Develop in Liverpool organiser Tandem Events today unveiled the latest additions to the speaker line-up for this year’s conference, which takes place on Thursday 24 November 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool.

Newly confirmed speakers for the main conference include Electronic Arts, Open Feint, Intel, Blitz Games Studios, 36peas, Vertical Slice, GamesAnalytics, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Oxford University.

"Game development is going through some really exciting times right now with fantastic opportunities opening up for everyone involved in it, from the biggest studios right down to the smallest indies,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of organiser Tandem Events.

“This year's conference line-up, with over 22 sessions, reflects the changing landscape and really drills down into what some of those opportunities are today and tomorrow. And, as ever at a Develop Conference, there will be plenty of opportunity for catching up with old & new friends over a coffee during the day or better still over a beer at the after party."

Develop Conference Sessions include:

OPENING KEYNOTE: Sony Talks Strategy, Creativity and Innovation

Michael Denny, John Rostron, Graeme Ankers and Matt Southern

The Rise of Free to Play on Mobile: Best Practices

Dan Keegan, Open Feint

iPad Game Design: It’s Different?

Gareth Jenkins, 36peas

10 Tips for Successfully Using Data To Improve Online Game Revenue & Player Satisfaction

Chris Wright, GamesAnalytics

Convergence is Change and Change is Good!

John Nash, Blitz Games Studios

Where is the Fun? Measuring Social Interaction

Graham McAllister, Vertical Slice

Dynamic Resolution Rendering

Doug Binks, Intel

Tackling Physics

Stephen Frye, EATech

Ethics and Designing Addiction in Games

Dr. Bennett Foddy, Institute for Science & Ethics at Oxford University and an editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

With only one week to go until the Early Bird rate ends on 26 October, and five weeks to go until the conference opens its doors, the conference programme promises delegates a broad range of high quality sessions, which offer expert insight and practical take-away knowledge for both established developers and indies.

Develop in Liverpool conference passes can be purchased at the special early bird rate of £235 before 26 October at:

Notes to editors:

About the Develop Conference:

The seventh Develop in Brighton Conference will take place from 10 – 12 July 2012. The 2011 event attracted over 1500 game developers from 30 different territories and has become firmly established as the leading conference for European games developers. The sister event to Brighton - Develop in Liverpool will take place in Liverpool on Thursday 24 November 2011. Early Bird Discount ends 26 October. Delegates can apply for conference passes at:

About Indie Dev Day:

Indie Dev Day is a conference and networking event running alongside Develop in Liverpool designed for established independent studios, new start-ups, wannabe indies, freelance developers and students. Indie Dev Day was successfully launched at Develop in Brighton 2011 and attracted over 200 delegates. For more info and to book passes go to:

About Tandem Events:

Tandem Events has over 25 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors. Specialising in the interactive entertainment market, their portfolio includes Evolve in London on 1 December 2011, Develop in Brighton, Develop in Liverpool, Evolve in Brighton, Games:Edu, Games Marketing Forum, Games Grads and GamesDev Masterclasses.


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