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November 2020

Develop:Star Awards 2020

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.

September 2020

GamesEd 2020

Two-day conference bridging the gap between games educators and the games industry returns in April with an inspiring line-up to explore much-needed solutions to deep-rooted problems

March 2020

Games | Drinks | Scotland

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.

January 2020

Interactive Futures

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.

October 2019

Game Accessibility Conference

GAconf is a one-day conference co-hosted by the IGDA’s game accessibility SIG, dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility

  • 21st October 2019
  • Plexal, London, United Kingdom
  • gaconf.com

Games | Drinks | Glasgow

A series of 10 minute talks followed by general networking / drinks to encourage collaboration and communication between local developers. The talks will be repeated in Edinburgh on Tuesday, November 5, and in Dundee on Thursday, November 7.

September 2019

Gayming Live

A week-long series of events in London that celebrates and explores the LGBTQ community

European Women In Games Conference

An open event for both men and women together with anyone looking to join the games industry together with those already working in games who wants to learn and network

May 2019

Casual Connect Europe

Join us in London on 28 - 30 May 2019 to explore how your creativity and business can merge to create beautiful games. Learn from over 100 leaders in established and emerging markets of the games industry – covering game design, esports, social casino, funding, next-generation technology and best practices.

April 2019

More Than Just A Game V

MTJG V is dedicated to the role that games and interactive entertainment play in society and their profound impact on human interactions and in our democracy. Leading international academics, practitioners, in-house counsel and industry experts will discuss how the rules of the games and the legal structures of the ‘real world’ interact with one another

  • 4th April 2019
  • One Birdcage Walk, London, United Kingdom
  • mtjg.co.uk/

London Games Festival

A city-wide celebration of video games, encompassing a myriad of events such as the LGF Hub, Now Play This and Ensemble exhibitions, Games Finance Markets and a games character cosplay parade

February 2019

Yorkshire Gaming Festival 2018

A five-day celebration of both video games and the local industry, with a series of expert talks and panels, a Let's Play showcase, and a young developers conference to inspire the next generation. The festival also includes the Up Your Game event, which is a two-day business matchmaking event.

Interactive Futures

New games festival exploring opportunities in the games industry with the support of local studios such as Playground Games, Ubisoft Leamington, Sega Hardlight.

January 2019

Academic Conference

Part of the new Interactive Futures festival, this one-day conference features 12 sessions targeting academics and researchers, plus school, college and university students

October 2018

BAFTA Games Lecture: Siobhan Reddy

An evening of insight from the studio director of Media Molecule, the UK developer behind LittleBigPlanet and the ambitious upcoming project Dreams

September 2018

Pixelnebriation 3

An afternoon of brief presentations and keynote speeches, followed by open floor discussion about how to make life in the industry better for those who work in it

ESI London 2018

ESI London is a three day esports business conference focused on building a bridge between expertise and interest while explaining the esports industry from the inside out. A full day of esports focused workshops covering topics such as how to build a brand and make content just like an esport endemic, league, event and team operations, the importance of PR in esports, legal and compliance and much more will cover just day one.

July 2018

Brains Eden 2018

Brains Eden is the UK's largest international student game jam, now in its tenth year. Teams of students have 48 hours to create a game from scratch, with industry internships awarded to the winners

  • 13th July 2018
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • brainseden.net/

GamesAid Charity Poker Tournament

The annual GamesAid Charity Poker Tournament at Develop:Brighton has been confirmed to take place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole from 8pm through to midnight on Tues 10th July. To guarantee one of 60 player places, just register your £50 donation/buy-in and name at the dedicated event Justgiving Page. The game is Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit. Re-buys and add-ons will be available on the night. There won’t be cash prizes available, but a number of other exciting prizes will be announced.

Unity Developer Day

The annual Unity Developer Day conference tour is coming to the UK for the first time ever — join in for a day of development talks, games, and more

May 2018

Games Media Brit List 2018

The Games Media Brit List recognises excellence in games reporting and commentary, celebrating journalists, podcasters, vloggers, media brands, and more in a who’s who of the UK games media talent pool. The winners will be announced in London on May 18.

