Top Game Industry Events that Game Developers Shouldn't Miss
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Back in the day, the game industry was not regarded as an industry in the same way that it is today. It was a small community where only a few companies with a few employees created something in the hopes of being considered a “hobby” for some people, and everyone in this small community seemed to know each other. However, things are very different in today’s era, as gaming has skyrocketed in popularity, particularly in the last decade. Various factors contribute to the sector’s growth, including the rise of home computers and game consoles, improved internet connectivity, and, most importantly, “global smartphone penetration.”
According to the Accenture report, the gaming industry is now worth more than $300 billion, with up to 3 billion players worldwide. The sector now employs a diverse workforce from a variety of backgrounds, including art, programming, design, productions, music, and audio. The rapid pace of technological change has made it more difficult for game developers to keep up with one another, let alone all of the gaming innovations and industry developments.
This is why HotPlay would like to share with you a special list of key gaming events that occur each year around the world. Some of these events are open to all types of game developers, while others have a more limited scope and focus on specific sub-segments of the game development ecosystem. Let’s take a look at these gaming events and see what’s in store for us. You can then learn more about each specific event later on.
Game Developers Conference (GDC)
When: March 21-25, 2022
About: The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is an annual event for professional and student game developers. Unlike other video game conventions, this one focuses on providing education and inspiration to professional game developers. More than 26,000 people are expected to attend the expo, which will feature over 500 lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. The game development process and technology are covered in detail. Visitors can stop by vendor booths to learn about the latest development tools, services, and platforms that are propelling the industry forward.
Watch HotPlay’s presentation, “Monetization Strategies That Instantly Maximize Your Game’s Profit,” at GDC 2021.
Nordic Game 2022
When: May 17-20, November
About: This event has a lot to offer as the leading games conference in Europe, with twice the Nordic Game experience online and at Slagthuset, filled with the best speakers from the global industry and our own Nordic heroes, access to countless games industry professionals via our Expo, Developer Showcase, and MeetToMatch, their expanded recruitment event NG Jobs, a host of networking and social events in Malmö and on the Nordic Game Discord server, as well as the highly anticipated Nordic Game Awards.
White Nights: Business Conference for Game Industry
When: March, April, May 2022
About: A leading B2B event for the game industry that brings together key companies from around the world – over 4,000 attendees offline and over 20,000 online each year. The main reason for attending WN events is to meet decision-makers. With the help of the WN Hub, the game industry communication platform, you can speak directly to any conference attendee. The WN Conference’s online format will open up new regions and opportunities for business networking, making the event even more impactful.
PG Connects Digital
When: March 9-10, 2022
About: Another fantastic digital event packed with everything you’ve come to expect from the gaming industry. More talks, panels, careers, networking, indie pitches, and other activities will be held at the event. This online meeting platform is expected to attract over 250 speakers and 1,500 attendees from the gaming industry.
When: May 12-17, 2022
Where: Kraków, Poland/Online
About: A major game industry event that attracts over 2,000 people from all over the world. Many notable speakers will deliver in-depth lectures on what the company has done right and wrong over the years. It is also a location where business opportunities arise. The conference, which will be held in both offline and online formats, will serve as a meeting place for all game professionals. Publishers and developers, whether indie or AAA, can communicate with one another. The tools made available through the online meetings will also allow attendees to conduct interviews, host meetings, and attend talks at their leisure.
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