Tandem Events has taken the decision to postpone Develop:Brighton 2020 until November due to the ongoing COVID-19 / Coronavirus crisis.
Develop:Brighton will now take place 2-4 November with the Develop:Star Awards taking place on 3 November. Both events will take place at the Brighton Hilton Metropole.
The conference and awards will follow the existing format, with Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard still set to deliver this year’s headline keynote and receive the Develop Star Award in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the industry.
Changes may be made to the list of announced speakers over the next few weeks as their availability on these new dates is established.
Conference passes that have already been purchased will automatically carry forward to the new dates and anyone unable to attend the November dates should contact the organisers directly.
“We’re obviously disappointed to be making this decision but it wasn’t a difficult one given the current uncertainty. The health and wellbeing of everyone is paramount,” said Tandem Events managing director Andy Lane.
“By moving the event to November, it means the show will go on and we can look forward to seeing everyone in Brighton, albeit a few months later.”
Entry submissions for the Develop:Star Awards will remain open until Friday 24 July.
For more information and the latest updates about Develop:Brighton and the Develop:Star Awards, visit developconference.com and follow @DevelopConf on Twitter.
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About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
Develop:Brighton is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry's key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to micro indies.
About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the Develop:Star Awards recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 18 categories and one ultimate ‘Develop Star’.
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