ID@Xbox to hit the road with developer-focused events

Indies invited to open days to discuss publishing their games on Xbox One and Windows 10
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Microsoft will host a series of ID@Xbox-focused events in cities across the world to educate developers on how to get their games published on its platforms.

In a newly published interview with Develop, ID@Xbox account manager Agostino Simonetta said the events would be open to any developers to come and talk to the team and ask any questions they may have.

He said he hoped to travel around to various locations and host 50 to 60 developers at each event. The dates and locations are yet to be announced.

The events sound similar to the PlayStation Open Days hosted by Sony – which Simonetta played a key role in. The open days featured a number of presentations from Sony staff, Q&A’s and talks by local developers.

“Well, we are actually starting soon – dates and locations to be announced – a program where we’re going to visit a lot of cities across all the different regions with ID@Xbox-focused events,” he said.

“These are going to be open events where developers can talk to us and meet us in person. And the point of that is us being able to deliver the message. We are aware that there are a lot of countries and not all the developers can make it to GDC, and we really want to reach out to them. It’s also for them to come and ask us questions, engage with us and get to know us.

“People who know me know it’s very important for me to have a personal relationship with the developers, and we have a good team here, and we can try and stretch ourselves. But if we can actually travel around and every time we visit a location have 50 or 60 developers we can actually talk to, we can get to know each other a lot better. Building that relationship is very, very important.”

Read our full interview with ID@Xbox’s Simonetta on Microsoft's evolving indie strategy here.

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