Yorkshire Games Festival returns in February 2020

Yorkshire Games Festival is returning for its fourth year on February 5-9th, 2020.

The five-day event has been crafted for “developers, gamers, and families alike”, offering a “wide variety of events and activities to appeal across the spectrum”. A series of Games Talks running on 6th and 7th February are designed for industry professionals, and prospective developers can participate in “Meet the Developers” networking sessions. The event will also host the return of BAFTA’s Young Developers Conference for 11-18 year olds.

The event will include insights from Mike Bithell of Bithell Games, Chloe Crookes of Team17 who serves as Senior QA Analyst, Sumo Digital level designer Zi Peters and nDreams’ CEO, Patrick O’Luanaigh. Also on the bill is journalist Alysia Judge, whose work has been published in the BBC, The Guardian, IGN, and The Independent, and Coatsink lead animator, Emma Hollingsworth. UK studio Rare will also be there to talk about the making of Sea of Thieves, and Team17 will be setting up a pop-up Usability Lab.

“We’ve made a point of providing a welcome environment for industry luminaries to come and lay open their views, their experiences, and their knowledge to what is always an engaged and committed crowd,” says Festival Director, Kathryn Penny.

“The next Yorkshire Games Festival is going to be no different, building on that strong relationship we’re developing with the industry and bringing those voices to the next generation – a generation of creatives who can’t typically head to events elsewhere around the country. It’s a unique meeting of minds, making the next festival the best yet.”

“It’s exactly publishers like Team17 and activities like the Usability Lab that help us to illustrate just how wide and diverse the games industry is to our attendees,” continues Penny. “It’s very easy for those just thinking about starting out in games to have their eyes fixed on the big glamorous jobs at the Triple-A studios and not realise the industry has a wealth of other jobs and professions to offer.”

Tickets for Yorkshire Games Festival: Game Talks 2020 are now available at the Yorkshire Games Festival website.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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