April 2018

W.IN

London Games Festival’s networking event for women working in games, interactive and related creative industries. It is inclusive and welcoming to all but exclusively features female speakers and stories.

Games Finance Market

Three-day event bringing 60 start-ups, developers and other games companies together with investors and publishers. Part of the London Games Festival

ACCU 2018

ACCU 2018 takes place at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol, United Kingdom on 10th April 2018

HUB

A new two-day B2B event housing the London Games Festival’s summits, a demo zone for prototypes and start-ups, a pop-up coworking space and gallery.

Now Play This

Three-day games festival exploring the most experimental titles currently in development from around the world. Part of the London Games Festival

More Than Just A Game IV

Two-day conference focused on the impact of AI and other immersive tech on games as well as our culture, identities and freedoms. Organised by Queen Mary University of London's centre for commercial law studios

London Games Festival 2018

A myriad of events celebrating games culture held throughout the capital, alongside EGX Rezzed and the BAFTA awards

February 2018

VFX Festival 2018

Three-day celebration of games, animation and motion graphics designed to inspire games developers, filmmakers, animators and more

January 2018

Gamesforum London 2018

The rebranded Mobile Games Forum expands its remit to encompass more of the video games industry, inviting experts to share their insights via a six-track conference

Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018

Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018 takes place at the TBA in London, United Kingdom on 22nd January 2018

Games First London

Building on years of successful events in Helsinki, Supercell and Space Ape Games bring its indie developer gathering to London for the first time

December 2017

Gaming Utopia

Gaming Utopia takes place at the WeGeek in London, United Kingdom on 8th December 2017

Children's Global Media Summit

Yearly conference that tackles the importance of education, freedom and empowerment when it comes to how children interact with all forms of media.

  • 5th December 2017
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • cgms17.com/

London International Animation Festival

A ten-day series of events exploring every aspect of animation, including films, TV and video games

  • 1st December 2017
  • The Barbican, London, United Kingdom
  • liaf.org.uk/

November 2017

AdventureX 2017

AdventureX 2017 takes place at the TBA in London, United Kingdom on 11th November 2017

Yorkshire Games Festival 2017

Yorkshire Games Festival 2017 takes place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, United Kingdom on 8th November 2017

October 2017

Future Games Summit (FGS) 2017

Future Games Summit (FGS) 2017 takes place at the Congress Centre in London, United Kingdom on 31st October 2017

Play Expo 2017

Play Expo 2017 takes place at the EventCity in Manchester, United Kingdom on 15th October 2017

September 2017

Intelligent Games & Games Intelligence (IGGI) Games Research Centre Conference

Intelligent Games & Games Intelligence (IGGI) Games Research Centre Conference takes place at the University of York, Spring Lane Building in York, United Kingdom on 14th September 2017

  • 14th September 2017
  • University of York, Spring Lane Building, York, United Kingdom, Europe
  • 2017.iggi.org.uk/

Growth in the UK creative industries and priorities for the industrial strategy

Growth in the UK creative industries and priorities for the industrial strategy takes place at the TBA in London, United Kingdom on 7th September 2017

July 2017

4TG Game Con

4TG Game Con takes place at the AECC Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen, United Kingdom on 29th July 2017

  • 29th July 2017
  • AECC Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, Europe
  • 4thegamers.co.uk/

Women in Games' Mentoring Breakfast

Not-for-profit organisation Women in Games Jobs is partnering with Unity to host a mentoring breakfast during Develop:Brighton 2017. The event will introduce attendees to the support available from WIGJ’s on-going mentoring programme and the Unity Gurus. Ticket only, open to both women and men.

June 2017

Magellan Game Jam

Explore the Magellan Authoring Tool, a novel environment for designing and publishing location-based games on the Android platform and get a chance to compete for great Amazon Voucher prizes (£350 to the 1st runner-up, £100 to the 2nd and £50 to the 3rd) to be awarded to the most innovative games created during the event.

Jamchester 2017

Second annual game jam where teams of up to four developers have just one weekend to create a working video game prototype from scratch

AppsWorld Evolution

Apps World returns as part of London Tech Week's new festival of technology 'TechXLR8’ – showcasing a paradigm shift in the digital services industry. The event will showcase the very best of the changing industry, embracing the opportunities presented by the rise of digital services. It’s the chance for brands and developers to learn about the new opportunities presented by next generation apps, Chatbots and the mobile web.

