Develop:Brighton is a conference, expo and networking event for absolutely everyone involved in developing games.
The Develop:Brighton conference is all about helping game developers make better games. Why re-invent the wheel? Come and learn from other developers, hear about what worked for them (and didn't), discover best practise, practical advice and top tips but more than anything be inspired by each other - both in and out of the sessions - there are plenty of opportunities to share war stories over a beer too! But don't just take our word for it..
"Develop is a chance to exchange knowldege, to get excited - you listen yo somebody talk about their experiences, you get inspired, you head back and you work much better." Mark Cerny, Cerny Games
Competition is tough for indie game devs today and you're often working on small budgets with limited resources. So Develop:Brighton is the perfect place for you to learn all the latest tips, tricks and advice from the best in the business - both the big guys and other indies. We have a dedicated Indie track running acoss all three days of the conference wich covers everything from an Indie perspective - from funding to design, discovery to community management and of course running a successful business, so come and be inspired to make better Indie games!
If your studio has 4 or less employees then you can register for a Micro Indie pass with greatly reduced rates from as little as £90 a day.
As part of the Indie Dev focus, we’re runningthe the ever popular Indie Showcase competition again so if you have an unpublished game that you'd like to showcase at Develop, submissions open in April and our panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 10 games to be demo'd in the Expo.
We welcome all developers however small you are and we don't want tight budgets to prevent you guys from attending and missing out on all the latest tips, tricks and advice from the best in the business. So, we've incorporated the indie focused content into the main conference which means you can choose to attend just the indie track sessions on each day, or you can access any of the other sessions in the conference programme. And if your studio has 4 or less employees then you can register for a Micro Indie pass with greatly reduced rates from as little as £90 a day!
As part of the Indie Dev focus, we’re running the the ever popular Indie Showcase competition again so if you have an unpublished game that you'd like to showcase at Develop, submissions open in April and our panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 10 games to be demo'd in the Expo.
If you're a games publisher then you're always on the look out for new IP right? So where better than a gathering of over 2,000 game devs all in one place for three days - many of them coming along with a game or idea to pitch?
There are various ways you can make the most of a visit to Develop:Brighton - you can register for an Expo pass and attend all the informal networking events, you can sign up for Meet@Develop and pre-arrange meetings with developers or for maximum exposure why not take a booth in the Expo or look into our sponsorship opportunities?
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In order to teach your students about game development and the industry, you need to be up-to-date on all the lastest trends and technology, as well as picking up tips, advice and case studies to share with them. If you're a lecturer in a specific discipline then the conference tracks mean you can choose sessions most relavant to your fields - tracks include art, audio, business, coding, design and discoverability.
With over 2,000 game devs all in one place it's also a great place to make contacts and stay close to the industry, which should prove very useful when looking to place students on internships and work experience, or looking for industry mentors or guest lecturers.
We offer academics a reduced rate on all our conference passes - find out more
If you're studying game development then you won't want to miss Develop:Brighton. It's the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry you're looking to join, make useful contacts and talk to developers about their work - they're a friendly bunch so I'm sure they'll be more than happy to share their exeriences and give you advice.
We're offering a special reduced rate on all our conference passes for students this year - find out more
Or if you can't stretch to a conference pass, the Indie Bootcamp sessions in the Expo are FREE!
Develop:Brighton is not just a place for developers to meet developers, it's also the perfect place to bring developers together with companies like you who are involved in supporting them and allowing them to make their games and run their busnesses as well as possible.
Here are just some of the service companies that come along: hardware manufacturers, tools/middleware suppliers, marketing & pr agencies, recruitment agencies, investors, entertainment lawyers and accountants, outsourcing companies, localisation companies and game audio suppliers.
There are various ways you can make the most of a visit to Develop - you can register for an Expo pass and attend all the informal networking events, you can sign up for Meet@Develop and pre-arrange meetings with developers or for maximum exposure why not take a booth in the Expo or look into our sponsorship opportunities?
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Develop:Brighton offers media an enormous opportunity to meet game developers face-to-face - from the brightest micro indies to development legends, get up-to-date with the latest trends and game dev news, plus a chance to play new games and try out new tech in the Expo.
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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!
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.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
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 a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
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 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 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 are many ways you can be part of Develop:Brighton 2018 - including speaking in the conference, taking a booth in the Expo or becoming a sponsor.Find out more