Next week is the start of GDC 2019, arguably the biggest gaming conference of the year. I thought it would be a good time to look at the year ahead and the other key global conferences taking place – including (IMHO) the pick of the bunch.
So before packing your bags, click through to read more on each event, and in order to maximize your time (and bank balance) take a look at our Guide to managing a busy Games Conference Season.
18th - GDC | San Francisco, CA
28th – PAX East | Boston, MA
2nd - London Games Festival | London, UK
2nd - EGX Rezzed | London UK
One of the leading events on the calendar particularly for Indie devs. Situated at the excellent Tobacco Docks venue, this is the smaller brother of EGX conference, showcasing playable pre-release games on both PC and console. There is also a chance to meet the development teams behind the games. With tickets under £20, it’s a brilliant conference for anyone that is looking to break into the industry as along with the opportunity to network with industry experts there is an excellent careers section.
8th - Games Week Berlin | Berlin, Germany
10th - Womenize! | Berlin, Germany
11th- Unreal Fest | Prague, Czech Republic
11th - Reboot Develop Blue 2019 | Dubrovnik, Croatia
Reboot Develop Blue has been the best conference that I have attended over the last 3 or 4 years, and the first conference that I book up every year. The organisation of this event is second to none, everything from the accommodation, speakers to the food and the parties it's all 10/10. The fact that it all takes place in sunny Dubrovnik is also a big plus. If you’re looking to network with people from regions that you may not have previously had the opportunity to meet e.g. central Europe, the Baltics, US and Asia, Reboot is the conference for as you.
30th - FMX 2019 | Stuttgart, Germany
13th - White Nights Barcelona | Barclona
22nd - Nordic Game Conference | Malmo, Sweden
27th - Digital Dragons | Krakow, Poland
11th - E3 2019 | Los Angeles, CA
19th - White Nights St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Russia
9th - Develop: Brighton | Brighton, UK
Over the last 10 years, Develop has become one of the leaning European conferences bringing together leaders’ in the games industry. The conferences take place at the relatively small venue of the Hilton Hotel in Brighton. The size of the venue has led to the conference being a must for studios decision makers to attend and meet peers. We’re definitely not at all biased because it’s just a short stroll along Brighton Beach for us!
Here’s our guide to the Best of Brighton, a Brightonians Guide to eating and drinking at Develop.
10th – Play@Develop | Brighton, UK
We have been running an event alongside develop for the last 5 years. Generally hosted in one of the bars on the seafront, it’s a great chance for attendees of Develop to unwind after the day's conference, network by the sea and raise some money for charity – namely Special Effect. Growing year by year we have been lucky enough to partner with Unity Studios, Creative Assembly and Good Catch studios on differing years. It is fast becoming one of the go-to events around the Develop conference and we look forward to continuing that this year.
Be sure to follow Play@Develop on Twitter for updates on this year's event.
20th - Gamescom 2019 | Cologne, Germany
The biggest B2B video games show in the world and the biggest consumer show on the planet. If you work in the games industry, you will be in attendance. The conference literally takes over Cologne with many of the pubs featuring gaming themed cocktails and selling games company merchandise behind the bar.
My tip for Gamescom – plan you event well and choose who and what are most important to meet and see, you simply can’t do it all over the 4 days.
But just in case you need a break from the ‘games crowd’ take a look at our guide to the city Gamescom: A local’s guide to Cologne which offers some great tips!
23rd – Trojan Horse is a Unicorn | Valetta, Malta
24th - Unite Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
16th - White Nights Moscow | Moscow, Russia
17th - EGX | London UK
17th - Game Industry Conference | Poznan, Poland
1st - EGX Berlin | Berlin, Germany
And there you have it! As I said it it's a busy conference season for those working in Games, and as much as we would love to attend them all, it’s impossible to be at every event on the calendar.
This year you'll be able to find me and my Skillsearch colleagues at Reboot, UnrealFest, EGX Rezzed, FMX, EGX, Gamescom, THU and Develop. If you are attending any of these events please do get in touch with me @GilesFenwick and hopefully, we can meet up for a drink and a chat.
And if you're not we'd love to hear which conferences you think are a must on the calendar, so feel free to drop us a line.
For up to date info on all these events and more as they are added follow my Games Events list on Twitter.