Games Industry Events in 2020

January 2020

PAX South 2020

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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (San Antonio, TX)

PAX South 2020 is the sixth annual celebration of gaming and pop culture. Tens of thousands of families and friends, both locals and travelers from around the world, converge in San Antonio to play hundreds of the most anticipated upcoming games from the biggest names in gaming, local rising-star developers, as well as creators from across the globe. The all-ages convention brings together fan-favorite YouTube stars and the biggest names in game development for live gaming competitions, entertaining panels, concerts and other fun events. Attendees can enter giveaways and meet the makers of their favorite games face-to-face.

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White Nights Conference

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RAI Amsterdam

The next White Nights Conference will take place in Amsterdam! The main reason to attend the event is an opportunity to meet decision-makers face-to-face. Around 1,500 game industry professionals - developers, publishers, investors, representatives of platforms and services - will get together in Amsterdam. The conference features Developer Exhibition, Publisher Pavilion, Deconstruction Workshop, three tracks of lectures, three networking events including the main all-night-long party and many more!

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DreamHack Leipzig 2020

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Leipzig Messe-Allee 1

DreamHack Leipzig is a three-day gaming festival where you can enjoy professional eSports tournaments. It is where one discovers the latest hardware and software at DreamExpo and at the DreamStore. It also throws Germany's biggest LAN party with Cosplay, Casemodding and game scene influencers.

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Vive Developer Jam

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St James Hatcham building, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom

Join us for the upcoming HTC Vive Developer Jam in London, a weekend developer event to experiment and create the next generation of XR applications. Using the latest in VIVE hardware, including forward-thinking SDKs like Eye/Lip and Hand tracking, we challenge you to redefine how people interpret and interact with Virtual Reality. Whether you want to build a game, art experiment or enterprise prototype, we'll have all the workshops, mentors and space you need to do something extraordinary.

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Interactive Futures 2020

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

A two-day conference that will also showcase the talent, culture and career opportunities within the Leamington Games Hub. This year, an Indie Investment Forum has been added to the event.

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February 2020

Yorkshire Games Festival

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https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-games-festival, United Kingdom

A five-day extravaganza celebrating games culture, design and production, with special guests, workshops, master classes, and a fun-packed weekend for gamers of all ages. The programme includes Game Talks for students and professionals, the Let's Play! family weekend, and the Young Developers Conference for aspiring game makers. This year's Game Talks programme includes speakers from Team17, The British Esports Association, Rare, Sumo Digital, nDreams, Coatsink and Bithell Games.

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Taipei Game Show 2020

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TaiNEX, Hall 1, Taipei City, Taiwan

Description: Taipei Game Show, founded in 2003, has now growing into the leading gaming fair in Asia-Pacific region. Being the only game show in Taiwan with the perfectly tailored B2B and B2C sections in it, Taipei Game Show attracted over 320,000+ public visitors and 2,400+ business visitors from 20+ various countries around the globe in 2019.

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Ukie Hub Crawl: Raising Your Profile

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Various

The Hub Crawl is back! Come and join fellow games developers and publishers and identify new opportunities and strategies to support the growth of your business. This year's Hub Crawl will focus on educating local businesses on how to raise the profile of their games business and games. This will consist of a series of free events, located all around the UK, bringing games businesses together to learn about marketing, PR, community management, IP, along with products and services that can help enhance their own products. Here are the stops on this year's tour: Feb 6 -- Dundee Feb 12 -- Brighton Feb 13 -- Manchester Feb 19 -- Cardiff Feb 20 -- Southampton Feb 24 -- Cambridge Feb 26 -- Liverpool Feb 27 -- Bristol Mar 3 -- London Mar 5 -- Belfast Mar 6 -- Sheffield Mar 10 -- Edinburgh Mar 11 -- Guildford Mar 12 -- Newcastle

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D.I.C.E. Summit 2020

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Participate in roundtables; network with industry VIPs in intimate events; hear from a stellar lineup and experience brand new networking events. The Summit will be followed by the 23rd annual D.I.C.E. Awards, recognizing excellence among peers currently working in games. Every year the D.I.C.E. Awards bestows honors for particular areas of craft and genre-defining categories in games.

M+Dev 2020

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Madison, Wisconsin

M+DEV is a video game development conference for professional game developers and those seeking to become professional game developers. This conference provides a gathering place for game developers in the state, the region and beyond to discuss and share the latest information on the science, art, mechanics and business of making games.

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Gamethon Expo 2020

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New Delhi, India

Gamethon Expo 2020 will be first of its kind gaming gala in India involving the entire gaming eco system. A place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location. The expo is aimed at creating an excellent platform for all stakeholders in the Indian and international gaming market to showcase new trends and technologies in the gaming sector.

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GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit @ PAX East 2020

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Aloft Boston Hotel Seaport District, Boston, United States

The GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit is celebrating its tenth year, and this is a real opportunity for you to get your game funded -- small-to-medium-sized games companies can discover more about games investment and access to finance in the morning talks, and then meet and pitch to investors, publishers and platform-holders in the afternoon session of the event. At last year's Investment Summit in Boston, there were more than 250 formal meetings between investors and games developers, with numerous successful signings/funding from publishers and investors.

