Edinburgh Game Symposium – June 27-28th

DSC_0292-300x199Some of the best developers, composers and sound designers from the global gaming industry will congregate in Edinburgh on Fri 27th & Sat 28th June for the Edinburgh Game Symposium 2.0. There will be two full days of presentations, workshops, discussions and performances focusing on the latest in games development, games music & audio.
The event builds on the success of the 2013 symposium, which featured a number of independent games developers and special guests, including keynote speaker and Hollywood-based composer Jeff Rona, Yann Seznec (of Edinburgh’s Lucky Frame studios), Alex May (developer of Eufloria), and Alexander Mathew (Interactive Media graduate student at USC).
Hosted as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and now partnered with the Scottish Games Network and IGDA Scotland, this year’s EGS has expanded to encompass two days in 2014.
DSC_0331-1024x680The first day will host game development and game audio panels in the morning and afternoon. During the lunch break, the symposium will host a Games Festival, an expo portion of our day in which local game developers and student teams can showcase their work to the community. Friday closes with a video game music concert by the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra playing select tracks from Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Viva Piñata, and Flower, as well as many others.
The second day will be smaller and more intimate, focusing on exclusive workshops led by guest speakers in the fields of game development and game audio. Workshops will range from The Chinese Room developers talking about world-building design techniques to Vincent Diamante leading a workshop exploring interactive music composition/implementation techniques.
DSC_0430-1024x680Because space will be limited, guests must sign up in advance to attend these specialized workshops. The organisers are promsing these specialised workshops as a regular part of the event programming from now on, as it brings them closer to their mission of providing resources for developers, students (and anyone in-between) with skills and tools they can use to improve their own work and help inspire their peers.
We are delighted to have the following guest speakers for our panel discussions and workshops:
  • Vincent Diamante (thatgamecompany)
  • Jessica Curry (The Chinese Room)
  • Yann Seznec (Lucky Frame)
  • Malath Abbas (Quartic Llama)
…with more to be announced.
DSC_0268-300x199As part of this year’s Edinburgh Games Symposium, the organisers are also holding a games festival during the day on Friday the 27th. Applications are now open to student teams and game developers to showcase their work to other EGS guests in this expo-style event.
The EGS strives to raise awareness about games growing as an art form and showing what games can be, so the EGS Games Festival is one way to show off the creativity of the Scottish games development community. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to advertise your projects and meet other dev teams. For usability purposes, we will give preference to projects that look and feel complete (or mostly complete). If your game isn’t fully done yet but still has a certain sense of polish to it, we are happy to consider these projects as well. Space will be limited, so please sign up ASAP!
You can find out more, book tickets and follow the Edinburgh Games Symposium online, on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.
Developers! Sign up to showcase your game NOW.

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