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Cory Barlog announced as keynote speaker

Cory Barlog, Creative Director of God of War, will speak at devcom 2018.

With Cory Barlog, another international star of the games industry will be featured as a keynote speaker at devcom 2018, which will take place in Cologne on August 19 and 20. SIE Santa Monica Studio‘s Creative Director is well known for his work on the God of War series, for which he was awarded the BAFTA Award, among others. In his keynote Barlog will give a very personal insight into the development of the latest game of the successful series. The audience can look forward to an emotional, rousing and motivating speech.

Organizer CMG Conferences has also announced a discount promotion. Everyone who orders a student-, conference- or business pass until June 10th, will receive a 20 percent discount. The ticket shop can be found here: https://devcom.global/order

Photo (c) SIE Santa Monica Studio

By |2018-06-01T08:18:14+00:00June 1st, 2018|Press Release, Uncategorized|

More keynote speakers announced

Jason VandenBerghe and Ethan Evans will be at the developer conference prior to gamescom.

Two additional keynote speakers have been announced for devcom 2018 today. Jason VandenBerghe (design director at ArenaNet, former creative director at Ubisoft Montréal) and Ethan Evans (SVP Twitch Prime, Trade & Developer Success at Amazon) will be part of the developer conference which takes place on August 19th and 20th in Cologne. They will be joined by Garry Schyman (game composer, e.g. Bioshock series).

As design director at ArenaNet and former creative director at Ubisoft Montréal (e.g. For Honor), Jason VandenBerghe is an absolute game design expert. In his keynote, he will offer an exciting peek behind-the-scenes of AAA projects and will feature what to expect when working with leading publishers.

Ethan Evans, SVP of Twitch Prime who is in charge of trade and developer success at Amazon, will cover all questions around the successful streaming platform in his keynote ”Twitch: Money, reach, and new communities for your game”.

Another highlight will be Garry Schyman’s Q&A-Workshop. The talented composer is responsible for soundtracks of games like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor or Dante’s Inferno. He was honored with the award “Best Original Music” by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his Bioshock Infinite soundtrack.

An overview of all confirmed speakers of devcom 2018 so far can be found on the official homepage: https://www.devcom.global/speakers/

Experts, who would like to submit their own talk, workshop or session, can join the call for papers via the following link: https://devcom.global/call-for-papers. The organisers are looking forward to proposals around this year’s focus topics, artificial intelligence and fun in games as well as those around: Game Design, Business, Production, Legal, Sound, Art Design and Management.

CMG Conferences has also announced a discount promotion from May 7th to May 20th today. Everyone who orders a student-, conference- or business pass in this time frame, will receive a 30 percent discount. The ticket shop can be found here: https://devcom.global/order

By |2018-05-28T11:12:32+00:00May 17th, 2018|Press Release, Uncategorized|

Call for papers open until June 15th – submit your topic!

We would like to invite you, as industry experts and insiders, to submit your ideas, topics and other suggestions to be considered for devcom 2018. Join our speaker line-up including industry veterans Peter Molyneux, Siobhan Reddy, and Richard Garriott.

Introduce us to your ideas about talks, panels, case studies, or presentations. This year, the focus will be on Artificial Intelligence and Fun in Games. Other topics may include but are not limited to Game Design, Business, Production, Legal, Sound, Art Design, or Management.

By |2018-05-28T11:19:11+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

devcom 2018: Legendary speakers announced

Peter Molyneux, Siobhan Reddy and Richard Garriott feature at the developer conference taking place prior to gamescom 2018.

The first speakers of the developer conference devcom on August 19th and 20th in Cologne have been announced: The cornerstone of the line-up is set by industry stars Peter Molyneux, Siobhan Reddy and Richard Garriott. In addition, devcom launches its call for papers. Game developers can submit their speech proposals on the main subjects Artificial Intelligence and Fun in Games as well as on classic topics such as Game Design, Business, Production, Legal, Sound, Art Design and Management. Finally yet importantly, the ticket shop opened today. Anyone who is quick and buys their ticket until March 25th can save a lot: Until then, there is a 50% discount on Student-, Conference-, and Business-Passes.