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PAX East 2020

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Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston

PAX East 2020 will welcome more than 100,000 of Bostonians and people from all over the world to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for the annual celebration of games. PAX East will host hundreds of the most anticipated unreleased games, available for hands-on demos. The convention brings together fan-favorite YouTube stars and the biggest names in game development for live competitions, entertaining panels, concerts and other industry events.

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March 2020

Games | Drinks | Scotland

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Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

Free events for those actively working in/around the Scottish games industry, consisting of a series of ten-minute talks followed by general networking and drinks to encourage collaboration and communication between local developers. Nine speakers each talk for ten minutes on a wide range of interesting topics, with networking breaks after every three speakers.

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Dutch Game Garden Network Lunch

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Jaarbeursplein 6 (Beatrixgebouw, 5th floor), 3521 AL Utrecht

Every first Wednesday of the month, we host our Network Lunch. From 12:00 to 14:00, you are invited to join us for an afternoon of networking. Meet the inspiring individuals of the games industry and connect with creative professionals, teachers, project leaders, future interns, and potential clients! Many visitors to our event go home with a new job, client, internship, or the inspiration for a new project. And if you haven?t had the time to talk to every inspiring individual present, then we still have our follow-up list. Participation is free, just sign up with the form on the site!

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European Game Showcase at GDC

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GDC, San Francisco, United States

The European Game Showcase at GDC is a pro-bono event where 30+ European developers showcase their newest games to press, publishers and strategic partners. It?s an invite only event aimed to help developers and their showcased project in taking the next steps towards success.

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Underground QA Conference 2020

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San Francisco, California, United States

The Underground Game QA Conference aims to fill a gap in the roster of presentations typically found at game conferences. Founded out of a desire to improve QA talk availability, the conference aims to empower QA Professionals to share knowledge and level up their skills. Attendees will participate in a series of workshops and roundtables focused on crafting better test plans and building great teams lead by experienced QA Professionals from across the video game industry. The conference will be available live on Twitch for those who can't attend in person as well as archived on YouTube.

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April 2020

Side Quest 2020

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UK

Side Quest is a free, live-streamed event aimed at 14-21-year-olds looking to join the games industry, focussing on the hugely varied range of job roles the sector offers, attendees will hear with career stories, watch game design masterclasses and get pro tips from a range of UK games studios including, Outplay, Playground Games, Media Molecule and Studio Gobo. Side Quest is organised by Into Games, Access Creative colleges and UKIE.

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Nordic Game Jam 2020

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Nordic Game Jam is a game festival: two days of talks and an unforgettable jam weekend with 500 other game developers from all over the world. Join us for 48 hours of experimenting, coding, drawing and playing in Copenhagen!

WN Hub

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Online

WN Hub is a communication platform for the game industry designed to help companies reach their business goals online: learn about other players on the market, hold meetings, strengthen existing and establish new partnerships, exchange news and knowledge. WN Hub features personal and group online meetings, game showcase to connect developers and publishers, panel discussions and sessions, interactive expo zone and more. WN Hub goes live on April 22, gathering over 2,000 industry professionals from over 1,000 companies such as Playrix, MyTona, Square Enix, SuperSonic, Larian Studios, ZeptoLab and more. Registration is open on the website, and it's free!

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LudoNarraCon 2020

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Online

Organized by Fellow Traveller, an independent games label focused on innovative narrative games, LudoNarraCon is a pioneering event, replicating many of the aspects of conventions like PAX or EGX but through a digital format and hosted on the Steam platform. The 2020 festival will run from April 24-27 and will feature exhibiting games including Telling Lies, Eliza, Heaven’s Vault, Boyfriend Dungeon, Paradise Killer and Genesis Noir.

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White Nights Barcelona CEO Summit 2020

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Hotel Miramar Barcelona, Pl. Carlos Ibanez 3, 08038, Barcelona, Spain

It's a unique collaborative exchange for C-level executives of the finest companies that are involved in game development, publishing and marketing. The program differs from regular White Nights Conferences. We believe that each CEO Summit participant has valuable experience and insights to share. Therefore, we feel there is no need to have traditional lectures and panels from experts in the environment where everyone's an expert. The agenda includes pre-party, roundtable discussions, a golf game in one of the most privileged golf clubs in Barcelona and more. Get ready for the ultimate networking!

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GamesBeat Summit 2020

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Online

VentureBeat is excited to announce the first digital GamesBeat Summit 2020. Hosted by Dean Takahashi of GamesBeat, join gaming industry leaders and executives as we explore the The Dawn of a New Generation. Join us as we talk about how companies can best navigate these transitions to new machines, new markets, and new business models.

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Ukie Hub Crawl: Raising Your Profile -- Online Edition

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Online

This is the final inclusion in the Ukie Hub Crawl: Raising Your Profile series. Due to the current circumstances we couldn't visit the final couple of tour locations. As such, we have created this online event to help reach those who missed out on attending. Tune into this edition of the Hub Crawl to learn about marketing, PR, community management, IP, along with products and services that can help enhance their own products.

