In line with their growing indie outreach efforts, Sony are running an open invite developer event on the 7th and 8th of October. Prospective developers can learn all about getting their games on PS Vita and PS4. There will be talks from various Sony bods including developer relations account manager Agostino Simonetta and 3rd party relations VP Michael Pattison. The latter had this to say:
We are excited to be opening our doors to developers who are interested in exploring PlayStation development and what its like to work with us.
The event takes place at Sony’s offices in Soho and you need to email DeveloperEvents@scee.net in order to grab one of the 45 places available on each day. More similar events are apparently planned for next year too, in case you can’t get to one of these.
This weekend is Eurogamer Expo weekend. A big event in the UK games scene, with big publishers as well as small independents showing their wares. This year as in previous years, David Hayward will be running the Indie Arcade, a little island of small-budget wonder amongst all the AAA explosions.
Unfortunately tickets are completely sold out, so unless you already have one you’ll have to just imagine what it could have been like. There are some great games on show, from London and further afield. The full list is here, but my London-based highlights are Fist of Awesome by Nicol Hunt and Myriad by Erland Grefsrud, the latter I have been dying to play for a while. Sadly I don’t have a ticket either
For those of you in the same boat as me, Loading Bar in Soho (inside Madd, address here) are running an alternative event to coincide with the big Expo. They ran a similar thing when E3 was on (EToo), which was by all accounts a crowded success. If you fancy heading along and checking out some local indie game splendour, the event, run by Indie Haven, is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings this week (26th-29th September).
Games are still being announced, so check back at Indie Haven for the full list of what will be on show.
On Thursday 10th October Richmix cinema in Shoreditch will be hosting the Free 2 Play Summit. An event all about free to play games with talks on player psychology, how to monetise children, and Nicholas Lovell.
The F2P summit might have been free to attend with micro-transactions needed to buy Conference Coins and presenters only talking at half speed unless you share the link on Facebook. It might have been but they have decided to go for the traditional up-front payment model, early bird tickets are £195 (+VAT) before the 18th September and for us lovely Indies we have a coupon code: F2P4TE which will get you 20% off, so only £156 if you book early.
For those in the F2P arena, or those looking into it, the conference should be very informative. There are many more speakers and events to be announced in the coming month, you can check the website for more details.
I got an email today from Nisha, from the Government! But it’s ok, all those VPNs and Tor networks have paid off, and it was only good news!
IC tomorrow, which is a “Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector” and who don’t capitalise the “tomorrow” part of their name, have launched a Digital Innovation Contest, in the subcategory of Games. There are five awards of £25k each for 5 different innovative games. The contest is sponsored by the likes of Sony, Crytek, Google and Intel and each have set a different brief within which you need to bust out your innovation.
In order to grab that cash you need to submit an application in the category of your choice by the 16th October, and there is a briefing event in London on the 19th September. This is going to be streamed online too if you can’t make it in person. As well as the money you get to keep all the IP from any game you end up making, and the website says you don’t need to be an established studio to apply. It all sounds quite promising.
Read more about the individual awards and the contest details at here.
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