Top speaking line-up unveiled for next Wales Games Development Show

Welsh games designers and enthusiasts are being given the chance to meet some of the best experts in the business at the Wales Games Development Show.

The show, which takes place annually, brings together gaming talent and diehards of all levels and types in a bid to celebrate what Wales has to offer.

This year’s event is set to take place at Cardiff’s Tramshed venue on Saturday, June 18th. Renowned games designer Catherine Woolley, known for her Harry Potter games, will lead the speaking line-up.

Catherine, who was recently named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, is to present the inaugural BAFTA Cymru Dewi Vaughan Owen keynote speech at the show.

There are a variety of other top speakers lined up, too. Anthony Johnson, creator of popular video games Dead Space and Shadow of Mordor, and developer Byron Atkinson-Jones will also hold talks.

The show is being made possible by the likes of the Welsh Government, Creative Europe, University of South Wales and the BBC, and it’s backed by BAFTA Cymru.

As well as talks, there’ll be workshops covering game creation and development, including topics like Minecraft and BBC Micro:bit. The event will host the BAFTA Cymru Games Awards as well.

Last year, over 400 people attended the event, which was located at Cardiff’s City Hall. With the new venue in mind, the organisers hope this year’s will be bigger and better than before.

Huw Marshall, Chair of the Games Wales Group, said: “The Wales Games Development Show is a vital component of the games industry in Wales. It offers a window in to an exciting area of the creative industries in Wales that is growing year on year.”

Tickets start at £9 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.