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May 2020

Latam Industry -- Videogames edition

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Online

ONLINE MEETINGS & FREE OPEN TALKS GOOGLE / NINTENDO / PIXOWL / PLAYSTATION / SEGA / TIK TOK / X BOX / CARTOON NETWORK / THQ NORDIK / UNITY / UNREAL ENGINE / YODO 1 BANDAI NAMCO / BOOMBIT / TAMALAKI / TEAM17 / 2 AWESOME /11 BIT SKYBOUND

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Tencent Industry Insights Conference

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Online

Join the first interactive Industry Insights event, jointly organized by Tencent Cloud, Gameye, and Tencent Games. Coming up with a great idea and turning it into a playable game are just two steps in the lifecycle of every game. There are many more challenges such as funding, publishing, marketing, and deployment. In the first version of our new Industry Insights series, we invited industry veterans and experts from Supercell, Servers.com, Splash Damage, Kunlun, Makers Fund, Huya, R8 Games, and others to share their experience in publishing Multiplayer Games globally.

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Interface 9

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Online

Interface 9 is an online event by, and for, the games industry. Featuring nine industry speakers talking for just ten minutes each to create a varied and interesting event. This is a free event, intended for anyone working in/around the games industry, but open to anyone. Fundraising on the night will be for Scottish NHS charities; for every pound donated you get assigned a raffle number with which you could win any of the prizes up for grabs donated by a number of generous developers and publishers.

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USC Games Expo

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Online

An exhibition of the year's most innovative games & interactive projects from across USC's campus presented by Jam City.

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European Games BizDev Gathering

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Online

The main goal of EGBG is to get all interested European game developers in front of as many as possible publishers and investors from all over the world, to get them an opportunity to pitch their games, and get them funded or find the best possible publishing partner for their projects in development! As the world is currently in global turmoil and in almost complete lockdown, EGDF wants to support its European developer community and help as many game development studios as possible. If we manage to save at least one studio with this effort, we have done a lot.

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Arctic Game Week

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Skellefteå, Sweden

Arctic Game Week is an annually recurring week of game related activities in several municipalities in the north of Sweden. It is a gathering for those that work in the games industry, are planning to be a part of the industry, or as a consumer of games and related culture. Arctic Game Week consists of Arctic Game Conference, Fantastic Conference, White Reindeer Awards and the game event Nordsken.

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Gamebreak

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Online

The virtual conference Gamebreak, developed by the Finnish game industry actives for a global audience, will be held online on 18-20 May 2020. The event will have six different tracks, three of which will be streamed free, while the additional three tracks will be available to ticket holders. All of the talks can be followed as video streams. The audience can engage in conversation with other visitors and the speaker while watching the video streams. Separate online appointments are also easy to arrange. The six tracks of the event are game marketing, working remotely, multi-platform gaming, global gaming culture, game publishing, and finally a track organized by IGDA Finland with other partners. The exact program will be available on the conference website in the coming days. The speakers include Robert Bäckström from RawFury, Natasha Skult from MiTale, Jani Penttinen from Utopos Games, Douglas Ogeto from LudiqueWorks, Felicia Prehn from 10th Muse and Nopia, John Wolff from Kaimon International and Bryan Ogden from Malta.

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LA Games Conference 2020

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Online

This 3 day online conference is the first of a new complementary series to Digital Media Wire’s live events – a new venture in serving our community and sharing ideas.

Navigating the Now: Preparing for the new normal

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Online

Ukie will be hosting Navigating the Now, an event aimed at delivering insights to help businesses prepare now for future success. This will consist of a series of informative talks from industry professionals, along with the Ukie Game Showcase, aimed at providing UK games studios with the opportunity to showcase their work to publishers, investors and the press.

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Nordic Game Conference Online

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Online

Nordic Game is very pleased to announce the debut of our online conference format for NG20 on 27-29 May. NG20 online will feature three exciting days of exclusive streamed content, social events, competitions and networking activities for NG20 pass holders on our new Nordic Game Discord server, as well as unlimited access to online meeting scheduling and integrated video conferencing via MeetToMatch.

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GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit Online

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Online

The Investment Summit is FREE for games developers, publishers, platform-holders and investors. There is a paid ticket for service companies to access the event. Each ticket gives you access to the Investment Summit meeting system (run by MeetToMatch), all the talks, and the GamesIndustry.quiz event. The objective is the same: to get your game funded. Featuring games studios, publishers and investors from Australia, US, Europe and around the globe, the event includes access to the live talks (all of which will be recorded so you can access them at your convenience throughout the day) and the chance to apply for and secure one-to-one meetings via our online meeting system with publishers, platform-holders and investors. At last year's Investment Summits, there were more than 1000 formal meetings between investors and games developers. All ticket-holders can also take part in the GamesIndustry.quiz, a fun online live quiz delivered by our resident quiz master, James Batchelor.

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June 2020

Game Connection Asia 2020

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Xi’An, China

Requested by popular demand for many years, Game Connection is heading to Asia to bring its proven format to the beautiful and historical city of Xi’An in China. Expect to meet business decision makers from all around the world, see sessions given by international industry leaders, explore an indie zone where more than 60 indie developers will showcase their projects, and enjoy various networking event: cocktails, parties and cultural tours.

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Freeplay Digital Festival: Belonging

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Online

Freeplay is the world’s longest-running independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots artists and game makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 16 years, Freeplay has been exploring the vital margins of independent, alternative, and experimental games culture. The festival continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice. Join us in June 2020 for a 5-day digital festival filled with online talks, panels, workshops, and more!

