Developer with a game to pitch? Publisher looking for new IP?

Then you won't want to miss this event because Develop:Brighton brings together the entire game dev community for three days by the beach in July - it's a great place to network. We're big enough that it feels like the whole industry is here, but relaxed and small enough to make meeting people easy.

There are plenty of informal networking opportunities - bumping into people in between conference sessions, over a coffee or lunch. Then there's the Expo where you can meet companies offering the latest tech and services, developers showcasing their games so you can even play games and share feedback with the creators or grab a beer in the Networking Bar sponsored by Unreal Engine.

If you'd rather not leave your meetings to chance, then use our online networking tool Meet@Develop to pre-arrange meetings with other attendees.

Plus, check out all the After Hours events and parties below...

Tuesday 9 July

  • Ice Breaker Welcome Drinks in the Metropole Bar sponsored by Unreal Engine - everyone with a Develop pass welcome from 6pm
  • GamesAid Poker Tournament at the Hilton Metropole - from 8pm until midnight
    Once again, Blazing Griffin (, Games London ( and Keymailer ( have generously offered their support as the poker tournament’s sponsors, with Bluegfx ( as our drinks sponsor. 
    The game is Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit with a £50 donation/buy-in. Re-buys and add-ons will be available on the night. There won’t be cash prizes available, however, a number of other exciting prizes will be announced. As always, all levels of players are welcome!
    For more information about GamesAid and where the money raised from the poker tournament will go, please check out
    To take part in the tournament and guarantee one of 60 places, games industry players need to register their £50 donation/buy-in and name on our dedicated Justgiving Page

Wednesday 10 July

  • Expo Booth Crawl everyone with a Develop pass welcome from 5pm
    Come and meet the exhibitors over a free beer!
  • Develop:Star Awards in the Oxford Suite from 7pm 
    Bringing together the game dev community to celebrate the very best games and talent within the industry.
    19.00 - Drinks and Canapes - a great chance to mingle and network
    20.00 - Awards Presentations
    20.45 - Dinner
    21.30 - Awards Presentations continue
    22.15 - After Party with dessert stations, casino, DJ and a late bar - everything you need to keep the party going!
    Dont miss out - Book your ticket here
  • Summer Party from 8pm til Late. 
    Book your tickets here 

Thursday 11 July

  • Final session of the conference 5pm Room 4
    Open to everyone  - expo only and conference passes - come and find out who won this year's Game Jam and the Indie Showcase, plus take part in the Incredible Playable Show hosted by Alistair Aitcheson and all with a free beer in your hand!
  • Close of conference drinks in the Metropole Bar from 6pm
  • Game Audio Network Guild Hang after the Audio Track from 6.45pm
    Find out more and RSVP here
  • SpecialEffect /OneSpecialDay Develop Drinks at Oh So Social from 7pm
    Entry requires a donation to SpecialEffect which you can make here
    More info...

Don’t miss out!

Develop:Brighton offers you an inspiring mix of top-notch speakers, practical how-to sessions, insights into the latest trends and technologies, plus fantastic networking opportunities. Find out about the different conference pass options and prices here or...

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