May 2017

Norwich Gaming Festival 2017

Norwich Gaming Festival 2017 takes place at the The Forum in Norwich, United Kingdom on 22nd May 2017

Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games 2017

Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games 2017 takes place at the TBA in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom on 22nd May 2017

REVIVAL: The Rivals 2017

REVIVAL: The Rivals 2017 takes place at the Bank's Stadium in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom on 20th May 2017

April 2017

Escape Technology In Games

Escape Technology In Games takes place at the The Campus in Manchester, United Kingdom on 26th April 2017

Virtual Reality Show 2017

Virtual Reality Show 2017 takes place at the Business Design Centre in London, United Kingdom on 20th April 2017

Intel Buzz Workshop London 2017

Intel Buzz Workshop London 2017 takes place at the etc.venues in London, United Kingdom on 8th April 2017

Now Play This 2017

Now Play This 2017 takes place at the Somerset House in London, United Kingdom on 7th April 2017

  • 7th April 2017
  • Somerset House, London, United Kingdom, Europe
  • nowplaythis.net

Hit Play!UK

Hit Play!UK takes place at the TBA in London, United Kingdom on 6th April 2017

eSCon Europe 2017

eSCon Europe 2017 takes place at the TBA in London, United Kingdom on 5th April 2017

February 2017

Growing a Successful Games Studio

Growing a Successful Games Studio takes place at the Charles Russel in London, United Kingdom on 22nd February 2017

GEEK 2017

GEEK 2017 takes place at the Dreamland in Margate, United Kingdom on 17th February 2017

ICE Totally Gaming 2017

ICE Totally Gaming 2017 takes place at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom on 7th February 2017

open( London ) 2017

open( London ) 2017 takes place at the QEII Conference Rooms in London, United Kingdom on 2nd February 2017

January 2017

MGF London 2017

MGF London 2017 takes place at the QEII Centre in London, United Kingdom on 17th January 2017

  • 17th January 2017
  • QEII Centre, London, United Kingdom, Europe
  • mgflondon.com/

Pocket Gamer Connects 2017

Pocket Gamer Connects 2017 takes place at the The Brewery in London, United Kingdom on 16th January 2017

December 2016

GamePad

GamePad takes place at the Maker Wharf in London, United Kingdom on 10th December 2016

November 2016

International Roguelike Development Conference (IRDC) Europe 2016

International Roguelike Development Conference (IRDC) Europe 2016 takes place at the Init Lab in Nottingham, United Kingdom on 26th November 2016

Parallel Worlds: Designing Alternative Realities in Videogames

Parallel Worlds: Designing Alternative Realities in Videogames takes place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom on 25th November 2016

eSports Industry Awards 2016

eSports Industry Awards 2016 takes place at the The Brewery in London, United Kingdom on 21st November 2016

FantastiCon 2016

FantastiCon 2016 takes place at the Unknown in Hull, United Kingdom on 19th November 2016

AdventureX 2016

AdventureX 2016 takes place at the Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London in London, United Kingdom on 19th November 2016

  • 19th November 2016
  • Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom, Europe
  • adventurexpo.org/

WordPlay 2016

WordPlay 2016 takes place at the British Library in London, United Kingdom on 19th November 2016

Yorkshire Games Festival 2016

Yorkshire Games Festival 2016 takes place at the National Media Museum in Bradford, United Kingdom on 9th November 2016

Code Mesh 2016

Code Mesh 2016 takes place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London, United Kingdom on 2nd November 2016

  • 2nd November 2016
  • ILEC Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom, Europe
  • codemesh.io/

June 2016

How to Grow a Successful Games Business

Strategic advice for the long game!

Join us in Guildford on June 22nd to hear presentations from a mix of visiting and local studios who can offer tried and tested advice on what they believe are the winning formulas to build a great games studio.

As we know there are no shortcuts to success but our experts will talk across the main themes of giving yourself the best possible chance.

