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Thursday 19 October: Develop:Brighton Digital, a free conference and expo for video game industry professionals and students, starts Monday 2 November. The event will run for three days and is headlined by keynote speaker Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios.
More than 30 sessions will take place across the three days, hosted on a dedicated Develop:Brighton Digital site. While free for 2020, registration is required to secure a place. Registration closes on Friday 30 October.
Prospective attendees can register here: https://bit.ly/DevDigi
Registered attendees will be given a login for the dedicated Develop:Brighton Digital site, where sessions will be broadcast from 10am – 6pm GMT each day of the conference.
The site also features an expo where exhibitors will have virtual booths staffed live by representatives ready to answer any questions attendees might have. Develop:Brighton Digital exhibitors include AWS Game Tech, Unreal Engine, Dolby, Frontier Developments, MY.GAMES, FIRESPRITE and Ukie.
Attendees will also be able to utilise networking features to set-up video meetings with fellow delegates and there will be a “Hilton” Bar allowing users to freely interact and make new contacts.
Keynote sessions include Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard discussing his legendary career, a fireside chat with PlayStation’s Dominic Robilliard, Gary Whitta discussing his hit Twitch talk show Animal Talking and a live panel feature four top UK studio heads offering advice on running a successful studio.
A further two live panels will also take place discussing diversity and inclusivity, and LGBTQ+ representation in the industry. These panels feature representatives from PlayStation, Sumo Digital, Rocksteady, Media Molecule and more.
Develop:Brighton Digital will conclude with the Develop:Star Awards 2020 from 5pm GMT on Wednesday 4 November. The winners of sixteen categories celebrating the best of the games industry will be announced, and Todd Howard will be honoured as the second recipient of the Develop Star Award.
The conference and expo are sponsored by platinum sponsors Epic Games and AWS Game Tech. The Develop:Star Awards are sponsored by PTW.
Below is a selection of some of the 30+ conference sessions set to feature at Develop:Brighton Digital.
- Stumbling to Success – The Fall Guys Phenomenon | Stevie Ward, Future, Haley Uyrus & Oliver Hindle, Mediatonic
- Player-Driven Audio Creation in Dreams | Bogdan Vera, Media Molecule
- Ten Things To Do Before You Even Start Working On A New Game | Mitchell Smallman, Netspeak Games
- Stronger Together: How Your Players Can Make You a Better Developer | John Payce, Jagex
- Nailing the pitch: Practical Skills for Securing Multi-Million Pound Projects | Natalie Wicks, Double Eleven
- Scenery Art of Planet Zoo: Designing Assets for a Highly Creative Player Base | Liesa Bauwens & Ijke Botman, Frontier Developments
- What the Concept Art Doesn’t Tell You: Adding Depth and Believability to Your Characters | Shayleen Hulbert, Artist
- The Art of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout | Alexander McKinney-Raphelt, Mediatonic
Press interested in attending Develop:Brighton Digital should register their interest here.
Alternatively, press can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
Develop:Brighton is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.
With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry’s key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to micro indies.
About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the Develop:Star Awards recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 18 categories and one ultimate ‘Develop Star’.