An overview of the ticket categories:

Peter Molyneux (@pmolyneux) will hold one of the event’s keynotes. With his talk titled “Classic Post Mortem: Fable“, Molyneux will take visitors down memory lane featuring many learnings and anecdotes. Outside of Fable, this Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) hall of fame member is also known for penning Populous, as well as Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White and more. Another highlight is Siobhan Reddy’s (@siobhanreddy) session. The co-founder of Media Molecule is well connected, responsible for the LittleBigPlanet series and is currently working on the exciting project Dreams, due for release later this year. One more AIAS hall of fame member completes the trio: Richard Garriott (@RichardGarriott), game development pioneer, Ultima creator and space traveller by trade, will also talk at the conference in advance of the world’s biggest gaming event.

To extend this fantastic line-up, Aruba Events, a subsidiary of Computec Media Group (CMG), has issued the call for papers today. Game developers from all over the world can submit their own speech proposals in order to join Peter Molyneux, Siobhan Reddy and Richard Garriot at devcom in August. Among classic topics like Game Design, Business, Production, Legal, Sound, Art Design and Management, this year’s main subjects are Artificial Intelligence and Fun in Games. More details can be found here: https://devcom.global/call-for-papers

Everyone who wants to secure their participation in devcom 2018 as a visitor can do so in the ticket shop which opened today. A registration before March 25th is especially worthwhile, since the organizers grant a onetime Early Bird 50% discount on Student-, Conference-, and Business-Passes. Anyone who wants to secure the cheapest ticket price for devcom, has to strike now. The ticket shop can be found here: https://devcom.global/order

More details about the schedule of devcom 2018 will be announced shortly.

By |2018-05-28T11:13:06+00:00March 13th, 2018|Press Release, Uncategorized|

International Experts support devcom-Team

Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo and John Gaudiosi become part of devcom’s program-team for 2018

Aruba Events, subsidiary of Computec Media Group, are pleased to announce that they have strengthened international support for devcom’s organization team with the inclusion of Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo and John Gaudiosi, three international experts in games.

After the team’s successful debut last year, the now expanded program team will contribute to an even more diverse and international program. devcom will bring together the international developer scene’s “Who is Who” during gamescom week. devcom is hosted in collaboration with game, the German game industry’s association, and Koelnmesse.

This year’s devcom will take place on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th August and therefore not overlap with gamescom’s business days.

Form left: Alex Ziska (Sales), Niels Eggert (Senior Sales Manager), Stephan Reichart (Head of devcom), Veronika Maucher (Head of Speaker Management), Alessandra van Otterlo (Speaker Scout), Melina Wolf (Trainee), Kate Edwards (picture, Speaker Scout), Astrid Gooding (Senior Project Manager), Simon Fistrich (Head of Aruba Events), Nico Balletta (Program Director), Tristan Schulze-Böving (Trainee) and Dirk Gooding (Head of Aruba Events)

 

The Team of devcom 2018

Dirk Gooding and Simon Fistrich, Co-Heads at CMG Conferences and Aruba Events have assembled a powerful team for this year’s event.

Nico Balletta, editor in chief at Making Games, will act as program director and will develop the program for devcom 2018 together with Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo, John Gaudiosi and Frank Sliwka.

Until 2017, Edwards worked as executive director at the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) where she served for five years. She’s an experienced strategist who was listed as one of “the 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming” by Fortune in 2013, and in 2014 Gamesindustry.biz included her in the video games industry “six people of the year”, which emphasizes her expertise. Together with John Gaudiosi, a journalist with over 20 years in the industry and Co-Founder at Shacknews.com, she’ll take care of renowned speakers from the Americas.

Alessandra van Otterlo has been part of the industry since 2004 and has an excellent network thanks to her work at Control Magazine and Control Conference in Europe. Frank Sliwka complements the program team with his network in Asia’s developer scene.

