The day-long conference of half-hour sessions has been designed specifically for established independent studios, new start-ups, developers teetering on the brink of becoming an indie, freelance developers and students.
The content is being shaped by an advisory board with decades of experience (and success) in the games industry, and the sessions will give delegates a chance to hear – and share – experiences in developing games for emerging platforms such as XBLA, PSN, Steam, Facebook and iOS. They will also have access to valuable case study material from successful indie developers – big and small.
In addition, indies will get the opportunity to meet key industry figures and publishers at a special networking lunch.
The sessions will complement the brand new Indie Dev Showcase: a dedicated area within the Develop Expo (19-20 July) featuring exciting, new indie projects currently under development. The projects, as chosen by the Indie Dev Day judging panel, will be showcased to around 1,300 Develop in Brighton attendees.
“Over the last six years we’ve always worked hard to make sure that the Develop Conference is an all-inclusive event with content and networking opportunities that are relevant to all sectors of the European development community,” commented Andy Lane, managing director, Tandem Events.
“In recent years, the industry has seen a huge growth of indie developers and micro studios producing great games for mobile and online platforms. This trend is growing year on year, and so we feel the time is right to respond with dedicated content focused solely on the needs of the indie.”
“The Indie Dev Day at this year’s Develop is a fantastic idea. It’s great to see that this growing trend in the UK has been recognised and reflected in the content of the event. It’s a rare chance for the indie community to get together,” commented Sean Murray of Hello Games.