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First speakers announced

The first set of speakers for the devcom developer conference has been revealed: between Craig Morrison (Design Manager at Blizzard, Irvine), Ivan Buchta (Creative Director at Bohemia Interactive, Prague) and Alexander Fernandez (CEO of Streamline Studios, Malaysia), numerous leading games industry voices from all over the world have confirmed their appearance. This has been announced today by Aruba Events, Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair) and BIU – the German games industry association, who are creating up the new industry meeting devcom. The first sessions at the devcom developer conference highlight its international focus and varied program. Its topics include virtual reality, mobile games and game design.

A quick overview:

Craig Morrison, Design Manager, Blizzard: The Power of Us – Ten rules for forging genuine creative collaboration
Craig Morrison, a lecturer and experienced MMO-designer working with Blizzard, will lay out clear rules for effective collaboration in small or large creative teams.

Alexander Fernandez, CEO, Streamline Studios: The evolution of game development into Co-Development
Alex Fernandez, an entrepreneur and expert on outsourcing, is going to examine the current development landscape, which requires close cooperation between developers, publishers and contractors.
Ivan Buchta, Creative Director, Bohemia Interactive: Geodata in Environments of Arma and DayZ
Ivan Buchta will explain Bohemia Interactive’s unique approach of using geodata and geoinformatics to create realistic environments for their games.

Karoliina Korppoo, Game Designer of Colossal Order and member of devcom’s Advisory Board, says: “The call to papers has been answered by nearly 250 people from all fields of the games industry. We have received wonderful suggestions for talks, panels and workshops. The board is already hard at work selecting the best possible speaker line-up for devcom.”


Glen Schofield, Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games and member of devcom’s Advisory Board, adds: “With the close integration with gamescom, the diversity of talks, panels and summits and the proven competence of the board I am sure that we’re looking forward to an exciting devcom in August.”

By |2017-07-06T10:41:12+00:00May 24th, 2017|Press Release, Uncategorized|

devcom Presents Members of Advisory Board

devcom today present the advisory board of the conference. Among the board members are hands-on developers, entrepreneurs, corporate officers and creatives from the cultural sector. They cover many areas of industry expertise and will be responsible for the conference programme and speaker selection.  Right now the board is hard at work selecting speakers and building the conference program from about 240 qualified lecture and panel entries. The devcoma dvisory board collectively aims to represent a diverse demographic cross-section of the game and digital media community. More members will join over the next months leading up to the event.

The members of the Advisory Board in alphabetical order:

  • Marco Accordi Rickards, President, Vigamus Academy (Italy)
  • Don Daglow, CEO, Daglow Entertainment (USA)
  • Phil Elliott, Director of Community & Indie Development, Square Enix (UK)
  • Alexander Fernandez, CEO, Streamline Studios (Singapur)
  • Matt Firor, President, ZeniMax Online Studios (USA)
  • Benedikt Grindel, Studio Manager, Blue Byte (Germany)
  • Rami Ismail, Director, Vlambeer (Netherlands)
  • Senta Jakobsen, CEO, Foxglove Studios (Sweden)
  • Karoliina Korppoo, Lead Designer, Colossal Order (Finland)
  • Emmi Kussikko, CMO, Reforged Studios (Finland)
  • Alen Ladavac, CTO, Croteam (Croatia)
  • Jörg Müller-Lietzkow, Dekan, University of Paderborn (Germany)
  • Michal Nowakowski, SVP Business Development, CD Projekt Red (Poland)
  • Arne Peters, Vice President Strategic Relations,  ESL – Turtle Entertainment (Germany)
  • Tom Putzki, Wargaming Europe Spokesperson, Wargaming.net (Germany)
  • Johannes Roth, CEO, Mimimi Productions (Germany)
  • Maria Martina Santoro, Managing Director, Okam Studios (Argentina)
  • Glen Schofield, CEO, Sledgehammer Games (USA)
  • Johan Sjoberg, CPO, Paradox Interactive (Sweden)
  • Tom  van Dam, Head of Mobile Game Development, NetEase (China)
  • Michael Zillmer, Co-Founder und COO, InnoGames (Germany)

Matt Firor

Matt Firor, President of Zenimax Online Studios, comments: “Devcom’s advisory board represents a strong international focus and a broad approach to conference content. I am very glad to be a part of this dynamic group and of this exciting project.

Alexander Fernandez, CEO of Streamline Studios, adds: “I’m honored to be a member of the advisory board for one of the most exciting games industry events of the

Alexander Fernandez

year. The sheer diversity of talks, panels, and summits combined with the experience of the board is sure to make devcom a must not miss event!”

New games industry forum devcom will take place alongside gamescom in Cologne for the first time this summer. From August 20 – 24, 2017 (Sunday to Thursday) devcom presents a stellar line-up of events including the devcom developer conference (Sunday to Monday), devcomsummits and new info exchange area, the devcom developer lounge, as well as the official gamescom keynotes.

Rounding off with indie conference RESPAWN, the devcom program features exciting content delivered in talks, workshops, keynotes and tutorials, across the spectrum of the games industry.


By |2017-07-06T10:43:51+00:00May 24th, 2017|Press Release, Uncategorized|

Call for papers submission deadline extended until May 12

In line with our remit to provide top-quality games industry business content, we have extended the call for papers submission deadline for devcom to May 12. We would like to invite you, as industry experts and insiders, to submit your ideas, topics and other suggestions to be considered for devcom 2017.

Previously unpublished talks, panels, case studies and presentations may be submitted up to May 12, 2017. The focus will be on Virtual Reality, Mobile Games, Business and Production. Other topics may include but are not limited to:


By |2017-06-08T09:30:38+00:00May 24th, 2017|Press Release, Uncategorized|

devcom: Ticket sale has started!

Tickets for the new premium business forum devcom are available online now via https://devcom2017.eventbrite.de. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are on offer at 15% discount until  May 31, 2017 – first come, first served!

Brand-new games industry forum devcom will take place alongside gamescom in Cologne for the first time this summer. From August 20 – 24, 2017 (Sunday to Thursday) devcom presents a stellar line-up of events including the devcom developer conference, devcom summits and new info exchange area, the devcom developer lounge, as well as the official gamescom keynotes. Rounding off with indie conference RESPAWN, the devcom program features exciting content delivered in talks, workshops, keynotes and tutorials, across the spectrum of the games industry.

Interested in finding out about best practices, the latest trends, doing business more efficiently or growing your network? devcom is where it will be happening.

By |2017-06-08T09:31:27+00:00May 24th, 2017|Press Release, Uncategorized|