We will be looking at the foundations and operations of the business - Financial and legal insights. PR and Marketing tips. Publisher advice and hearing from developers who will share the highs and lows of their personal experiences.

March 2015

October 2014

Standup4GamesAid

GamesAid brings you a night of comedy hosted by Imran Yusuf, the man who took the UK comedy scene by storm after his debut in 2010. Joining him will be Mick Ferry, one of the UK’s most sought after comedians, having appeared in Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s Comedy Store, his fine brand of ‘lugubrious surrealism’ will not disappoint. The line up is not for the faint-hearted as TV veteran and Comedy Network headliner Rob Rouse will chime in with his famous ‘cheeky banter’, whilst the internationally acclaimed Malawian, Daliso Chaponda will bring his endearing and hilarious stage presence that has consistently tickled the international stage to this unmissable night. Jo Enright forms the final part of this stellar line-up, and with her fierce reputation as one of the UK’s finest comediennes, the night will surely not disappoint.

DrinkUp

Update Events will hold DrinkUp, a plug and play social mixer for over 200 game industry professionals and business service providers on Thursday 9th October from 7pm onwards. The event, which will be held at Shooters Sports Bar in The Printworks, is an opportunity for North West game developers to meet and share their games in a relaxed environment, while also making valuable new business connections.

September 2014

European Women in Games Conference

Come and join us, everyone is welcome! This is an open event for both men and women as well as anyone looking to join games industry or working in games who wants to learn and network.

August 2014

Nine Worlds GeekFest 2014

Nine Worlds will take place in London, UK, 8-10 August 2014. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

May 2014

LAUNCH Meet the Games Press

One of the best ways to generate interest in your latest product is to get media coverage about your game or games business. If utilised correctly, media coverage by respected media in the online and physical press can have a huge impact on your business.
This year, LAUNCH has added a Marketing thread to the line-up to address the overlap in skills, planning and relationship building that all studios need to master.

February 2014

Creative England presents: GamesLab

LAUNCH has partnered with Creative England to deliver its first GamesLab Social for the West Midlands; a night dedicated to showcasing the new investment and support programme for those in the Games Industry.

The Story 2014

The Story is a one-day conference about stories and story-telling, to be held at The Conway Hall, London, on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Story will be a celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible. We’re hoping to have stories that are written, spoken, played, described, enacted, whispered, projected, orchestrated, performed, printed – whatever form stories come in, we hope to have them here.

The Story is not about theories of stories, or making money from stories, but about the sheer visceral pleasure of telling a story. Whether it is in a game, a movie, a book, or a pub, we’ve all heard or told or been part of stories that have made us gasp, cry or just laugh.

GEEK Game Expo East Kent 2014

GEEK is an extravaganza of fun and games held annually.
The Winter Gardens in Margate will be filled with puzzles, tournaments, consoles and lots more. There will be a wide variety of computer games as well as lots to make and do.

  • 21st February 2014
  • The Winter Gardens, Margate, United Kingdom
  • geek2014.co.uk/

Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games 2014

Animex prides itself on being an inclusive event where people meet to be educated, inspired and entertained.

At Animex you can learn from the foremost in the field and get the chance to meet and discuss the state-of-the-art, see behind the scenes of the biggest hits, do business and have a great time at one of the premier games and animation events anywhere in the world.

Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing, bringing the world of computer games and animation to audiences of any level of expertise, regardless of background and prior knowledge.

ICE Totally Gaming 2014

ICE 2014 will be the biggest event in gaming occupying 55,000sqm and hosting all the world’s major manufacturers, innovators, and thought leaders. ICE embraces every gaming sector – casino, betting, bingo, lottery, online, mobile, social and street. ICE attracts all of the big names in gaming including Novomatic, IGT, Merkur, Gtech, Intralot, Amaya, Aristocrat, Bally, Playtech, Microgaming, SG Gaming, WMS Gaming and more as well as providing a platform for exciting new companies

January 2014

Mobile Games Forum (MGF) 2014

This dynamic and frenetic industry can create legends in moments and can cause upset and unrest in minutes. Android are gaining on iOS, GungHo is grossing $3.4 million a day in revenue with just one game and plans to topple Nintendo, and Zynga seems to be on shakier grounds than ever before, with reported declining revenues and falling active users across various titles

If you need to stay on top of this industry and be a game changer, then you need to be at:
30+ focused conference sessions, including panel debates and keynotes
30 + exhibitor stands in the arcade and expo area
11+ hours of networking and deal making opportunities

April 2013

The NUJ presents Game Over?

