Jul 5, 2016

Develop 2016 Parties & Events

A lot of the London crowd are now preparing to head down to sunny (you better be sunny, Brighton, or I’m gonna trample some seagulls) Brighton for the annual Develop conference. Here’s a brief rundown of the events and parties that are happening outside the main event:

The Big Indie Pitch

PocketGamer are bringing their well travelled pitch-athon event to Brighton, on Tuesday evening. Indies can sign up here for a chance to pitch their mobile games to a roomful of developers, publishers and journalists. The winners get coverage on PocketGamer and “the mobile games media”. Plus there is free drinks and food!

Games By The Sea

Wednesday evening welcomes back an annual party, with a line-up of trend-setting indie games. So you can play while you drink and drink while you play. Currently sold out, but there is another release of tickets on the 8th July. Gang Beasts, Arena Gods and Videoball will be in attendance, along with their friends (their friends are also video games).

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If you like Biz, and you like Games, then you’ll like Wednesday night’s business card competition, the GamesIndustry.biz summer party. Your £35 ticket will buy you “liberal buckets of beer” and apparently, traditional midnight bacon sandwiches. You have to eat the sandwiches quickly though because of the well documented gremlin effect, which kicks in a 12:01.

Special Effect Raffle / Simon’s Party

Thursday evening hosts another party – Simon’s Birthday party (don’t worry, I don’t know Simon either). With a charity raffle, beers on the beach, and lots of fish and chips, it’s a more relaxed event, suitable for winding down the week. You can donate £10 or more for a ticket, more if you want a chance to win an Occulus, a Develop 2017 pass, or a bunch of games.


Another party supporting the Special Effect charity, this time at seafront party-time house, Shoosh. This one is on Wednesday and the first 75 attendees get a free drink. Entry is free, but you should get a ticket here. There will be a raffle, arcade games, and “free swag” – the pervasive tautology of the modern games conference. Organised by recruitment company SkillSearch and lots-of-men-in-a-field simulation company, Creative Assembly.

Meet the Gaming Business Experts

The magic of internet comments has also alerted us to another event happening on Monday – not quite a party, but a chance to meet business people and talk about Brexit (and games too, I suppose). Check out the comments for more infos.

If you know about any other events, let me know in the comments.

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  • On Monday night we are kicking off the Develop Conference with Meet the Business Gaming Experts. An afternoon of drinks, food and networking at 68 Middle Street which is entirely free. We have a series of gaming business experts to hand talking about the benefits of games tax relief, protecting your IP as well as a host of we have games developers from FuturLab, Mode 7 as well as Jesse Freeman from Amazon on hand. And of course we will be discussing Brexit and the impact on the games industry. We open from 3pm and the roundtables kick off at 5 so drop by for some informal networking and industry catch ups.