A two-day event to be held early next month in Liverpool promises to bring together some of the leading lights of the game development industry - both UK and global - for a largely business-focused conference.
The Game Production and Development Conference, or GPDC, focuses mainly on discussing the opportunities for game developers in the current climate, identifying new business possibilities and taking control of client relationships.
The first day of the conference will feature a keynote speech from the ever-interesting Seamus Blackley, whose talk at the Edinburgh International Games Festival last month was widely considered as the highlight of the event.
Other discussions throughout the day will feature Zeno Colaco (VP publisher and developer relations, SCEE), Mark Craddock (strategy manager EMEA, Xbox Live), Mike Gamble (THQ), Ivan Davies (Warthog) and Kevin Holloway (Kuju), while the final discussion of the day will be a debate on the future of the UK games industry featuring Jason Kingsley (Rebellion), Eric Hobbs (Bluebeck) and Fred Hasson (TIGA).
Day two of the conference will feature an in-depth discussion of the opportunities which exist in the mobile and interactive TV space, and both days of the conference will include a number of workshops - with the workshops on day one covering topics ranging from funding and tax credits to contracts and investor-ready grooming, while the second day's will include workshops on iTV, N-Gage games and Renderware.
The final event of the show will be a major open debate between "old hands and young turks" of the industry, discussing the changes in the industry over the past years and evaluating the successes of various games with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight. The panel for this debate will feature Jason Kingsley, Philip Oliver, Dino Dini, John Chasey, Marcus Potter and Jeremy Longley.
The event takes place on the 8th and 9th of October, and a two-day ticket costs Â£73. You can find out more information on the GPDC website.