Come to GDC Europe and get practical tips on surviving your startup

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GDC officials are pleased to announce another great talk taking place at the big GDC Europe conference this August in Germany, one that will offer advice and support to anyone starting up their own game business.

IEP president and EEDAR cofounder Greg Short has a long career in the game industry, and at GDC Europe he’ll deliver a talk on “How to Survive Your Start-Up.” Check it out and you’ll learn about the darker side of start-ups and how to survive some of the most dangerous perils they face.

Some of the topics Short plans to cover include: burning your boats, managing angel investors, when friends become foes, planning for growth, and riding the motivation roller-coaster. Whether you’re already in a start-up now, or are thinking of one in the future, this session will help to prepare you for the worst, so you can work to be the best.

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Come to GDC Europe for tips on coworking with devs to make better games

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Heads up, European devs: GDC Europe is just months away, and today conference organizers are pleased to debut an intriguing session on the growing popularity (and power!) of game hubs that will take place during the conference in Germany this August.

Modern Dream (Typing of the Dead: Overkill [pictured]) director and cofounder Oliver Clarke also helped cofound U.K. coworking space Arch Creatives, and at GDC Europe he’ll be delivering a great talk on “Game Hubs: A Quest to Revolutionize Game Production.”

His talk will provide a clear understanding of what Game Hubs are, why they’re popping up around the world, what the advantages are for developers — and what major pitfalls to avoid. His talk will also provide ideas on how to set one up, and afford you a better understanding of their potential to improve your game production process.

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Come out to GDC Europe and learn how to revive your aging F2P game

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GDC officials are organizing some great talks for this year’s big GDC Europe event in Cologne, Germany, and today they’re happy to announce another exciting session taking place at the August conference.

Sophie Vo is an experienced product lead at longtime German game developer Wooga (Futurama: Game of DronesJelly Splash [pictured]) and in her talk “In It For The Long Run — Sustaining Mobile Hits Over Years” she’ll show you how to take an old dog of a mobile free-to-play game, teach it some great new tricks and give it a fresh lease on life.

Wooga has had a lot experience successfully doing just that, and if you check out Vo’s talk you’ll learn from that experience how to make a maturing casual mobile game profitable and growing again, as well as how to innovate and test new features without harming live operations.

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GDC Europe: See how Obsidian designed and developed Pillars of Eternity

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GDC officials are lining up some great talks for the big GDC Europe conference this August in Cologne, Germany, and today they’re happy to announce another exciting session taking place at the show.

In developing the crowdfunded PC RPG Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian Entertainment sought to create a spiritual successor to beloved ’90s PC RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment. That involved a host of technical and creative challenges, as well as the tricky work of designing a game with contemporary sensibilities that could also appeal to fans of those classic games.

At GDC Europe, Obsidian’s Josh Sawyer willl speak frankly about those challenges in his talk “Looking Back and Moving Forward with Pillars of Eternity.” Make time to check it out, and you’ll walk away with insight into the into the benefits and pitfalls of making a “retro classic”, especially for a crowdfunding audience that is emotionally (and financially) invested from the start of the project.

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John Romero to share coding lessons from id’s early days at GDC Europe 2016

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This year’s big GDC Europe conference in Cologne, Germany is coming up in August, and today we’re excited to announce that game industry veteran John Romero will be delivering a talk at the conference about game coding principles he learned in his early days at id Software.

His talk on “The Early Days of id Software: Programming Principles” is part of the Programming track of GDC Europe talks, and promises to offer unique insights on game production gleaned from Romero’s time at one of the game industry’s trailblazing studios.

As co-founders of id Software, John Romero and John Carmack created the code behind the company’s seminal titles, including Doom and Quake. The principles they defined through experience in id’s earliest days built upon one another to produce a unique methodology and a constantly shippable codebase.