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DGC Live

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Online

Digital Games conference Dubai, returns in June for its forth edition with its “DGC Live” online event. DGC is the knowledge and business gateway for the Middle East & Africa region games industry and ecosystem. DGC Live will be Hosted from 21 to 23 June and broadcast live from DGC website www.dgcgames.com for 12 hours each day from our studios in Dubai, and with direct feed from the rest of the world.

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BIG Digital

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Online

Brazil's Independent Game Festival (BIG Festival), the largest independent games festival in Latin America, announces today that due to Convid-19 pandemic concerns, the conference will, for the first time, take place completely online. BIG Digital Edition 2020 will take place for five days starting on June 22 and continue through June 26, and invites developers, publishers, buyers, and international investors to attend free lectures and book conference meetings online.

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Serious Play Conference 2020

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Online

Registered attendees will be able to choose topics from six different tracks or “channels” featuring the use of gamification in in government/military training, corporate or nonprofit environments, healthcare or education. Technical hosts will help them set up their link and navigate between all channels, choosing the speakers they most want to hear. The entire conference, featuring more than 100 sessions, will also be recorded.

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Gamelab Live

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Online

With a brand-new name, the conference is shifting to a digital format to reflect the current global situation and allow access to participants from all over the world. The new format, which is perfectly suited to the digital entertainment industry, allows the organisers to maintain their dedication and support for the sector. The International Games and Interactive Entertainment Conference, which has been held in Barcelona since 2011, will offer a packed programme of online presentations, seminars, workshops, master classes and discussions featuring world-renowned speakers, just as it has done in previous years.

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New Game+ Expo

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Online

New Game+ Expo (NGPX) is an online showcase of new games from publishers and developers around the world, featuring an assortment of titles from action to puzzle-solving to storytelling. Participating publishers at NGPX include: Sega of America, NIS America, Tecmo Koei America, Spike Chunsoft INT, Idea Factory INT, AKSYS, Natsume USA, Arc System Works USA, Gungho Online Entertainment America, SNK, AGM, Actil, WayForward, Inti Create. Watch June 23 exclusively on Twitch.

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White Nights St. Petersburg 2020

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Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, Pavilion 7, Bolshoy pr. V.O. 103, 199106, St. Petersburg, Russia

This summer game industry professionals from all over the world will gather in the cultural capital of Russia. Around 2,000 game industry professionals and the best speakers will get together in St. Petersburg to discuss the latest news, share insights and experiences, meet new partners and hang out with old friends. Appodeal (Stack company), OK.ru, Xsolla, TikTok, VK, BlueStacks, Playrix, Snapchat, Unreal Engine, Unity, Azur Games, Braavo Capital and many other companies have already confirmed their participation. The program includes Developer Exhibition, Publisher Pavilion, hot panel discussions and keynotes, networking events including the main all-night-long party and many more.

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INDIGO 2020

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Utrecht, Netherlands

INDIGO is the largest game business and showcase event in the Netherlands. Organized annually by Dutch Game Garden, INDIGO brings together the game industry from the Netherlands and beyond. We believe that INDIGO is pretty unique: It?s a platform for developers, publishers, investors, press and other interested parties to connect, and create new opportunities together. INDIGO has the perfect atmosphere to encourage business relationships and inspire future projects!

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July 2020

Ludicious Zurich Game Festival 2020

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Online

A few weeks back we still dared to hope that by July, we can meet each other again at #Ludicious20. But as we know now, the current circumstances don’t allow us to host a physical event for a while. So we retreated to our virtual mountains and mulled over ideas on how to make Ludicious 2020 happen anyhow… It’s time to share them with you: We’re super excited to announce that instead of cancelling this year's festival edition, we’ll be seeing you ONLINE for the first ever edition of Ludicious X. We’ll transform our festival to a digital event which focuses on quality conversations & connections, providing food for thought, hearts and minds. That way you won’t have to miss out on meeting up with us and everyone in the #LudiciousCommunity. In short: Ludicious is where creativity, technology and commercial potential come together.

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Games Jobs Live Scotland

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Online

A livestreamed event that's free and open to anyone, whether they already work in the industry, or have recently graduated and are looking to join. Featuring short presentations from a number of Scottish studios with current open vacancies, and a dedicated chat channel for anyone to follow up with specific questions for any of the studios.

Blockchain Gaming - State of the Industry

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Online

This event brings together top blockchain innovators and industry experts to share their insights on the current state of the industry in 2020 and their views on the future. Speaker lineup includes Yat Siu (Animoca Brands), Sebastien Borget (The Sandbox), Denny Wang (Darwinia), Mo Dong (Celer Network), and Marco Bahn (GameDAO). Who should attend: If you are a business professional, engineer, or just have general interests in breaking into the ecosystem this will be the right event for you.

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Ubisoft Forward 2020

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Online

With physical gaming shows around the world postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ubisoft will be hosting its first digital conference, called Ubisoft Forward, on July 12. Get ready for an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game news, exciting reveals, and much more.

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Unreal Fest Online

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Online

Covering five content tracks with over 50 sessions (including live Q&A), and an attendee lounge for networking, the packed event caters to creators of all levels across games, media and entertainment, automotive, architecture/AEC, and other fields.

