Before attending gamescom 2019, the devcom 2018 should be another event game developers and anyone interested in the inner workings of the games industry should plan going to.
devcom was a big success last year with lots of interesting talks. Despite previewing the 2018 event, I couldn’t make it, even though the line-up was amazing. This year, it looks even more comprehensive, with more than 120 speakers. Remedy Entertainment’s Lead Graphics Programmer Tatu Aalto, SONY Santa Monica Studio’s Creative Director Cory Barlog, Guerrilla Games’ Studio Art Director Jan-Bart van Beek, Insomniac Games’ Studio Art Director Jacinda Chew, Portalarium’s Creative Director & CEO Richard Garriott, MachineGames’ Creative Director Jens Matthies are only a few of the illustrious speakers of this list. My personal favorites I’d be looking forward to would be Noah Falstein and David Fox who were responsible for point-and-click adventure game Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure which turns 30 this year. Of course Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Thimbleweed Park followed their success stories and should be celebrated, too. Game Design, Narrative Design, Tech & Programming, Sound & Music, Art & Visuals, Leadership, Production & Team Management, and Business & Marketing will be discussed via various panels, so there should be something for everyone.
Starting on Saturday, August 17, 2019, the devcom Networking Dinner will be the best opportunity to talk to potential business partners, while the following two days, from Sunday, August 18, to Monday, August 19, will focus on workshops and conferences as well as speeches. If this wasn’t enough, then there are the new devcom Awards, Europe’s first ‘Persons of the Year Award’, the open-air devcom Sunset Party and devcom Developer Night. Being able to use personal HR booths for scouting for new talents and having secluded rooms to organize individual press conferences is probably the best way to prepare for the gamescom week.
Tickets can be bought here, and as it’s always the case with these events, buying early or deciding to attend more than one day helps reducing the costs. But as food and beverages are included, this isn’t something one should worry about.