Keynote Fireside Chat with ID@Xbox’s Chris Charla Announced

16 May 2023

Tandem Events has announced that ID@Xbox Senior Director Chris Charla will deliver the opening keynote session on Tuesday 11 July at Develop:Brighton 2023.

In this fireside chat, Chris Charla will discuss what makes indie games so exciting, and how ID@Xbox can support developers to keep creating new content.

“I’m stoked to deliver the opening keynote at Develop:Brighton! This is such an amazing event and a great opportunity to connect with some of the best creators from across the game dev community”, said Charla.

“With ID@Xbox’s mission to empower game creators of all sizes and from all over the world, I’m excited to head to Brighton this summer to share what we’ve learned with the ID@Xbox program celebrating its 10th year of helping independent developers find new audiences.”

Recent ID@Xbox supported games include 2023 BAFTA Games Awards Best Game winner Vampire Survivors, and critically acclaimed hit Immortality.

This year’s headline keynote session, taking place on Wednesday 12 July, will be a fireside chat featuring the studio leads from Guerrilla, discussing the challenges the team faced during the development of Horizon Forbidden West.

And, Develop:Brighton’s Thursday keynote will see inkle Narrative Director Jon Ingold deliver a fascinating talk on narrative design.

Below is a selection of this year’s conference sessions. For more, click here

  • Style, Trends, Immersion and Abstraction - Developing UI Art Direction (Art)
    Leanne Bayley, Atomhawk Advance

  • Mixing AAA Games – Process, Collaboration & Systems (Audio)
    Sonia Coronado, Alex Previty, Jodie Kupsco - PlayStation Studios // Creative Arts

  • XX Things That are Definitely Not the Future of Games Development (Business)
    James Batchelor,

  • Dodging Bullets: Lightweight Automated Testing in Rollerdrome (Coding)
    Andrew Fray, Roll7

  • 7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Creative Leadership (Design)
    Nina Roussakoff, Lovewish

  • Creative Partnerships - an Alternative to Gameplay Videos for Your Influencer Marketing Campaigns (Discoverability)
    Fanny Moreaux, ICO Partners

  • Tips for Successful Game Development in Unity (Indie Bootcamp)
    James Stone, Unity

  • Highs and Lows of our Quest to find a Category Defining Game (Mobile)
    Simon Hade, Space Ape

  • LGBTQ+ Roundtable

Leon Killin, Sumo Group - Ladell Smith, Auroch Digital

Develop:Brighton 2023 takes place Tuesday 11 July until Thursday 13 July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, with a range of passes available now for the conference and expo.

Passes are available at our discounted Early Bird rate until Thursday 8 June and can be booked here

On Wednesday 12 July, during Develop:Brighton, the best and brightest of the game developer community will gather to celebrate at The Develop:Star Awards.

Media interested in attending Develop:Brighton should fill out the Media Accreditation Form with their details.

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About Develop:Brighton conference & expo

Develop:Brighton brings together the entire UK game dev industry to learn from each other, share ideas and experiences, network, and do business in a friendly and inclusive environment. The event also offers high quality conference sessions - from the industries brightest minds and talents - with practical takeaways that allow delegates to ‘skill-up’ and be inspired to make better games.

With a programme shaped to reflect attendees’ feedback and hot topics for game makers in 2023 (including AI generated content, discoverability & player acquisition, monetisation and narrative design) the Expo brings together some of the most innovative companies from every sector of games development. Guests can also keep up-to date with the latest dev tools/tech and get hands on with all the games on display.

Develop:Brighton offers three days of insight, inspiration, networking and fun on England’s south coast.

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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 20 categories, plus one ultimate ‘Develop Star’ honouring an extraordinary game developer or studio for outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry.

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