Posted on 18th may 2018 by THE ERIC TEAM
Last June, Eric Mag posted a must-read for theatre lovers. It documented how anyone with a passion for theatre should check out the London-based TheatreCraft. Now, ERIC Mag is doing the same for those who want to get into game development. So here is a list of conventions that prospective game developers ought to visit to give their careers a boost.
Electronic Entertainment Expo
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held every June in Los Angeles. Major publishers and developers use this event as a platform to announce eagerly anticipated titles. For years, it was exclusive to industry insiders and the press; last year, though, it was finally opened to the public. This means everyone can get in on the action, catch a glimpse of the latest in gaming, and maybe even rub elbows with some of the biggest names in gaming. This year’s E3 will be held from June 11th to 13th.
Europe’s version of E3, Gamescom is a eagerly anticipated convention among gamers and industry insiders alike. It is much like E3 in that game developers and publishers make announcements about upcoming titles and industry developments. The main difference is that Gamescom has been open to the public since it first started in 2008. This year’s edition will again be held in Cologne, Germany from August 20th to 24th.
Game Developers Conference
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the event for any would-be game developer. It will be held from March 18th to 22nd this year at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. As noted on the official GDC website, this by-registration-only event brings together programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers, and industry professions to “exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry...” Scoring a slot obviously won’t be easy, but it is certainly worth a shot. After all, there are plenty of lectures, tutorials, and exhibits.
The Eurogamer Expo (EGX) will be back in London this year. It offers the most immersive hands-on experience, with attendees allowed to try out the newest releases in the gaming world. It has other attractions, too, like cosplay and gaming tournaments that attract fans in the UK and from all around the world. This year’s EGX will run from October 17th to 20th.
Tokyo Game Show
Japan’s gaming industry is one of world’s very best. That is why the annual Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is a big deal. Held every September in Chiba, Japan, the TGS is much like E3 and Gamescon, but with a focus on Japanese games. It will be held in September, with only the final two days, as per the norm, open to the public.
Attending conventions is an investment for anyone who wants to get into game development. It is an opportunity to learn and a chance to expand your network. Plus, it is a chance to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. One notable trend is drawing inspiration for games from Hollywood franchises. Android Headlines reports that game developers are getting licenses from franchises such as Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to make games based on these popular shows. Fortunately, inspirations are aplenty in Hollywood. Gaming portal Slingo also hosts a variety of slot titles based on Hollywood franchises, among them Hellboy, Black Widow, Planet of the Apes, and yes, even Game of Thrones. As such, these conventions offer new developers the opportunity to stay on top of new trends and create new games based on untapped Hollywood worlds that are already popular with global audiences.
So, start saving up, mark those dates, and plan accordingly.
Written by The ERIC Team
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