The video games industry is EXPLODING. But, as a journalist or a writer, can you still make money by writing about it? So many big-name magazines and Web sites have recently shuttered their doors and there are so many people wanting in and willing to work for free that it can sometimes seem impossible. Come and join some of the leading narrative writers, editors and journalists in the business to hear their opinions at this NUJ-sponsored event.

MCV Industry Excellence Awards 2013

The MCV Awards celebrate the commercial and creative successes made by the UK computer and video games industry across fields including retail, PR & marketing, publishing and distribution. Key accolades include New Game Brand, Game Campaign, Sales Triumph, and Games Publisher.

Conpulsion 2013

We’ll have some spy themed aspects to the convention as well as your usual flavour of gaming, from Roleplaying Game to LARP, Board Game to Wargame and CCG to Videogame. Not only those; there’ll be a selection of talks, quizzes and debates and most importantly our charity auction at the heart of the action. The spirit of Conpulsion, as well as fun and entertainment, is the desire to help others.

March 2013

Multiplay Insomnia Gaming Festival

The Insomnia Gaming Festival is a gaming event for all ages, where gamers and industry leaders alike come together to celebrate games in all their forms.

Held 3 times a year at the International Centre in Telford, insomnia is a fusion of gaming, exhibitions, tournaments & social gatherings resulting in a festival that really does have something for everyone!

PCR Awards 2013

Now in their sixth year, the PCR Awards celebrate the commercial and creative successes of the entire UK PC and tech channel – from independent retailers, through to distribution and blue chip hardware vendors.

BAFTA Games Awards

BAFTA is the leading independent charity supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image in the UK - from Film and Television to Videogames and Interactive Media.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

February 2013

The Story 2013

The Story is a one-day conference about stories and story-telling, to be held at The Conway Hall, London, on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Story will be a celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible. We’re hoping to have stories that are written, spoken, played, described, enacted, whispered, projected, orchestrated, performed, printed – whatever form stories come in, we hope to have them here.

The Story is not about theories of stories, or making money from stories, but about the sheer visceral pleasure of telling a story. Whether it is in a game, a movie, a book, or a pub, we’ve all heard or told or been part of stories that have made us gasp, cry or just laugh.

GEEK Game Expo East Kent 2013

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Following the overwhelming success of our pilot event in February 2012 we are delighted to announce that GEEK (Game Expo East Kent) will be back for 2013.

GEEK2013 will take place 21st - 24th February during Half Term at the Winter Gardens, Margate.

So if you don’t know what to do for that half term, you do now.

GEEK2013 is built around MEET-MAKE-PLAY

Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games 2013

Animex prides itself on being an inclusive event where people meet to be educated, inspired and entertained.

At Animex you can learn from the foremost in the field and get the chance to meet and discuss the state-of-the-art, see behind the scenes of the biggest hits, do business and have a great time at one of the premier games and animation events anywhere in the world.

Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing, bringing the world of computer games and animation to audiences of any level of expertise, regardless of background and prior knowledge.

Drop In and Play 2 - The Sequel

We are very pleased to be bringing you the second Drop in and Play event on February 10th at and in association with Dundee Contemporary Arts for the launch of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.

Virtual Community Summit

Now in our second year, VirComm is the UK’s first and only conference dedicated to Community Management.

Born out of the e-mint community, VirComm was created in response to the need to share community management resources, best practices, information and ideas in a face to face environment as well as through our online community.

VirComm is not your average conference. We are keen to maintain a relaxed atmosphere through engaged roundtables and panels – audience participation is key!

Audio For Games

Things are on track to make the AES49th Audio for Games conference in February 2013 a memorable foray into the art of realtime interactive sound.

October 2012

Game Dev North 7

A informal meet up for the game industry from AAA to indies, journos to freelancers, all welcome!

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