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Games Jobs Live: Game Republic

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Online

A livestreamed event that's free and open to anyone, whether they already work in the industry, or have recently graduated and are looking to join. Organised in collaboration with Game Republic, the event will feature short presentations from a number of studios in the North of England with current open vacancies, and a dedicated chat channel for anyone to follow up with specific questions for any of the studios.

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A MAZE. / Berlin 2021 -- Hyper Hybrid

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Berlin and Digital, Germany

Hyper Hybrid ! We invite you to celebrate with you our first 10 years anniversary editon. Online, virtual and physical. We are very excited creating a full intense experience festival package for games and immersive art creators and lovers from around the world. #AMaze2021 A MAZE. is the most impactful games and playful media festival introducing the rise of Arthouse Games and New Wave of Playing. Featuring talks, masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions, marketplace, music and more.

A MAZE. / Berlin 2020

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Berlin, Germany

A MAZE. is an inclusive, forward thinking place where the present is lived and the future is prepared. A future where you play and interact with art and people on a meaningful and respectful level. A MAZE. mixes all amazing and positive ingredients together: flame throwers, masterclasses, delighting talks, hands-on workshops, #hypertalks, dream space, live concerts, DJ sets, performances, human craziness, playful intelligence, beautiful minds, arthouse games, immersive art, playful media, and interactive installations.

Games Jobs Live: North West

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Online

A livestreamed event that's free and open to anyone, whether they already work in the industry, or have recently graduated and are looking to join. The event will feature short presentations from a number of prestigious studios in the North East with current open vacancies such as Cloud Imperium, Team 17, Avalanche, Lucid, and more, plus a dedicated chat channel for anyone to follow up with specific questions for any of the companies.

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Xbox Games Showcase

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Online

Xbox Games Showcase will be covering the latest and greatest coming out from the Xbox team.

August 2020

GDC Summer

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Online

While we very much look forward to meeting again in person as soon as possible, we are moving forward with a plan to transform GDC Summer into an all-digital event, in order to best serve our community. As so many game developers embrace remote working arrangements and online collaboration, we're inspired to adapt and deliver GDC in a digital format that will be available to everyone with an internet connection, and will work hard to deliver the high-quality content and networking opportunities GDC attendees have come to expect. We believe in the power of gathering our community to share, inspire, and strengthen our industry and are committed to providing that opportunity in August. We look forward to sharing more information about GDC Summer soon.

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The Indie Game Business Online Conference

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Online

The San Francisco Summer Edition brings a stellar Keynote and conference line-up, and the world's best publishers, investors, marketing companies, and developers in one virtual location to meet and conduct business. Sessions, roundtables, AMA’s, and keynote presentations are free for all interested parties, and just require registration. Additional access to matchmaking services are available for $50 per ticket plus applicable fees.

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Play NYC

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Online

Founded in 2017, Play NYC is New York City’s premier game convention. It’s an annual celebration of games and the people behind them, featuring the latest from indie developers and larger studios from both the New York area and all around the world. For the first time, this year’s Play NYC will be online, free to attend, and a full week long. It’s our love letter to New York, from Playcrafting and beyond. Join us August 10th to 16th to celebrate the spirit of our city with games, talks, tournaments, and more. Games have the power to unite, inspire, educate, and heal. Especially now. We hope you can join us!

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GI Live: Changing Channels

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Online

Changing Channels returns for a second year, featuring talks from leading names across entertainment on how they work with video games. How do you find the next Witcher? Why aren't there James Bond games anymore? How can these various mediums work together in the future? Featuring speakers such as Star Wars writer Gary Whitta, Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky, games designer Sam Barlow, plus representatives from EA, Epic Games, TinyBuild, Outside Xbox and the BBC.

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Gamescom 2020

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Online

At the end of August the whole games world will be talking about gamescom and the latest games. Look forward to the best games, announcements, world premieres, events, Esport tournaments and special promotions. We will start with gamescom: Opening Night Live on August 27th followed by three packed days of program with all partners and new gamescom shows. You will then find all schedules, streams and information on the greatly expanded gamescom content hub on this website. This way you'll get every highlight! This means that gamescom 2020 is also for you: THE HEART OF GAMING!

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Indie Arena Booth Online 2020

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Online

With 185 titles from 51 countries, carefully curated by a jury of more than 40 national and international industry experts, Indie Arena Booth Online presents the world's largest and most varied selection of indie games, embedded in an entertaining online multiplayer event with an attractive live program. Every participating developer and publisher will be able to build their own booth thanks to an innovative and intuitive WYSIWYG booth editor by Super Crowd Entertainment. This will create a colourful and multi-faceted gaming world that is in no way inferior to the diversity and creative range of the physical Indie Arena Booth.

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September 2020

GamesEd 2020

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Online

The Games Education Summit will return this year in a virtual capacity. The UK-focused event will take place on September 8th and feature names from further and higher education, alongside leaders from studios, tech companies and recruiters, who will debate about how the games industry and education is tackling the threats and opportunities presented by COVID-19 and Brexit. Keynotes will be delivered by Aurore Dimopoulos, Head of Learn Content Production at Unity Technologies, Emma Smith from Creative Assembly and Mike Gamble from Epic Games.

