Codeworks GameHorizon and Game Republic in partnership with Screen Yorkshire present a unique one-day conference focusing on independent video games developer self-publishing, to take place at York Racecourse.
Guest speakers already confirmed include Charles Cecil, Managing Director of Revolution Software (who will be chairing the event), Ben Board, European Developer Account Manager Xbox, Ed Vaizey MP, Conservative Shadow Culture and Creative Industries Minister, Paul Farley, Managing Director, Tag Games, Joe Wee, Joint MD of Chillingo, Patrick O'Luanaigh , CEO of nDreams - with more big names to follow.
There has been a resurgence of the independent video games developer over the last two years with developers looking to self-publish via digital distribution routes to break from the traditional console value chain to gain more control of their IP and finances. Indies are asking how can they fund their own content, how to promote and market new content effectively on a small budget, and what are the best business models to maximise revenue.
Key areas to be covered at State of Independence will be:
• Different routes to market and new business models
• Funding your game - including access to investors
• Learning from current success stories
• Marketing your own games - including PR, viral marketing and customer service
• Networking with other games industry professionals
As well as giving developers a greater understanding of the brave new world of digital self-publishing and advice on how to succeed, State of Independence will be an ideal opportunity to network with other independents, investors and buyers, as well as unwind at the industry party.
Date: Thurs 8th April 2010
Location: York, Race course Gymcrack Suite (Ebor stand)
Start of Conference: 09.30am Thursday 8 April 2010
Finish of Conference: 5.30pm Thursday 8 April 2010
After Party: 6.30 - until late
A Super Early Bird discount starting at £75 is available until 16 March 2010 (today!!), with bigger discounts available to GameHorizon and Game Republic members.