Train2Game News Develop Brighton Announces First Keynote Speakers

Tandem Events, organisers of Develop:Brighton has announced that Rebellion Developments co-founders Jason Kingsley OBE and Chris Kingsley OBE as the first keynote speakers for the conference taking place 9 – 11 July at the Brighton Hilton Metropole.

In a fireside chat, the brothers will discuss Rebellion’s 26 year history as an independent studio, the creation of standout games including Sniper Elite 4 and Strange Brigade, as well as its ownership of comic brand 2000 AD and the recent opening of a $100 million film and television studio.

Titled ‘Rebellion: The Path to Independence’ the keynote will take place on the final day of the conference on Thursday, 11 July.

“My brother and I are really looking forward to joining the community in Brighton,” said Chris Kingsley OBE. “We’re thrilled to have the chance to talk about Rebellion’s history and our exciting plans for the future.”
Jason Kingsley OBE added: “It’s a fantastic story how Rebellion became one of Europe’s largest independent studios and how we’ve reached a place where we’re not just making games, but comics, books, TV shows and even movies, all while staying independent.”

Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Chris and Jason to Develop:Brighton, and look forward to hearing them discuss the origins, history and future of one of Britain’s most famed and beloved studios.

“We’ve got some great speakers lined up and together with all the networking events, including the Develop:Star Awards on Wednesday night, it’s shaping up to be an unmissable few days.”

Conference passes are available at a Super Early Bird rate offering up to £330 off a three-day pass until midnight on Wednesday, 3 April, after which passes will be available at our Early Bird rate for a limited time.
Tandem Events recently announced the first round of speakers hosting talks at the conference, including representatives from BioWare, Microsoft, Riot Games and Eidos Montreal.

Additional speakers, including further keynotes, will be announced in due course. Exact dates and times for each session will be announced in spring.

For a full list of announced speakers, head to: www.developconference.com/whats-on/2019-speakers

Develop:Brighton is a three-day conference and expo running from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 July 2019 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. On Wednesday 10 July, at the same venue, the industry will gather to celebrate its best and brightest at The Develop:Star Awards.

Registration is now live for Develop:Brighton, with delegates able to save up to £330 on a three-day Super Early Bird pass bought on or before Wednesday, 3 April at: www.developconference.com.

Train2game News Second Keynote for Develop Brighton

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Today, Tandem Events, organisers of Develop:Brighton, Europe’s leading game developer conference, announced their latest keynote to be delivered by London based, Bossa Studios.

The announcement comes just one day before the Super Early Bird deadline on Wednesday. 

Entitled ‘Reach for the Sky: Why Disruptive Technology Deserves Disruptive Design’ the talk will take place directly after the opening keynote, delivered by Hideo Kojima and Mark Cerny, on Wednesday 13 July.

CTO Sylvain Cornillon, COO Vince Farquharson and co-founder Imre Jele will take to the stage to discuss how breakthroughs in technology have surprised, inspired, helped and sometimes annoyed Bossa Studios; how modern technologies has given the studio a way to make better games and to make games in a better way.

The biggest portion of the talk will focus on the lessons learnt whilst creating their latest and most ambitious game; Worlds Adrift and will delve deeper into why Bossa Studios is one of the most creative and pioneering UK studios.

“We’re delighted to announce Bossa Studios’ keynote talk at Develop:Brighton,” commented managing director of Tandem Events, Andy Lane. “The programme is shaping up to be one of our strongest to date and with this double keynote special it offers a fantastic opportunity for our delegates to hear from some of the industry’s leading pioneers.”

Develop:Brighton takes place from 12-14 July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Highlights from a growing programme include:

Opening Keynote: Legends on the Future:
Hideo Kojima in Conversation with Mark Cerny

Indie Keynote: Funomenal Feel Engineering
Robin Hunicke, Funomena

VR: Don’t Go Alone – Take Me! How to Make a Social VR Experience
Katie Goode and John Campbell, Triangular Pixels

VR: Building Great Games in VR – What We’ve Learnt Through Three Years of VR Development
Simon Harris, Supermassive Games

Marketing: Spending Millions Doesn’t Mean Top Grossing: How Rival Kingdom’s Launch Transformed Our Marketing Approach
Simon Hade, Space Ape Games

Marketing: Find the Right Users, Find Success
Bruce Kerr-Peterson, Google

Funding: Second Generation Crowdfunding: How to Make Crowdfunding & Kickstarter Work for You
Tomas Rawlings, Auroch Digital

