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.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
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.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
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