Nine per cent year on year increase.
Date confirmed for Develop:Brighton 2019, 9-11 July
Today, Tandem Events, organisers of Europe’s leading game developer conference Develop:Brighton, announced record attendance figures with a nine per cent year on year increase.
The conference and expo which included sessions from industry visionaries such as Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, Haden Blackman and Andy Wilson from Hangar 13, EA’s Jade Raymond, Bossa Studios’ Chet Faliszek, Rami Ismail from Vlameer and Mike Bithell had 2,369 attendees over the three days, the most in its 13-year history.
Delegates were able to hear from more than 120 speakers across 107 sessions and eight tracks; the most number of sessions ever at a single Develop:Brighton, thanks to an extended three-day format.
Brand new sessions for 2018 included Develop:Research, a new one-day track highlighting the value of University research and development to the games industry, and Roundtables, a series of sessions discussing topics such as diversity in the games industry, the importance of mental health, dealing with social media trolls and making gaming accessible.
Alongside the conference, 32 exhibitors made up the Develop:Brighton expo which included companies such as Hangar 13, Jagex, King, Bossa Studios, Epic Games, Sumo Digital and PlayStation.
“I’d like to thank all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for making this year’s Develop:Brighton such a success,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events. “For 2018, we strived to create a conference and expo that was more diverse, had more content and explored more of the topics that are at the forefront of games development. We are pleased with positive comments we’ve received this year, and for 2019 we’ll continue to push forward and create a conference that brings the game development community together.”
Develop:Brighton will return to the Hilton Brighton Metropole from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 July 2019.
Call for speakers will open in January 2019.
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About Tandem Events
With over 30 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, the team behind Tandem Events know what makes a successful event.
By bringing business communities together, each of Tandem’s events offers unique, face-to-face commercial and networking opportunities. Tandem Event’s currently organise Develop:Brighton, Evolve:Brighton and Indie Dev:Brighton, plus Games:Funding Forum.
Our previous events include F2P Summit, Evolve:London, Develop:Liverpool, GamesDev Masterclasses, Games:Edu, Games Grads, Casual Games Forum, Games Marketing Forum.
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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
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’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
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.
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.
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.
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
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!
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