25 February: Tandem Events is launching Indie Dev Day, which will take place on Thursday 21 July in Brighton alongside the well-established annual Develop and Evolve conferences, which run 19-21 July.

The day-long conference of half-hour sessions has been designed specifically for established independent studios, new start-ups, developers teetering on the brink of becoming an indie, freelance developers and students.

The content is being shaped by an advisory board with decades of experience (and success) in the games industry, and the sessions will give delegates a chance to hear– and share– experiences in developing games for emerging platforms such as XBLA, PSN, Steam, Facebook and iOS. They will also have access to valuable case study material from successful indie developers– big and small.

In addition, indies will get the opportunity to meet key industry figures and publishers at a special networking lunch.

The sessions will complement the brand new Indie Dev Showcase: a dedicated area within the Develop Expo (19-20 July) featuring some of the exciting and new indie projects currently under development, chosen by the Indie Dev Day judging panel, will be showcased to around 1,300 Develop in Brighton attendees.  

Organiser Tandem Events has introduced a special reduced rate for the Indie Dev Day of just£50 (early bird until 15 June) or£75 thereafter after. This rate includes VAT and a Develop Expo pass.

“Over the last six years we’ve always worked hard to make sure that the Develop Conference is an all-inclusive event with content and networking opportunities that are relevant to all sectors of the European development community,” commented Andy Lane, managing director, Tandem Events.

“In recent years, the industry has seen a huge growth of indie developers and micro studios producing great games for mobile and online platforms. This trend is growing year on year, and so we feel the time is right to respond with dedicated content focused solely on the needs of the indie.” 

“The Indie Dev Day at this year’s Develop is a fantastic idea. It’s great to see that this growing trend in the UK has been recognised and reflected in the content of the event. It’s a rare chance for the indie community to get together,” commented Sean Murray of Hello Games.

Notes to editors:

About the Develop Conference:

The sixth Develop Conference will take place at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, UK, from 19 - 21 July 2011. It attracts around 1300 game developers from over 20 different territories and has become firmly established as the leading conference in Europe for games developers. Delegates can apply for conference passes at:

Delegates can purchase one, two and three day passes to Develop priced at£330,£565 and£680 respectively. Early bird rates are£275,£450 and£525. Audio track passes are£280 (£225 early bird).

Indie Dev Day passes are£75 (£50 early bird).

Evolve focuses on how to develop games for new and emerging platforms, new technologies and new markets like social and casual gaming. It opens on Tuesday 19 July then continues with individual sessions within the main conference programme on Wednesday 20 July, which are cross-discipline and have a more general appeal. 

Games:EDU is a one-day conference taking place on Wednesday 20 July alongside Develop, which 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 and Evolve in Brighton, Evolve in London, Develop in Liverpool, Games:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads. 

For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Le Rougetel

T: 020 7421 7600


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