Hit List Q&A: Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli

In the "Hit List" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the video game industry's top talents describe their current gaming addictions, their most anticipated releases and more. This week: Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek.

Cevat Yerli is President and CEO of Crytek, creator of the CryENGINE and the multi-award winning Crysis game franchise. Cevat's first game development experiences go back to the 1980s with the Commodore 64 and the Schneider CPC 6128, where he worked on various simulation games. While studying economics in the 1990s, he continued pursuing his passion of creating and playing games and began working towards his dream of founding a game development company. In 1999 he founded Crytek together with his two brothers, Avni and Faruk. Cevat gives creative direction for all Crytek products and focuses on expanding the company into new territories.

In his upcoming D.I.C.E. Europe talk "Movie Technologies empowering Next Generation Games," Cevat outlines how the tech powering blockbuster film experiences is being put to use by Crytek to draw players deeper into the game world and evoke emotion like never before. From the integration of acting and performance capture to increased directorial power over lighting and camera movement, Cevat offers up the evidence that Crytek and others are making the most of the increasingly blurred lines between cinema and gaming.


What games are you playing right now?

A lot of my time is being dedicated to our own games right now, mainly Ryse and our Warface Closed Beta. Away from work, I recently finished The Last of Us.

What future release are you most looking forward to?

I'm obviously very excited about what lies ahead on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The recent arrival of Diablo 3 was much anticipated for me too.

What about a niche title that impressed you with its sheer innovation or fun factor?

I've been very impressed by the Leap Motion Controller and the novel possibilities it introduces.

What literature has had the biggest impact on your creative process?

Currently it's a magazine called "Cinefex" but in general it's the internet – I'm browsing the news constantly and get a lot of inspiration from there.

What two movies or TV shows influenced your creative process the most?

Definitely Rome and Spartacus and of course Gladiator which is one of my all-time favorite movies. Those things really inspired me to make a game like Ryse.

When you're daydreaming about the "next big thing", what are you listening to?

People often seem surprised by this, but I don't actually listen to music too often.

What app is making it tough to put down your phone or tablet?

At the moment, that would be Yammer – a business-centric social network that I've found very useful.

What does your home gaming setup consist of?

A lot of things. I have my very own gaming office that has all the current consoles – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii – and of course a high-end PC.

What's your favorite new gadget?

The one I already mentioned – the Leap Motion Controller. It's a lot of fun!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.