Hello Everyone! The organisers of Develop conference have been nice enough to give us two free passes for the conference coming up in July. It’s the biggest conference for games devs in the UK and well worth a visit. This year there are talks from Doom pioneer John Romero, noisy graphics guru Ken Perlin, Moly Carrol of indie superstar publisher Chucklefish, and lot’s more besides.
There will also be the regular Indie Showcase, which allows small developers a chance to get some exposure and the chance of a trophy too. Submissions open on the 24th April and close on the 19th May, so check back on the Develop website for news on that.
If you don’t win a free full pass from us you can get an expo pass for free which also gets you in to the Indie Bootcamp sessions. This year they’ve introduced Micro Indie passes, which are about a third of regular pass prices and any studio with 4 or fewer employees can get these. If you book before 26th April you can still get the super early bird prices too. If you want to put your name down for the raffle come along to one of the next three Clapham or Angel meetups and speak Shaz Yusaf or Joe Bain, or you can come to co-working too.
Hey everyone! I’ve just conducted the raffle for the Develop pass winners and I will be emailing them shortly. The winners were:
- Istvan Dabronyi
- Arron Steed
And the mystery runner up prize goes to:
- Darren Daley
Thanks for taking part everyone, and I hope I’ll see you all at Develop this year.
Hello friends! We’re coming round to that time of the year when everyone heads down to Brighton, complains about how it could be sunnier, gets a bit drunk on the beach, and learns some cool things about video games! Develop Conference is here again and we have discounts for you, and a free pass giveaway for two lucky readers.
This year there are a bunch of great speakers, some cool workshops, the lovely expo, and of course, Hideo “Hide in a box” Kojima giving the keynote. You can use the code DEV16AF2 to get a 10% discount on tickets, and the lovely people at Tandem Events have also offered us 2 free 3-day passes to give away, worth over £500 each! To be in with a chance for a pass, leave a comment here on the post (don’t forget to include your email), or come along to the pub night on the 2nd May at The Crown, or the 18th at The Bank.
If you want to buy a ticket, there are currently still super early bird prices, but they end tonight (27th April).
Developers with unpublished games can also apply to show their game in the Indie Showcase, submissions close on the 19th May. There’s a lot of people wandering through here – developers, publishers, and the press – so it’s a good chance to show off your game.
Over at UCL they are planning a Persuasive Games competition. If you are currently a student, at any university, and are interested in furthering the advancement of knowledge and possibly winning £1000 then take a look and get involved.
Registration is open now and closes on Jan 24th and the competition itself runs from Feb 1st to April 5th. Entries should get people to consider the causes of human error, and its roots in complex systems. From the website:
The main goal of the competition is to produce a game that can raise awareness of blame culture and get players to reflect on how individuals are blamed even when the wider system is at fault.
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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