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GI Live: Investment Summit Online - September

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Online

The GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit Online returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 to Thursday, September 10th 2020. The world's premier games investment event has previously taken place in Seattle, Boston and London, and now invites the entire world to take part in our virtual conference and meeting event. The Investment Summit is free for those looking to attend the talks, or $10 for games developers, publishers, platform holders and investors who also want access to our meeting system. The objective is the same: to get your game funded. In our event in May, more than 500 developers attended from 59 countries, alongside nearly 200 investors, publishers and platform holders. The two days of talks take place over different time zones, and all talks will be recorded and made available to re-watch immediately afterwards.

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PAX Online/EGX Digital

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Online

From the 12th - 20th September 2020, EGX Digital and PAX Online will be the huge online show that celebrates the very best in gaming for 9 days of jam-packed video game fun. You can expect to see many of your favourite features from the show, including landmark sessions with developers, panels, playable games; Let's Play content with some of the biggest names in gaming; competitive gaming; hundreds of indie titles, Meets and Greets and much more.

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Digital Dragons 2020

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Online

Digital Dragons today announced it will run this year’s conference as an all-digital event on the PINE platform from 15-18 September 2020. Originally scheduled for May, this four-day online celebration of gaming will feature speakers from the likes of Remedy, Gearbox and EA DICE, a comprehensive online meeting system via a dedicated app, as well as the annual Indie Showcase championing the cream of indie games development.

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GI Live: Best Places To Work Awards 2020

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Digital

The 2020 UK Best Places To Work Awards returns with talks that cover the biggest topics impacting the HR industry, including how to handle abuse accusations, COVID-19 strategies and the push for better diversity. The event is free of charge and presented by Amiqus. That's all followed by a 1-hour event ceremony that will reveal the best places to work in the UK games industry. To take part, email bestplaces@gamesindustry.biz

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2020 Game Devs of Color Expo Online

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Online

At 2020 Game Devs of Color Expo Online, new and experienced game developers will share, learn, and connect in unique ways. This year?s event will feature main presentations on game art, compelling game design, marketing, and sound design, within a private online conference space that supports conversations between attendees. Exclusive developer interviews and games will be available through its Steam showcase, "Gradient Convergence."

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Esports BAR Americas

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Esports BAR Miami, the world’s esports business arena, has changed its 2020 edition into a digital experience: Esports BAR+ Americas. The event includes: - A targeted networking platform to enable 1-to-1 business meetings. - Exclusive content and data - Access to online conferences on topics ranging from data, tech, monetisation, investment and sports’ interaction with esports. - Plus coverage of other markets

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MEGAMIGS 2020

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Online (based in Montreal, Canada), Canada

MEGAMIGS 2020 will be a very special edition with our online format and will be broadcast in two parts, on September 25-26 and November 12-13. September is all about the training and careers section. All this with live programming, a networking platform and a variety of activities. The event brings together hundreds of video game creators from around the world every year. Website https://megamigs.com/

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The Dark Star 001

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Online

Join Games industry investors Hiro Capital and their portfolio studios to learn about raising capital for growth. Aimed directly at Game studios that want to grow, you will hear from Hiro Partners about how and why to position your studio for VC investment and from entrepreneur founders of some of Hiro's exciting venture-backed studios on how they see the future.

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October 2020

One Special Night; fundraising for SpecialEffect

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Online

One Special Night is a free livestreamed event as part of the One Special Day campaign, hearing from the personalities behind some of our favourite games. Plus, it features an array of great prizes to be raffled on the night to raise money for SpecialEffect, the amazing charity that specialises in helping people with disabilities enjoy video games.

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Tokyo Sandbox

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Sandbox is a 6-year-old indie game show. Hosted in the center of Akihabara, it showcases 150 whackiest and creative Japanese indie games. The game show has stayed true to its roots and maintains a 100% indie rule, attracting both fans and game creators who love indies from all over Japan.

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Melbourne International Games Week 2020

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Melbourne, Australia

Connecting gamers, technology & culture, Melbourne International Games Week is Asia Pacific's largest digital games celebration and host to many of the industry's favorite events such as Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), PAX Aus, the Australian Game Developers’ Awards.

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GameSoundCon 2020

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Online

GameSoundCon is the industry's leading conference on game music and sound design, featuring over 100 speakers and panelists representing the top names in the industry. GameSoundCon covers the creative, business and technical challenges of game music, sound design and dialogue with 6 separate session tracks: - Game Audio Essentials Information every game audio professional should know - Game Audio PRO Advanced topics and tricks from the top studios - Audio for Virtual Reality (plus AR/MR) - Game Audio Research Cutting edge academic and industry research - Game Audio Studies - Game Audio Dialogue and VO This year in the spirit of the unprecedented times we are in, we are donating 80% all registration fees to a non-profit, Education Through Music - Los Angeles, which helps bring in-school music programs to low-income schools.

GCAP 2020

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Online

GCAP is one of the first official events of Melbourne International Games Week and as of 2020, is run by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) – the peak industry association representing the voice of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. GCAP 2020 is an industry-based conference focused on up-skilling the Australian game development industry via education, knowledge sharing and the provision of extended personal and business connections. Any proceeds generated are used for industry support, education and advocacy initiatives.

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Asian Game Audio Summit

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Singapore, Singapore

Tightly run one-day summit with workshops and networking for Game Audio folks from all over. Speakers this year include Gerard Marino (God of War 1,2,3), Mark Kilborn (Call of Duty), Brendon Williams (Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty WWII, League Of Legends), Zach Abramson (Just Cause 4) and more!