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Attend GDC Europe and learn how Master of Orion was rebooted for 2016

gdc_newlogo1 (1).jpgGDC organizers are working with top game industry talent to line up great talks for this year’s GDC Europe conference in Germany, and today they’d like to tip you off to one such talk from the folks at Wargaming about rebooting the classic game Master of Orion.

Come August, GDC Europe 2016 attendees will have the chance to check out “Alien Cultures: Rebooting ‘Master of Orion‘ with a Global Team” and get an in-depth look at the process of rebooting a beloved strategy game in a way that both satisfies diehard Master of Orion fans while simultaneously showcasing the appeal of space strategy games to a new audience.

Wargaming’s Chris Keeling and Jacob Beucler both worked closely on the project, and in their talk they’ll discuss how the Master of Orion team overcame obstacles and managed remote third-party teams across multiple languages, time zones, and cultures.

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GDC Europe 2016 debuts Hitman, Daglow as first sessions

hitmangOrganizers of GDC Europe 2016 are pleased to announce first sessions for the Cologne, Germany-based European edition of the world’s largest game developer event – including a Hitman level design talk from Io Interactive & an inspirational talk from 45-year video game veteran Don Daglow.

The event runs August 15th and 16th at the Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost venue in Cologne, Germany – the same venue as massive trade/consumer games fair Gamescom, which kicks off the next day. All GDC Europe badgeholders will also receive a ‘trade fair’ pass to attend Gamescom itself, a significant benefit.

With a large amount of session announcements due over the next few weeks, the initial set of talks revealed by organizers are as follows:

– Io Interactive’s Jacob Mikkelsen & Mette Poedenphant Andersen will present ‘Level design in Hitman: Guiding players in a non-linear sandbox’, discussing the latest incarnation of Square Enix’s hit stealth action game.

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Registration is now open for GDC Europe 2016!

gdceurope1.jpgHeads up, game makers: GDC Europe is taking place this summer in Cologne, Germany and today is the day to register early at a discounted rate.

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference are pleased to announce that early registration for GDC Europe 2016 has officially opened,  there’s no better place to find the essential pan-European perspective of game development and business trends currently happening throughout the continent.

Organized by UBM Tech Game Network, the event, now in its eighth year running, will run Monday through Tuesday, August 15th and 16th at the Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost venue in Cologne, Germany.

Register now and you can save 200 euros on an All Access Pass. Plus, this year there will also be a GDC Europe Student Pass made available as a more affordable alternative to the All Access Pass — one created specifically for qualified students interested in learning and networking at the conference.

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Reminder: GDC Europe 2016 call for talks closes on Friday!

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Just a quick reminder that the call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the Game Developers Conference Europe in August ends tomorrow: Friday, April 1st, at 11:59 PM Pacific, to be precise.

If you have a great idea for a talk, now’s the time to pitch it! Talk submissions are being accepted for Main Conference tracks in Business, Marketing & Management, Design, Production, Programming, and Visual Arts. Organizers are seeking leading industry practitioners to propose lectures and panels with significant, applicable takeaways for today’s video game community.

Content submissions are also being accepted for the Independent Games Summit, so if you have a great idea for either a Main Conference or Indie Summit talk, submit it now! You can learn more about the submissions process and guidelines via the GDC Europe Submissions page.

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GDC Europe 2016 announces dates and calls for papers

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Heads up, game makers: The call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the 2016 Game Developers Conference Europe is open through next Friday, April 1st, at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Organized by UBM Tech Game Network, the event, now in its eighth year in Cologne, Germany, will run Monday through Tuesday, August 15th-16th at the Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost.

Once again co-located with the European gamescom trade fair, GDC Europe 2016 will continue to provide the essential pan-European perspective of game development and highlight business trends throughout the continent.

Talk submissions are being accepted for Main Conference tracks in Business, Marketing & Management, Design, Production, Programming, and Visual Arts. Organizers are seeking leading industry practitioners to propose lectures and panels with significant, applicable takeaways for today’s video game community.

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