Stephan Reichart (head of devcom), Astrid Gooding (senior project manager), Veronika Maucher (head of speaker management) and Niels Eggert (senior sales manager) complete the team.

More details about schedule and tickets as well as the first confirmed speakers will be announced in the near future.

Press material is available here.

By |2018-02-02T14:57:10+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Press Release|

International Experts support devcom-Team

Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo and John Gaudiosi become part of devcom’s program-team for 2018

Aruba Events, subsidiary of Computec Media Group, are pleased to announce that they have strengthened international support for devcom’s organization team with the inclusion of Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo and John Gaudiosi, three international experts in games.

After the team’s successful debut last year, the now expanded program team will contribute to an even more diverse and international program. devcom will bring together the international developer scene’s “Who is Who” during gamescom week. devcom is hosted in collaboration with game, the German game industry’s association, and Koelnmesse.

This year’s devcom will take place on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th August and therefore not overlap with gamescom’s business days.

Form left: Alex Ziska (Sales), Niels Eggert (Senior Sales Manager), Stephan Reichart (Head of devcom), Veronika Maucher (Head of Speaker Management), Alessandra van Otterlo (Speaker Scout), Melina Wolf (Trainee), Kate Edwards (picture, Speaker Scout), Astrid Gooding (Senior Project Manager), Simon Fistrich (Head of Aruba Events), Nico Balletta (Program Director), Tristan Schulze-Böving (Trainee) and Dirk Gooding (Head of Aruba Events)

 

The Team of devcom 2018

Dirk Gooding and Simon Fistrich, Co-Heads at CMG Conferences and Aruba Events have assembled a powerful team for this year’s event.

Nico Balletta, editor in chief at Making Games, will act as program director and will develop the program for devcom 2018 together with Kate Edwards, Alessandra van Otterlo, John Gaudiosi and Frank Sliwka.

Until 2017, Edwards worked as executive director at the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) where she served for five years. She’s an experienced strategist who was listed as one of “the 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming” by Fortune in 2013, and in 2014 Gamesindustry.biz included her in the video games industry “six people of the year”, which emphasizes her expertise. Together with John Gaudiosi, a journalist with over 20 years in the industry and Co-Founder at Shacknews.com, she’ll take care of renowned speakers from the Americas.

Alessandra van Otterlo has been part of the industry since 2004 and has an excellent network thanks to her work at Control Magazine and Control Conference in Europe. Frank Sliwka complements the program team with his network in Asia’s developer scene.

Stephan Reichart (head of devcom), Astrid Gooding (senior project manager), Veronika Maucher (head of speaker management) and Niels Eggert (senior sales manager) complete the team.

More details about schedule and tickets as well as the first confirmed speakers will be announced in the near future.

Press material is available here.

By |2018-02-02T14:56:25+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

devcom 2018: optimized schedule, ticketing and business area

With its optimized schedule, ticketing and business area  devcom 2018 set to surpass last year’s hugely successful inaugural event – Kick off your gamescom week with devcom 2018 set to take place on Sunday and Monday, 19th and 20th August!

Following a successful 2017 debut, developer conference devcom will increase its diversity and optimization across several fields this year. This was the goal that event organizer Aruba Events GmbH, a subsidiary of Computec Media Group (CMG), announced today. The key change to this year is the developer conference’s timeframe: devcom will now run over two days and the schedule will be more streamlined to prevent overlapping with gamescom business days. Pathfinding and ticketing will also be improved. devcom is held in cooperation with the German Games Industry Association (BIU) and Koelnmesse on Sunday, 19th and Monday, 20th August.

These improvements will not only enable visitors of devcom 2018 to attend more panels, discussions, talks and workshops, but will give them more time for additional networking. As such, this year’s business area will be enhanced and offer more space. The indie area has also been extended enabling Respawn to be fully integrated into the devcom program.