Reboot Develop Blue

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

The seventh edition of the boutique game developers conference Reboot Develop Blue will be taking place from 23rd to 25th of April 2020 in the legendary historical seaside city of Dubrovnik, also known as “real world King’s Landing ” from HBO TV series Game of Thrones. The conference will again take place at the luxurious conference resort – Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera hosting 175+ speakers during 3 days in 9 parallel tracks. While conference will retain its unique and boutique atmosphere plus high-end experience it will increase the attendance numbers to 2500+ games industry members from more than 1000+ companies (with attendee structure being completely worldwide with no focus on specific region/nation or even a continent anymore).

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Gamescom Asia

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Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

Gamescom Asia is the first satellite event of the world's largest computer and video games festival. As the premier platform for Asian game developers to explore partnerships globally, Gamescom Asia will act as a hub for international publishers who are looking for the next big thing in games. Over 30,000 visitors globally will be expected to gather in Singapore.

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EGLX 2020

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Toronto, Canada

Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) has flourished from humble beginnings as casual gatherings in local bars to Canada?s largest video game expo, uniting 30,000 gamers in 2019. EGLX brings together gamers, creators, and developers for 3 days of non-stop gaming excitement. A premiere Canadian esports destination, a hub for fan-favourite content creators, and a space for incredible unreleased games, EGLX truly has it all.

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GameIS 2020

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Wohl center, Israel

The 14th annual GameIS conference -- the prime event of the Israeli game development community. It is hosted by the Israeli game industry association and brings together 600 industry professionals specializing in various industry-related fields from home and abroad, with multiple sessions, panels, exhibition space, and business area.

Sweden Game Conference

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Online

Much has changed over the past year and so has Sweden Game Conference. Europe’s leading conference for students, startups and indie developers will go online this year on October 21-23. The focus of the conference is business, career and the craft of game development, where you get access to three days of talks, panels and workshops with speakers from all over the game industry, an expo and the official party.

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Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2020 Online

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Online

The Philippines' biggest gaming convention will be shifting to digital content show on 23-25th October 2020. Expect many great features that will focus on game and hardware showcase, guest interviews from the industry, and esport competition / exhibition throughout the 3 day online show.

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WN Fall'20

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Online

This fall the next major White Nights will rock the game industry. The show will virtually visit five cities - Seattle, Paris, Helsinki, Shanghai, and Moscow. Meet new partners, learn from leading experts, find perspective games from all over the world, talk to publishers and platforms' representatives. The WN Fall'20 gathers everyone for five days of networking and talks to be held by game industry stars! Dev Expo, chats, video calls, meetings 24/7, an updated virtual expo that features leading game industry companies, Media and Publishers Districts - all the online features of the WN Hub platform are awaiting you.

GamesIndustry.biz Live: Academy

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Discord

The GamesIndustry.biz Live: Academy will act as a digital career fair, giving students, graduates and anyone interested in games the opportunity to access industry talent and learn about a career in video games. Already more than 50 UK industry professionals will attend the event, and will host masterclasses, portfolio reviews and meet and greets. Creative Assembly is our partner for the show, and the Total War developer will be engaging with students and hosting masterclasses of their own. Other companies set to attend include Codemasters, Square Enix, Team17, BAFTA, UKIE, No More Robots, Unit 2 Games, Lucid Games, Futurlab and many many more. We will also have a surprise industry legend pop in at 3pm on each day to speak with students (including a well known writer, musician and game designer). Sign up for free now!

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XDS20 Adapt 2020

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Online

For its 8th year, XDS has adapted its format into a full virtual experience that brings together hundreds of professionals to advance the practice of external development for the games industry. XDS20 Adapt provides four days of expert content and structured networking. Attendees include Developers/Publishers and Service Providers from over 45 countries.

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Games Week Berlin

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Online

Gamesweekberlin is built on three main pillars: The PLAY X, the PRO X, and the ART X. All of these verticals address their unique target groups in an authentic and attractive manner. By doing so, the gamesweekberlin becomes a platform that connects a variety of events, including the game development & business conference QUO VADIS, the independent video games festival A MAZE. / Berlin (run by A MAZE.), the public playing event, Gamefest, the VIP Matchmaking Dinner, the Opening Breakfast and as special highlight the action program for more gender diversity in games: Womenize! Games and Tech.

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Middle East Games Con - Level 4

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UAE - Abu Dhabi ADNEC Exhibition Centre

Middle East Games Con is the regions go-to, industry-standard, gaming event. Since the conception of the event, it has increased participation from major AAA gaming publishers & pro gaming hardware brands, who use the show to get in front of a unique audience of affluent Arab consumers. Over the last three years, the event has been a stepping stone for international brands to explore a fast-growing gaming market. Meet distributors, wholesalers, regional industry heads whilst taking part in conferences, workshops, panels, and a large consumer floor space with B2C, B2B and B2G audiences over four days.

November 2020

Develop:Brighton 2020

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Brighton Hilton Metropole, Brighton, United Kingdom

Develop:Brighton has been bringing together the European Game Dev community from global superstars to micro indies - since 2006. Come and learn from your peers and share your experiences, hear from the industry’s leading lights, get up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and industry trends, plus network with over 2,000 game dev professionals.

