TANDEM EVENTS LAUNCHES DEVELOP ONLINE

Tandem Events today announced the launch of Develop Online. A one-day programme of ten enlightening sessions and one inspirational keynote address dedicated to online gaming, Develop Online takes place on 29 July alongside the Develop Conference and Expo in Brighton.

Randal Price - Areanet, Moussa Khan– CCP, Jim Purbrick - Linden Lab, Imre Jele– Jagex, Henrique Olifiers– Blitz Games and Robert Bond - Speechly Bircham are already lined up as Develop Online speakers. They will address the real world– and virtual world - challenges and solutions facing online game developers globally.

Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events, explained the thinking behind creating Develop Online:“Online gaming is booming in Europe. Wildly successful pioneers like Jagex, CCP and DICE are giants on the international stage, while Brighton is becoming a hub for massively-multiplayer online gaming thanks to inward investment from overseas players like NCSoft and Linden Labs. Sony is developing PlayStation Home in London while, with the likes of APB, Little Big Planet and Burnout Paradise, ever-inventive European developers are finding new ways to add an online dimension to traditional games.

“The creation of Develop Online recognises the increasing importance of the online gaming sector and addresses the technical issues currently faced by online developers, giving a unique opportunity for European developers to come together to share their insights for a day."

A Develop Online pass costs£175 before 1 July and£215 after. It gives delegates access to any/all Develop Online sessions on Tuesday 29 July as well full access to the Develop Expo on Wednesday 30 July and Thursday 31 July. Registration is open now at www.developconference.com .

Notes to editors:

About Develop Conference and Expo: The third annual Develop Conference will host more than 90 speakers and 60 sessions moulded around tracks that are key to the world of games development: Audio, Art&Animation, Business, Coding, Game Design, Production and World View.

A full list of confirmed sessions can be found online at www.developconference.com. Registration is now open and delegates can apply for Super, Standard, Mobile, Audio and Expo passes for the Develop Conference and Expo online at www.developconference.com. Discounts are available on all passes purchased before 1 July 2008. The expo pass is free of charge– please register online.

Develop Online, Develop Mobile and GAMES:EDU will run alongside the Develop Conference&Expo on Tuesday 29 July. Develop Mobile is expanding to offer delegates two tracks– business and development– with sessions focused on everything from the latest 3D technologies, to case studies of successful games, proven techniques for launching a new IP, and cross-platform casual games design.

GAMES:EDU is an annual conference, which aims to light a spark under the debate over the current and future education needs of the gaming community. It offers a unique opportunity for those who have a passion to transform the UK development community. Backed by Skillset, GAMES:EDU brings together the UK's foremost educators from across all disciplines to connect directly with developers and games producers, to exchange ideas and perspectives.

About Tandem Events:

Tandem Events has over 20 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, including Develop Conference&Expo, Develop Mobile Conference, GAMES:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads. For more information, please visit www.tandemevents.co.uk

Interested in participating at Develop? Please contact:

Craig Mundle or Andy Lane on +44 (0) 20 7405 4500

E: craig@tandemevents.co.uk/andy@tandemevents.co.uk


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