Games Industry Events in 2020
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ludicious Zurich Game Festival puts the spotlight on new games with a unique voice. We focus on a well curated conference program, an exceptional exhibition, and on matchmaking that is spot-on. At the festival game design, art and business meet on an international level, but in a Swiss way.
We love to create welcoming spaces, where veterans and newcomers exchange on eye level and everybody is in a positive mindset to help with next steps in game development, game business and game culture.
In short: Ludicious is where creativity, technology and commercial potential come together.
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.
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
For the 8th year in a row, XDS brings together 700+ professionals to advance the practice of external development for the games industry with three days of expert content and structured networking in Vancouver, Canada, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Attendees include Developers/Publishers and Service Providers from over 45 countries. Passes for XDS have sold out year over year due to high demand.
Digital Dragons is the leading game industry event in Central Europe. Each year it attracts over 1500 specialists, creators, and business representatives to Krakow. It offers two days of highly informative and inspirational lectures and the Indie Showcase: a prestigious award for independent game developers. The conference concludes with an award ceremony, the Digital Dragons Awards, which plays a critical role in building up prestige within the game industry.
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.
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
The White Nights Conference brings the game industry professionals to Moscow this fall. Game developers on all platforms, publishers, investors, media, representatives of platforms and game services - over 1,300 experts will get together in one place to pack months of meetings in two days.
80+ speakers, three networking events including the main all-night-long party and many more are waiting! The program will be revealed in September, but the Early-bird tickets are already available.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Reboot Develop Red 2020 will be taking place from 21st to 23rd of October 2020 in the breath-taking national park Banff, in beautiful Alberta, Canada. Banff is one of the iconic, nature resorts of the world under protection of UNESCO. The conference will take place at one of the most unique and luxurious venues that both Canada and North America have to offer – Fairmont Banff Springs conference resort.
In 2020, the second edition of the conference is being set to grow again and go again level higher than previous iteration, reconfirming its position as the most unique, premier and high-end games industry and game developers event in North America with expected 1000 international attendees while featuring 110+ speakers.
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.
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.
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.
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.