Despite not taking place in physical form in Cologne like last year, devcom digital 2020 looks like another exciting way for game developers and people interested in game design to participate.
Due to the still ongoing Coronavirus situation, it’s clear that the koelnmesse venue isn’t an option anymore. But as game development hasn’t stopped and the global community has to stick together, helping each other not just for a few days on site, but the whole year, the team of devcom has it covered: a Twitch channel that has been streaming lots of free content since June 17, 2020, podcasts, and the main event, the #ddc2020 (devcom digital conference) that will take place from August 17-30, 2020.
The new format requires a different mindset as well, as it’s all done by PINE, an official event and matchmaking app that allows registered trade fair “visitors” to have access to 1 on 1 meetings, “random networking”, “speed game dating” and much more. Of course there are various talks planned as well, although I haven’t quite figured out the schedule yet. It should also be noted that there will be another very cool event that’s part of devcom 2019: Pitch it!, which takes place on Friday, August 28, 2020, from 4 pm to 8 pm CET. It allows publishers and developers a chance to meet and provides a potential boost for their business.
Of course there are many more interesting things about this year’s devcom, and if you still want to attend, it’s possible to buy individual tickets in the shop. The digital gaming event might not fully replace the whole personal touch, but with all sorts of channels to follow and people to meet in the digital space, there’s clearly something for everyone.
Personally I’m not quite sure I will “attend” devcom this year. Last year I covered it with the Past gaming events: devcom 2019 (quick overview with social media), Past gaming events: devcom 2019, Day 1 and Past gaming events: devcom 2019, Day 2 articles, and it was such a unique experience meeting all sorts of people in person and making connections as a press partner. However, there has been too much stress lately and personal life has taken over more and more so that I’ll probably skip it this time to work on other things (not only articles). If there’s still something worthwile writing about or I’ll change my mind, you’ll read it here first!