We were invited back to IDM Essex last Tuesday by DoubleUpGaming. The past events we have attended have always been very interesting and a lot of fun so we jumped at the chance to get back there and see what was happening this time round. There is always a lot of work put into IDM Essex by the team and it really shows on the night. It’s one of those situations where you can see that the people involved are not just doing this as a business but because they are passionate about the industry. I have been had a few chances to speak with Daniel and Beth from DoubleUpGaming and they are great people with a lot of drive and motivation which shines through at the events.
For those who do not know what IDM Essex is, this is a meetup for game developers across East Anglia to get together and network with other developers and people within the gaming industry. There is also a highly respected guest from the industry giving innovative talk which always leaves the attendees inspired and motivated to push forward with their projects and a better understanding of what is awaiting them down the line. We have been to each of the events to date and it has always been a great insight into the world of game development. You get to have a better understanding of the process and work that goes into all the games that we get to enjoy as a finished product and just how passionate these people are to create them.
This time round the guest speaker was Phil Elliott who back in 2013 created the Square Enix Collective. This was built by from the ground up by Phil and offers a range of service for Indie developers globally. Phil offered a lot of advice to the attendees about the process of pitching their product to publishers and how best to make sure that the meeting they had would be memorable and stand out from the crowd. If there is one thing I have learnt through all this so far, it is that making your mark in the gaming industry is one hell of a task and was described as “Screaming into the Void”. I have got so much respect for these people and the amount of work they have to put in to make their dreams come true. Having these guests come down and give their guidance is priceless and will hopefully assist some of these companies and individual developers get to where they want to be.
The atmosphere at IDM Essex is always so full of life. The event is always packed and there are so many people networking, sharing ideas and just enjoying being around like minded people. With the added extra of beer and pizza you really can’t go wrong with getting people to interact and have a good time. There are always a few people and companies that I enjoy catching up with while also meeting plenty of new contacts. The only problem I find is that it is all over too quickly but you know what it is like when you are having a good time, the time just flies by. There was one part of the night that I shamefully missed, Fragers Gamers Bus. Now, this is just something else, a double decker bus full of all your gaming needs. I would really push you to go and check out the site. Hopefully, I will get a chance to investigate at the Rapture Gaming Festival that is coming up soon. If you are a developer reading this and fancy meeting like-minded people and showing off what you do then this is place for you. So watch out for the next one! A huge thank you as always to DoubleUpGaming for having us come down and drink their beer and share their food and also to OPM Jobs for their ongoing support of the event and all the recruitment work that they do for the industry. We hope to see you all there again next time.
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