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Crime writer Christopher Brookmyre leads eclectic Develop Live line-up

Author of Bedlam joins wide array of games studios and services companies as new conference’s first speakers

Friday, August 8th, 2014 – British crime writer Christopher Brookmyre is leading the first wave of speakers confirmed for the debut Develop Live conference.

Develop Live is a one-day conference that will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday, October 2nd. It is the first event of its type to be organised and curated by the team behind leading games development trade publication Develop.

Scottish author Brookmyre will be speaking about his latest novel Bedlam, which he is currently adapting into a video game with Brighton-based independent developer RedBedlam. At Develop Live, he will share more about this process in a session entitled ‘From novel to game and back again’.

“Working with games developers has been one of the most creatively rewarding experiences of my writing career, so I’m thrilled to be invited to talk about the process at Develop Live – and I’m particularly delighted that I’ll be doing so at the first Develop event in Scotland,” said Brookmyre.

The writer is just one of a wave of speakers confirmed for Develop Live, which include experts from DeltaDNA, Dimensional Imaging, Speech Graphics, Newcastle University, Ludometrics, Outplay Entertainment, Chunk and more.

More sessions, including the first Develop Live keynote, will be announced in the coming weeks. The full list of sessions confirmed so far can be found below.

Tickets cost £149, with discounts available for students as well as UKIE and TIGA members. Contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk to find out more, or to book your place.

“We’re delighted to offer such a diverse mix of technical and design-led talks – presented by experts from Scotland and further afield – at our inaugural Develop Live conference,” said James Batchelor, Editor of Develop.

“We had a great response to our call for speakers, showing there’s a definite demand for such an event in the increasingly impressive Scottish games industry, and we have a few more surprises planned for the conference programme. See you all in October.”

Abertay University is supporting Develop Live as event partner, while new consumer event Game Expo Scotland is media partner.

To find out more about our competitive sponsorship packages, contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk or call him on 01992 535647.

Sessions confirmed so far include:

·         From novel to game and back again – Christopher Brookmyre, author

·         From pocket money to Flappy Bird and beyond: Things to know about copyright and games – Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh, Newcastle University & Dr Tom Phillips, University of East Anglia

·         R.E.S.P.E.C.T., find out what it means to free (to play) – Tony Gowland, Outlplay Entertainment

·         Art Outsourcing: A facial animation production pipeline – Dr Gregor Hofer, Speech Graphics

·         Facial performance capture goes 4D – Colin Urquhart, Dimensional Imaging

·         Selfish creativity – David Thomson, Ludometrics

·         How to build a one man band – Nicoll Hunt, I Fight Bears

·         Designing responsive cross-platform games – Graham Dobie, Chunk

·         Hoots Mon: Finding your way in an increasingly diverse games development marketplace… with a puppet owl – James Parker, Ground Shatter

·         How sound should sound: Round 2 – Eden Morrison, Abertay University graduate

·         Gaming for good: The application of video games in modern medicine – Cilein Kearns, medical illustrator and app developer

·         Accessibility: Pitfalls, successes and business cases – Ian Hamilton, UX designer and accessibility specialist


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