Bob started life as an Animator before moving into Production, working at Jagex, Iguana and Team17. In 2013, Bob and his colleague Darren Cuthbert, made the leap and started SockMonkey Studios. Nearly 9 years later and the team has grown to 35 people, working with the likes of Sumo, tinyBuild, Double11, Wired and Kwalee. Back in his home land of Teesside, Bob was nominated as Teesside’s 22nd most influential Business Person of 2020, and regularly contributes talks and mentoring to the North East game dev scene.
While working predominantly as a work-for-hire studio, in 2021 SockMonkey Studios launched their own IP, Fish Tanks. This talk will focus on some of the challenges SockMonkey came face to face with when creating their own game, as well as the downright mistakes, and what they learned on the way. The talk will cover issues associated with cost, design, timing and marketing in a 'warts and all' look at what can go wrong when making your own indie game. The talk will also feature the good side of own IP development as well as the, sometimes serendipitous, opportunities and collaborations you can encounter along the way – such as SockMonkey’s work with the renowned global charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
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.
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 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.
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
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