Ella began working in games in 2008, setting up her first game development studio as a graduate. Over the last decade Ella has founded three development studios, focusing on work for hire and development of own and licensed IP, with teams of up to 25 people. Since 2014, Ella has also been providing strategic support as a consultant to other developers and organisations. With her background in programming and user experience design, and her experience in production, fundraising and company strategy, Ella works with a broad variety of companies to assist with the development of games and the games industry. Ella regularly contributes to the UK games industry through her position on the UKIE board, regularly speaking at industry events and writing articles published by various games press. Over the last 5 years she has been awarded finalist in the ‘Innovator Of The Year’ category for Women In Technology Awards, named in Develop’s ‘Top 30 under 30’, been a finalist in the TIGA Awards Leadership category and twice listed in MCV's UK Top 100 Women in Games including as a finalist in the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ category.
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If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
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