This week sees the largest gaming event in Scotland take place in the heart of the capital and with it entering its tenth year, this event has grown from strength to strength. The event in question is none-other than Edinburgh Interactive and this year’s event is looking like the strongest event yet. The event is split into two sections, one side of the event is focused on the games industry with two days of conferencing and networking for top flight industry CEOs and company directors, and the other side sees the public getting a sneak peek at the latest gaming technology as well as up and coming games.
This year’s event will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of August with the action taking place at a new location around. It is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel which is on the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh, bang in the middle of the Fringe festival. So expect a party vibe around the event.
In the past Edinburgh Interactive has had some outstanding speakers from in and around the games industry with the likes of Mark Rein from Epic games and some of the team from Rooster Teeth who make Red vs. Blue having been guest speakers. This year’s line-up looks to be just a strong with the legends that are Ian Livingstone and Chris Deering being joined by new comers like James Allsopp and Dr Mike Rogers, as well as a host of others. All in all there are over 25 speakers at this year’s event.
A standout moment of this year looks to be the Sean Dromgoole session on People & Money, which is the first session on day one and sees Edinburgh Interactive veteran Sean Dromgoole get the ball rolling.
Another highlight of ever Edinburgh Interactive is the Great Debate which sees a group of speakers take to the stage to go toe to toe and fight it out over a given topic. This years topic is “This house believes that the UK games industry is only one life away from Game Over” which is very fitting as so many devs are closing these days. This is shaping up to be a very interesting insight into how the games industry feels about the current climate.
On the public screening side of things, which are all FREE to go to, you will not only be treated to some outstanding sessions, but odds are you will also get to meet some of the greatest figures in the games industry. One of the sessions that looks to be really interesting is a workshop that BAFTA are running to let 11 to 16 year olds have a look at just what it takes to be a games Dev. Another session is chaired by Ian Livingstone where he will be joined by others to talk about the future, present and past of gaming, as well as a Q&A session later that day.
Although the public sessions are aimed at getting young talent into the industry, there are also some new games being showcased, one of which is Disney Universe, a new multiplayer action/adventure game. There will also be the new Zelda: Skyward Sword, which will have a detailed gameplay session showing three of the new unique experiences that will be found in the game. So there is something for everyone, plus all the public sessions are FREE! Just wanted to say that again.
This year Edinburgh Interactive is shaping up to be something very special and if past years are anything to go by, it will be an outstanding event and one of the highlights of the gaming calendar in the UK. If you can’t make it to the Scottish capital this week, GGUK will be there reporting every blow in our review of the event, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks.
Pick me up some Edinburgh rock!