Sean Blanchfield


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Sean is CEO and co-founder of PageFair, the company at the forefront of the adblocking debate. He co-founded his first business while still an undergrad at Trinity College Dublin. In 2003, he dropped out of his computer science PhD to launch DemonWare, the firm that built the vast online technology stack that powers video games like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero (acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2007). In 2010 Sean and team witnessed first-hand the damage caused by ad blocking on their network of games websites. By 2012 they had launched PageFair to develop a sustainable publisher-focused solution to growing adblock adoption. Today, PageFair has been integrated on over 5000 websites, and is used by many leading international publishing brands.

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Sean Blanchfield is CEO and co-founder of PageFair, the company at the forefront of the digital adblocking debate. He co-founded his first business, Phorest, while still an undergrad at Trinity College Dublin, exiting in an MBO 2 years later. In 2003, he dropped out of a PhD focused on private peer-to-peer networking to co-found DemonWare.

DemonWare created peer-to-peer networking technology and cloud infrastructure for Xbox and Playstation games, and helped drive the mainstream popularization of multiplayer video gaming until its acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2007. As CTO, Sean architected the online technology that powers some of the world’s most successful video games franchises, including as Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and over 100 other titles. DemonWare continues to employ hundreds of world class engineers in three continents, and is used by millions of gamers every day.

In 2010 Sean and team witnessed first-hand the damage caused by ad blocking on their network of games websites. By 2012 they had launched PageFair to develop a sustainable publisher-focused solution to growing adblock adoption. Today, PageFair has been integrated on over 5000 websites, and is used by many leading international publishing brands.

Sean is a well-known figure in Irish technology, and is a frequent speaker, panelist, columnist, and occasional mentor and investor.

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Sean Blanchfield, PageFair CEO and Co-founder

Sean Blanchfield, PageFair CEO and Co-founder

PageFair CEO Sean Blanchfield debates Eyeo GMBH, Gulltaggen 2015, Oslo. Photo credit: Benjamin A. Ward

PageFair CEO Sean Blanchfield debates Eyeo GMBH, Gulltaggen 2015, Oslo. Photo credit: Benjamin A. Ward