Rich is a work-at-home dad and co-founder of Semaeopus, an award-winning indie games studio. In his first full year as a dad, he and his partner Sarah were both proud parents and studio directors: in 2018, Semaeopus was named one of the CE50 Top 50 creative and innovative companies in England, the UKGF Smart Studio, and they ran a successful Kickstarter together - all before the baby turned one! Rich has a diverse background, having started out welding sculpture for world renowned artists, he went on to work as a technical artist in film and TV, as a freelance animator and Unity developer, and an assistant producer at BBC Worldwide Games, before breaking out to do his own thing and co-found Semaeopus. Rich has guest lectured at two of the UK’s top creative universities, Central Saint Martins and the National Film and Television School, and spoken at games, tech, and hacker conferences around the world, from Sweden to LA. His writing and commentary on politics, art and the future of videogames is published in the Computer Games Journal.
Making games is hard, having babies is harder. Doing it at the same time? Are you nuts?! But when it’s your business, you just might have to grin and bear it all. Just don’t forget to breathe! Hear from this new dad and company director about the ups and downs of juggling life as a thirty-something wanna-be-everything. If you’re a keen-to-be or soon-to-be indie mum or dad (or maybe you employ one?), listen in and learn, because having a small studio and a small person is a *huge* challenge - and one worth having - but not enough people are talking about it.
Develop:Brighton brings together the game dev community to share ideas, learn and be inspired by each other. So if you have an idea for a conference session we'd love to hear it. Hurry - the deadline for submissions is 19 February!find out more
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!
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 always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
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!
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
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.
There are many ways you can be part of Develop:Brighton 2020 - including speaking in the conference, taking a booth in the Expo or becoming a sponsor.Find out more