rabbids and invented their wacky language.

Fanise was then called to join Singapore and develop a whole new part for the Assassin’s Creed Brand: the naval battles. After the success of those titles, he returned back to a smaller scale development to release one of the bravest games ever seen from a major publisher. That game, Valiant Hearts, was both a war game and fiercely anti-war at the same time. It won many awards all around the world, including BAFTA, two Game Awards and an Annie Award.

In March 2015, he co-founded DigixArt, a studio dedicated to meaningful games in south of France. The first studio creation Lost in Harmony reached more than 2 million players. DigixArt then partnered with Aardman Animations to commemorate Armistice with 11-11 Memories Retold, a painterly game set in World War One, featuring Elijah Wood as the main character.