Gamescom exec chats about the ‘exciting and diverse’ state of European game dev

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With just weeks to go until some of the best and brightest in the game industry meet in Cologne to attend GDC Europe, conference officials want to remind attendees that your GDC Europe pass grants you complimentary access to the gamescom trade fair, which is co-located with GDC Europe.

In order to shed some light on the state of gamescom for GDC Europe attendees who may be unfamiliar with the event and its role in the European game industry, we chatted briefly with BIU managing director Maximillian Schenk.

The BIU (or Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware) represents the European interests of Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and other game makers, and is the primary organizer of gamescom. 

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Come to GDC Europe for VR game design advice from Valve and Sony

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Heads up, game makers: The big GDC Europe conference in Cologne, Germany is just around the corner, and today GDC officials are proud to announce another pair of great talks you’ll be able to see at the August event.

You’ll find both of these sessions on GDC Europe’s popular Design track of talks, a perennial crowd-pleaser that explores the challenges, benefits and practice of game design.

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GDC Europe and Gamescom partner for first annual Women In Tech Day

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The organizers of GDC Europe are happy to announce a partnership with gamescom to help put on the first annual Women in Tech Day in Cologne, Germany.

Taking place immediately after the close of GDC Europe, this limited-capacity event will be held on Wednesday, August, 5th, the first day of gamescom. Prominent leaders from the video game industry and other areas of tech will come together to speak, network and share their unique experiences.

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GDC Europe: Wargaming shows you how to succeed with F2P on consoles

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GDC officials are lining up some great talks for the big GDC Europe conference next month in Cologne, Germany, and today they’re happy to announce two more exciting sessions for the event.

Both of these talks encompass multiple aspects of game design and development, but share a common thread in their placement on the GDC Europe Business Track of talks and their shared emphasis on helping game makers make a living while doing what they love.

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Come to GDC Europe for expert advice on making great indie games

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This year’s big GDC Europe conference in Cologne, Germany is just weeks away, and today we’re excited to announce another pair of excellent talks from game industry experts who will be speaking at the August conference.

These talks are each part of the GDC Europe Independent Games Summit, and showcase the unique learnings of some of Europe’s most experienced and talented indie game makers.

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GDC Europe: Turning the tide, hiring more women in the game industry

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With GDC Europe just weeks away, conference officials are excited to debut two more expert talks that will take place during the August conference in Cologne, Germany and address contemporary issues facing the game industry.

You’ll find both of these sessions on the GDC Europe Business track of talks, which encompasses everything from practical game studio staffing advice to insight into the value of new free-to-play monetization techniques.

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Get practical game career advice from Naughty Dog at GDC Europe

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We’re less than a month away from GDC Europe, and today GDC officials are happy to announce two more exciting talks from industry experts for the August conference.

Both of these sessions showcase the importance of practical game business learnings at GDC Europe, which will take place August 3rd and 4th in Cologne, Germany.

No matter what kind of games you’re making or how you’re making it, there’s sure to be something on the GDC Europe Business track of talks that will help you advance your career.

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PSA: Today is your last day to save by registering early for GDC Europe

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Game developers, take note: GDC officials would like to remind you that today is the last day you can register early for GDC Europe at a discounted rate. The event itself is slated to take place next month, August 3rd and 4th in Cologne, Germany, and promises to be Europe’s premier game development conference.

Early birds who register to attend GDC Europe before 11:59 PM Eastern today, July 8th, can save up to 200 euros off the price of an All Access badge. Your badge grants full access to both GDC Europe and Gamescom, which is co-located with the Game Developers Conference.

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Here’s the lineup for GDC Europe’s Innovative Games Showcase

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GDC officials are happy to reveal the lineup of games that will be featured in the second annual European Innovative Games Showcase during the 2015 Independent Games Summit at GDC Europe in Cologne next month, which itself includes a variety of talks from industry luminaries on the art and business of independent game development.

If you’re planning to register for GDC Europe, now is the time to do so — the Early Bird registration period ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM Eastern, and with it goes your opportunity to save 200 euros on an All Access Pass to the show, which grants you access to a slew of great talks like the European Innovative Games Showcase.

Games featured in the showcase were selected from a wide variety of applicants by game designers Lea Schönfelder anJonatan Van Hove (who will also MC the event) working alongside the IGS’ European advisors Kitty Calis, Amnesia‘s Thomas Grip, Copenhagen Game Collective’s Lau Korsgaard and a panel of judges from across the industry.

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Survey: Sweden and the UK are Europe’s top game development hubs

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In an effort to better quantify the state of European game development right before GDC Europe, the Game Developers Conference has surveyed over 250 European games industry professionals who have attended GDC shows, read Gamasutra, or plan to attend GDC Europe 2015 next month.

The results offer some interesting insight into which popular and emerging hardware platforms European developers are most excited to make games for, as well as how those developers feel about hot-button topics like virtual reality game development and crowdfunding.

Last week we shared survey data suggesting European developers are embracing the PC as they move away from mobile as they remain unsatisfied with the state of game dev tax breaks in Europe.

Today we dig deeper into the data in order to better understand which European countries developers believe to be hotbeds of game development, how things have changed from a decade ago, and how they’re likely to continue changing in the years to come as the industry adapts to new hardware and new ways of making games.

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