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Develop:Star Awards 2020

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Brighton Hilton Metropole, Brighton, United Kingdom

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 15 July during the Develop:Brighton conference, the Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that will enable studios of every size to shine. These awards are all about the game dev community celebrating the creative excellence of the game devs behind the best games of the last 12 months.

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DevGAMM 2020

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Online

DevGAMM is hosting its first ever two week online conference in November. The event will highlight how industy had changed through the year. First week is focused on game development, while the second one is dedicated to networking and business. Online part will feature talks, workshops, feedback sessions, roundtables, virtual expos, showcases, game contest and more. The event takes place on the PINE platform.

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The Pulse: The Next-Gen Gaming Revolution

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Online

Join Epic Games for The Pulse: ‘The Next-Gen Gaming Revolution’ on November 11, where Brian Crecente and the developers of ‘Kine’ and ‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’ share their insights. Sign up now to join the live Q&A.

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GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit at MEGAMIGS

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Online

GamesIndustry.biz has teamed up with Canada’s MEGAMIGS to bring its hit Investment Summit series to the show. The digital event will take place on Thursday, November 11th and will feature a keynote with Chris Petrovic from Zynga, a panel featuring Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick, Michael Cheung from Makers Fund and Lindsey Rostal from Kowloon Bights. Following a breakout session, the show will conclude with a wrap-up and fireside chat with Cassia Curran of Wings. The event will also feature video-on-demand sessions from previous Investment Summits that GamesIndustry.biz has run, including our shows in September and May.

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Guildford Games Festival 2020

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Online

With two days of talks, panels, business matchmaking and career advice, the Digital Guildford Games Festival is designed to showcase, celebrate and strengthen the games-making expertise found within ‘The Hollywood of Games’. Building upon the success of 2019’s inaugural event, this year’s digital festival looks set to reach a record audience through online distribution, highlighting some of the UK’s most exciting creators, developers and publishers to the world!

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Game Industry Conference 2020

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Online

One of the biggest conferences in Europe now online ticketed as Pay What You Like! All online tickets to #GIC20 will be available as PWYL. This includes not only the online counterpart of the Developer Pass, granting access to all streamed knowledge but even the online counterpart of the Business Pass, allowing for business meetings in MeetToMatch. It's probably the first PWYL event, and definitely, the best ever offer for MeetToMatch. The option to pay 0 is not only available but even we do RECOMMEND it for everyone who needs support.

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Reuters Events XR USA 2020

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San Diego Mission Bay Resort, California, USA, United States

This event is a strategic summit and exhibition dedicated to uniting the brightest minds in immersive tech. This event will allow you to figure out where and how XR can benefit your business.

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Technically Games

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Online

Technically Games is a community-run event designed to sit alongside and augment the time honoured game development conferences already happening in Australia. We aim to provide a platform for all things technical in games: programming, art, security, and more. Our focus is in the craft of making games, from engines that make things run, the animation that breathes life into characters, and everything in between. We welcome your submissions on all things technical in games art, programming and security. Bring on the niche, the nerdy and the nifty- we want to hear about your work and your passions.

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December 2020

Africa Games Week Digital 2020

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Online

We are excited to be hosting game developers from across the African continent with industry experts from around the world - Meeting, Learning and Developing. AFRICA GAMES WEEK will happens over 2 days - 3rd & 4th December 2020 with talks taking place between 12:00 - 17:00 each day. TALKS - will be followed by a 15 min Q&A session with the presenter, where you will be able to ask questions and get deeper insight into their presentations. B2B Meetings - can be setup on the Virtual Platform with Developers and Game Industry Experts Nordic Game Discovery Contest - will happen on the 1st evening of the event (3rd December) AFRICA GAMES WEEK 2020 is FREE for all verified African Game Developers to attend with Internationals and Corporates tickets costing between $35-50

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The Game Awards

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New York, London, and Tokyo, United Kingdom

The annual awards show returns to celebrate the best in video games and esports

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Fun & Serious Games Festival

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Online

The tenth edition of the festival, taking into account the current health circumstances, has opted for the online format, and it will be a celebration of these ten years, with talks and interviews with some of the honorary winners and most important participants who have passed through the festival during the last decade, and thanks to the online format they will be accessible live from anywhere in the world. The event will appeal to a widely varied audience, from video game fans, who will be able to learn more about the creation of their favorite titles, to professionals, as well as video game design and creation students. The talks of these key names in the industry will be moments to learn, know and delve into the creative process and the business strategy of the great titans of the sector.

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The Stay at Home for GamesAid Comedy Night

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Online

We couldn't have a Stand Up for GamesAid this year - but the team behind it weren't going to be put off by a pesky virus! GamesAid Patron and stand up comic, Imran Yusuf, is teaming up with awesome improv crew, Shoot From The Hip, to bring you a 'Stay At Home Comedy Special', beamed right into your home. All proceeds will go to games industry charity GamesAid, which supports disadvantaged young people across the UK.

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Virtual Indie Game Expo 2020

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Join gamers, game developers, tabletop, VR developers, artists, and others at this unique ON-LINE event. See, play, make connections, and discuss games, art, VR, and more for systems such as SONY Playstation 5 (PS5), XBOX Series X (XBOXSeriesX), PC, Nintendo Switch, or others.