Posted: 14th June 2018

For the first time ever, Europe’s leading game developer conference and expo Develop:Brighton will host a series of roundtable discussions covering a wide range of hot button issues in the video game industry.

Six roundtables have been announced, taking place across the conference running from Tuesday, July 10th to Thursday, July 13th at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. They will be open and free to all attendees.

“The roundtables provide a safe place during the conference to discuss sensitive topics such as LGBTQ representation, industry diversity and dealing with social media trolls,” said Andy Lane, managing director of Develop:Brighton organisers, Tandem Events.

“We want attendees to freely share their experiences, ideas and points of view with others. We’ll even be asking people to turn off their phones and other devices so the conversations are uncompromised.”

The roundtable discussions are as follows:

Tuesday, July 10th - 14:00
Spilling the T: Let’s talk LGBTQ
Host: Richard Franke (aka Miss Kitty Powers)

Tuesday, July 10th - 16:00
Why Mental Health Matters in Our Creative Lives
Host: Kate Edwards

Wednesday, July 11th - 14:00
What the Crunch?
Hosts: Patrick O’Luanaigh & AJ Grand-Scruton

Wednesday, July 11th - 16:00
You Shall Not Pass: Dealing with Social Media Trolls
Host: Grace Carroll

Thursday, July 12th - 12:15
The New World of Inclusion
Hosts: Kish Hirani & Roberta Lucca

Thursday, July 12th - 14:00
Making Accessibility for Everyone
Host: Ian Hamilton

Notes to editors:

Develop:Brighton’s keynote speakers this year are Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Shuhei Yoshida, EA Group General Manager Jade Raymond Bossa Studios’ Chet Faliszek, who will speak respectively on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Rami Ismail, Mike Bithell and representatives from Hangar 13 will also be providing keynotes.

There are dozens of talks across the three days, categorised by our eight tracks: Design; Art; Audio; Business; Coding; Evolve; Indie and Discoverability. The expo will be open Wednesday and Thursday. The full conference programme is now live and can be viewed here:



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