Welsh games industry to gather for annual event

Welsh games developers, experts and professionals are set to gather at the annual Wales Games Development Show in Cardiff this June.

The event, which has taken place for the last few years, will showcase the best of the thriving Welsh games industry when it takes at Cardiff’s new Tramshed venue on Saturday June 18th.

Delegates will experience a variety of talks, presentations and hands-on workshops on game creation and development. In particular, there’ll be workshops for Minecraft and BBC micro:bit.

As well as this, the event will sport an interactive game zone, which will feature retro game consoles and guest talks from respected industry names such as Antony Johnson – the creator of Dead Space.

It’ll offer up a range of one-to-one surgeries, too. There’ll be experts on funding, legal and accounting on hand to give free advice to game companies and start-ups.

The Bafta Cymru Awards for Games and Interactive Experience will also take place at the event. They celebrate and commend Welsh games developers across areas such as gameplay design, technical achievement, and sound and music.

Over 400 people attended the show last year, and the organisers hope that the 2016 event will be bigger and better. It’s being sponsored by the Welsh Government, Creative Europe Desk Wales, University of South Wales, Microsoft and games development platform Unity.

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.