The countdown has begun to the start of Europe’s largest games development conference and expo. Brighton will once again become the centre of the development world when the Develop Conference&Expo opens its doors on July 24. Over the following three days 75 sessions will take place with nearly 90 speakers covering topics across seven tracks with subjects as diverse as Textures and Shaders in the HD Era through to Their Money, Your Life– Raising Money For Games Companies.
The event will have an international flavour this year with participants from USA, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Australia, India, Russia, Singapore, Turkey as well as the host nations. The latest confirmed international speaker is Tsutomo Kouno from the Japanese arm of Sony Worldwide Studios who will be talking about the creation of LocoRoco. In addition, Tommy Tallarico will be flying in to Brighton to give one of his unforgettable presentations on the future of game audio.
In addition to the heavyweight conference programme there are also a number of more lighthearted sessions taking place this year. Opinion Jam, described as“a conference, compressed” is made up of ten industry luminaries who put their ludicrous opinions under a stress test. Within the Audio Track there’s an open mic session on the future of gaming audio, with a prize for the most controversial contribution. And in the final session of the conference, there are plenty of contenders, but who is really the biggest know-it-all in the games development industry? Come and see eight industry luminaries face-off on stage in Buzz: The Video Game, a special knockabout session featuring Brighton-based developer Relentless Software's smash hit Buzz: The Mega Quiz, with questions specially written by Develop magazine's editor Michael French.
“We’ve been able to build on our initial success from last year - attracting more speakers from further afield as well as more senior talent. This is a world class conference programme and one that will provide delegates with sessions that will make a difference, as well as entertain and inform,” commented event director Andy Lane.
Last year, approximately 1200 delegates attended the conference, from CEOs to junior programmers, and this year numbers are set to be up in line with the increase in speakers and exhibitors. The event opens on Tuesday July 24 with the Mobile Day and Games:EDU and continues through until the last session of the conference– the Buzz Quiz– at 16.45 on Thursday July 26.
Participating companies to date include:
7Seas Technologies Limited• Abductor Producoes Cinematograficas• Actoz Soft Co., Ltd• Animazoo• Animosys• Ankanet Software and Mobile Systems• Artemdigital• Audiokinetic• Autodesk• Basari Mobile IT Products• Beyerdynamic• Bizarre Creations• Blitz Games• Carbonon Tech Pvt Ltd• Centauro Multimedia S.L• Cep Dünyasi• Climax Racing• Color Chips India Limited• Crytek• Develop Magazine• Double Fusion• Double Negative Ltd• DQ Entertainment Limited• Electronic Arts• Emergent Game Technologies• Engenuity• Entidad Pública Red.es• Epic• Evolution Studios• Freestyle Games• Frontier• Full Sail• Fuzzyeyes Studio•Game Developers Association of Australia• GameFace• Gameneo• Games Academy GmbH• Games Audit Ltd• Games That Matter• Gameshadow• Gameshastra Solutions Pvt Ltd• gamesindustry.biz• Gamesound• Gamevil Inc• Geomerics• Glu Mobile• Goldfish Information Technologies• Guerrilla-Games• Halfbrick Studios• Handygo• HAT BilgiIslem AS• Heldhand• Ideaworks 3D• IF Elektronik Ltd• IGM• Image Infotainment Limited• Infospace Inc.• Instinct Technology• Introversion Software• Jagex• Jeuxvideo.com• Kahani World Inc• Koch Media• Kuju Entertainment• lemonQuest• Lionhead Studios• Lucas Arts• M:Metrics• Meantime Mobile Creations• Mgame• Midway Games• Mobiga Oyun Teknolojileri A.S• Mobile Entertainment• Microsoft• Moket Pty Ltd• music4games• Namco Bandai Games• Naturalmotion• NCsoft• Neowiz• Netgame• New Disk• Nexgen Studio Pte Ltd• Nexon Mobile• NHN Corp• Nikita• Nokia• NtreeySoft• Orange Gum Pte Ltd• Oysterr Digital India Private Ltd• Perforce Software• Philips amBX• Pixofun• Pocket Gamer• Polygon Magic• Powerspace USA• Pozitim Teknoloji ve Bilis¸im• Qualcomm• Rabenstark Spielzeug GmbH• Rare• Rebellion• Relentless Software• Remedy• Richard Jacques Studios• Sanra software Ltd• Sarassin LLP• Sierra Entertainment• Skyzone Mobile• Sony Computer Entertainment Europe• Southampton Solent University• Spielwerke• Stormfront Studios• Swordfish Studios• Tech Excel• TecToy Mobile• Telenity Bilis¸im• Testronic Labs• The Game Design Studio• Tiga• TIM Brasil• Unkasoft• Veripark• Vivo• Webeng Korea• Webzen• WeMade Entertainment Co Ltd• XNA Group, Microsoft• Yacom– Deutsche Telekom• Zoe Mode.