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PocketGamer.biz’s top Develop:Brighton 2017 session picks

PocketGamer.biz’s top Develop:Brighton 2017 session picks

UK games industry conference Develop:Brighton is just a couple weeks away – it takes place on July 11th to 13th in fact.

The event runs across three days and covers all aspects of game development such as design, art, audio, business and coding.

And as one of the biggest events on the UK games industry calendar, PocketGamer.biz will be there covering everything relevant for our readers.

We've already taken a look through the long list of speakers and sessions, and below have listed a few highlights from the worlds of mobile and VR, as well as some other key picks.

The hottest talks

This year’s event kicks off with an impressive keynote – Magic Leap’s Chief Game Wizard Graeme Devine. He’ll be peeking into the future of mixed reality and how it could change even the most ordinary everyday tasks.

Then there’s Cygames Director of Western Operations Dewi Tanner who will discuss how the publisher’s 2016 release Shadowverse is becoming an eSports hit in Japan, and what other developers can learn from its experience.

Rovio London Head of Studio Mark Sorrell will be hosting a session about practical shop design for games, as well as offering best practices when creating relationships with customers.

We Heart Dragons’ Leanne Bayley and Chorus Worldwide’s Shintaro Kanaoya will also be on hand to discuss their efforts launching a free-to-play indie game on mobile, while Space Ape’s Tony Yang will host a session entitled ‘Innovative thinking in mobile gaming with eSports and beyond’.

Other talks to look out for include John Romero’s session on ‘A life in games’, Brenda Romero’s talk entitled ‘Stay: How to not burn out and thrive in the game industry’, and a chat with famous game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi.

Big Indie Pitch

Away from the conference sessions, PocketGamer.biz is also bringing the Big Indie Pitch back to Brighton, in partnership with Amazon UK.

It’s a great chance for indie developers to get their games in front of journalists and key industry figures, all conducted in a quick speed-dating style format.

You can find more details about the Develop:Brighton conference over on the official website.


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