Funding: How to Access Video Game Tax Relief
Anna Mansi, BFI

Coding: Research and Development: A Rational Approach
Ray Dey, Sony Computer Entertainment

Business: Merchandising in Games: Effectively Monetising Your Virtual IP as Physical Goods
Joe Stevens, Whispering Gibbon

Design: Let’s Talk Narrative with Rhianna Pratchett
Rhianna Pratchett, Writer

Evolve: Don’t Forget the Eyeballs: Developing Compelling Games for eSports Audiences
Ian Sharpe, Azubu

Tickets are on sale now at www.developconference.com with a super early bird rate running until 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April

Train2game News Develop Brighton Indie Keynote Speakers

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Robin Hunicke, one of the games industry’s most talented developers, has been named as the Indie Keynote Speaker on Thursday 14 July at this year’s Develop:Brighton.

Over a career spanning an impressive 12 years, Hunicke has worked on a number of titles that have shaken the industry, including Journey (9/10 IGN), Boom Blox (9/10 Eurogamer), MySims (8/10 Game Informer) and The Sims 2 (94% IGN). She’s also the co-founder of indie studio Funomena, where she’s currently working on two upcoming titles: Luna and Wattam.

Though her glowing resumé reveals the depth of her knowledge, Hunicke’s candidacy for the Keynote spot is bolstered by an incredible commitment to fairness and diversity of both thought and participation in game design and culture. Recently recognised with an Influential Woman in Games award, Hunicke has also spent several years involved in the organisation of Indiecade while holding the role of Professor of Art, Games & Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz.

She believes game developers can create novel, experimental games by designing for feeling, and her talk will aim to highlight this by focusing on the core artistic and emotional inspirations at the heart of Luna, which focuses on themes of personal transformation. The talk will explain how decisions in art, sound and gameplay design are integrated via “Feel Engineering” to reinforce the games underlying themes and narrative.

“The quality of Robin’s output speaks for itself,” said Andy Lane, Managing Director at Tandem Events. “As someone who’s worked with both big studios and small indies, we know Robin will offer valuable insight and inspiration in her keynote, with her talk kicking off a day of great sessions from a talented cast.”

Other sessions in the Indie Dev Day include:

Pitching is Courtship
Shahid Ahmad, Indie Developer

How does someone in charge of budget for financing video games think? As a developer, how do you give yourself the best possible chance to unlock those funds? In this session, Shahid shares his experiences in commissioning over a hundred games. If you’re a developer and you’re looking for funding for your game, you’ll want to know how to give yourself every chance of success. In “Pitching is Courtship”, Shahid shares some of the things he looked for in a developer and their pitches when he was making funding decisions.

Killing the Indie Crunch Myth: Shipping Games Alive
Simon Roth, Machine Studios

Crunch has become commonplace in AAA and indie development, but it is often misunderstood, misrepresented and, more often than not, outright harmful to a game and the team developing it. This talk will explain the myths surrounding productivity and overtime in the indie games pipeline, illustrate how to avoid the common pitfalls and offer realistic strategies that can be used to keep your team healthy and your milestones on schedule.

Console Porting Indie Games with Network Support: Worth it?
James Parker, Ground Shatter

This talk aims to provide an understanding of the additional elements required to port games to console platforms. It’ll go into the knowledge you’ll need when trying to do network play with a micro-team, along with examples of who is currently doing this kind of work and what help is available.

How to Succeed and Where You’ll Fail: Money, Marketing, and Making a Mark
Chair: Joe Brammer, Bulkhead Interactive
Agostino Simonetta, ID@Xbox
Phil Elliott, Square Enix Collective
Gordon Van Dyke, Raw Fury Games
Howard Philpott, Bulkhead Interactive

This 30-minute panel will be discussing multiple avenues to success as an independent developer or studio, focusing on PC & Console. This panel will focus on the often forgotten parts of indie development; how to fund, market, and make a significant splash in the gaming community with your indie title. The speakers are interested in helping developers build sustainable and viable studios, audience members will have multiple opportunities to ask questions to the panel throughout the talk.

Alongside the expo, there are also a number of free-to-attend Indie BootCamp sessions.

Super Early Bird passes are available until 27 April, saving delegates up to 30% on a three day pass. Indie Dev Day passes cost just £90 if booked by this date.