13 years experience in community, marketing and public relations helping brands like CCP's Eve Online + EVE Valkyrie, Activision's Guitar Hero Live and Multiplay's Insomnia Gaming Festival. I am currently a CM of Future Publishing for PC Gamer, Live Science and Space.com, ambassador at SpecialEffect and a community developer for Women Making Games North East.
The world of community management has changed. Now not only do most studios need one, they need one that can build from nothing - which can be the key difference in pay grade, experience and in some cases value for money. Community Development Veteran Stevie Ward talks through some key theories in Community Development and how you can specialise in growing them from nothing, making them strong, and building them to last.
As of 26 August 2020, Fall Guys has sold over 7 million copies on Steam. Multiple outlets have gone on to describe the game's popularity as a "phenomenon”.
Stevie Ward, Community Developer from PC Gamer, interviews Oliver Hindle Fall Guys Community Director and Haley Uyrus, Head of Brand Communications for Mediatonic on their hilarious and relatable social media presence, their brilliant communications and community strategy, and their approach to community collaboration that has helped to make Fall Guys the most downloaded PlayStation Plus Game of all time, the most-watched game on Twitch, and the initiative that raised over 1 million dollars for SpecialEffect.
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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 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: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!
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.
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!
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 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.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
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.
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.
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