Hans Ippisch, CEO of CMG and Aruba Events GmbH, commented: “After the successful premiere of devcom in 2017 we want to improve every aspect of the event. As such, we specifically optimized the concept together with our partners BIU and Koelnmesse. We’ve taken the best elements of Respawn and seamlessly integrated them into devcom. This way we can present a thoughtful conference experience over two days, which incorporates into the gamescom week even better.”

Further details about the expanded team, ticket categories and the first confirmed speakers will be released soon.

Press material can be found here: https://www.devcom.global/downloads/

By |2018-01-22T13:14:35+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Press Release|

devcom 2018: optimized schedule and ticketing

With its optimized schedule, ticketing and business area  devcom 2018 set to surpass last year’s hugely successful inaugural event – Kick off your gamescom week with devcom 2018 set to take place on Sunday and Monday, 19th and 20th August!

Following a successful 2017 debut, developer conference devcom will increase its diversity and optimization across several fields this year. This was the goal that event organizer Aruba Events GmbH, a subsidiary of Computec Media Group (CMG), announced today. The key change to this year is the developer conference’s timeframe: devcom will now run over two days and the schedule will be more streamlined to prevent overlapping with gamescom business days. Pathfinding and ticketing will also be improved. devcom is held in cooperation with the German Games Industry Association (BIU) and Koelnmesse on Sunday, 19th and Monday, 20th August.

These improvements will not only enable visitors of devcom 2018 to attend more panels, discussions, talks and workshops, but will give them more time for additional networking. As such, this year’s business area will be enhanced and offer more space. The indie area has also been extended enabling Respawn to be fully integrated into the devcom program.

Hans Ippisch, CEO of CMG and Aruba Events GmbH, commented: “After the successful premiere of devcom in 2017 we want to improve every aspect of the event. As such, we specifically optimized the concept together with our partners BIU and Koelnmesse. We’ve taken the best elements of Respawn and seamlessly integrated them into devcom. This way we can present a thoughtful conference experience over two days, which incorporates into the gamescom week even better.”

Further details about the expanded team, ticket categories and the first confirmed speakers will be released soon.

Press material can be found here: https://www.devcom.global/downloads/

By |2018-03-08T08:56:18+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

developer event will return in August 2018

devcom made a strong showing in its first year. More than 3,000 visitors came to participate in 140 sessions by more than 200 speakers. The attendance of more than 350 journalists from all around the world underlined the success of the international focus of the event. devcom will return from August 19 to August 20, 2018.

devcom 2017 started off on Sunday, August 21, with the devcom developer conference and RESPAWN@devcom, in the Congress Center East, at Koelnmesse. Highlights of the conference formats were, amongst others,  sessions by Bluehole (From UNKNOWN to PLAYERUNKNOWN: Deconstructing BATTLEGROUNDS), Blizzard Entertainment (The Power of Us – Ten Rules for Forging Genuine Creative Collaboration), Daedalic (Gameplay as Story in Daedalic’s ‘The Pillars of the Earth’) and VentureBeat (Strategic Zoom).

From Tuesday to Thursday devcom continued in the devcom developer lounge, where attendees joined our Master Classes and Tutorials, and with Public and Business Keynotes by Tim Sweeney, Brendan Greene, Richard Garriott, Bob Slinn and Chris Charla.

 

devcom was complemented by an EXPO Area, the guided networking platform MeetToMatch and several Receptions and Get-Togethers.

By |2018-03-08T08:50:55+00:00August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tim Sweeney – the devcom Interview

Tim Sweeney, the Founder of Epic Games, is one of our top speakers at devcom. On Tuesday, August 22, he will deliver a gamescom Business Keynote – the topic is yet TBA. We had the opportunity to talk to him about the stunning things that are possible with Unreal Engine.

Join Tim Sweeney’s Keynote on Tuesday, August 22, at Congress-Saal (Congress Hall) 4th Floor, CONGRESS CENTRE EAST, 11 am – 12 pm.

If you want to learn more about our gamescom Business Keynotes, check out our overview!

By |2018-03-08T08:31:32+00:00August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|