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Develop:Brighton will be replaced by an online event

The UK dev conference was postponed until November, but the physical event has now been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Develop:Brighton has cancelled its live event for the second time this year, opting instead for a digital conference in early November.

Tandem Events, which runs the Develop conference, postponed this year's edition back in March, in the evident hope that the COVID-19 pandemic would ease and in-person events would be possible in 2020.

However, the company confirmed today that Develop:Brighton will be replaced by an online-only event on the same dates: November 2 to 4, 2020.

The first wave of speakers had been announced ahead of the postponement in March, but it is not clear which -- if any -- of that group will be transferred to Develop:Brighton Digital.

Tandem said it will announce further details in September.

Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events, said: "Due to the scale of Develop:Brighton it would be impossible to safely hold a physical event that would incorporate the conference, the expo, the Develop:Star Awards, and the numerous networking and social events which take place during the week."

The Develop:Star Awards will still take place, but they will be held in digital form on November 4.

Tandem said that Develop:Brighton will return as a physical event on July 13 to 15, 2021. All tickets purchased for Develop:Brighton 2020 are automatically rolled over to next year.

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Matthew Handrahan joined GamesIndustry in 2011, bringing long-form feature-writing experience to the team as well as a deep understanding of the video game development business. He previously spent more than five years at award-winning magazine gamesTM.