NEW for 2013
The Norfolk Indie Game Developers’ group, in partnership with Norwich Sound & Vision, are delighted to announce an exciting new event coming to Norwich this autumn. The Norwich Game Expo will showcase the latest videogames created by developers in the East of England and beyond, giving members of the public a chance to play games in development for consoles, PC, and mobile phones before they are released, and talking directly to the developers making those games.
The event, which will run on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013 at Epic Studios, Norwich, will feature stands from around 50 independent game developers from around the region, alongside national and international game studios. There will also be competitions and giveaways, together with some very exciting presentations from game industry veterans.
Norfolk Independent Game Developers (NIGD)
The Norfolk Indie Game Developers’ group was founded in August 2012 to connect people in Norfolk who work in, or are interested in the videogame development industry. After just seven months, we now have nearly 100 members including programmers, game designers, composers, graphic artists, and producers. Our members span a wide variety of experience – from casual and hobbyist developers keen to learn how to program a simple game in their spare time, to full-time students of game design and computer graphics, and industry professionals with an established portfolio of published games for videogame consoles, computers, and mobile phones.
The global videogame industry is worth nearly $70 billion, and the UK accounts for around 10% of that revenue, with British consumers spending more money on videogames than on films (cinema and DVD sales combined). British game development studios have been responsible for creating many of the world’s major game franchises, including Grand Theft Auto (Rockstar North), Kinect Sports (Rare), and Little Big Planet (Media Molecule). One current trend in the industry is the rise of small, independent game studios – sometimes consisting of only one or two people – and NIGD are keen to support those kinds of independent game developers in the East of England.
NIGD host regular, free events on all aspects of videogame development, including talks, tutorials, and game jams, in which attendees form teams to create a complete game from scratch in just 24 hours. We also host networking events and “show and tell” events, where developers demonstrate early previews of the games they are currently working on. Membership of the group, and attendance at all our events is free and open to anyone, whatever their level of game development experience.
We are delighted to represent such a wealth of local creative talent, and we are now planning a very exciting event to showcase that talent: the “Norwich Game Expo” will take place at Epic Studios between Oct 11th-12th 2013, giving independent game developers and studios from the East of England the opportunity to exhibit their latest games to the public, and giving the public a chance to meet and interact directly with the developers who make the games they play.
In addition to the Norwich Game Expo, we are also working in partnership with Norwich Sound + Vision to bring some exciting speakers from several major international game studios to the NS+V 2013 conference. Keep a look out for announcements in the near future!