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Five key gaming events of 2009

By on October 15, 2009
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I can’t make it to all of them, I’m speaking at three of them, but these are the key events between now and the end of the year.

London Games Conference

Date: Tuesday, 27th October, 2009
Location: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London
Good for: Boozy networking with publishers
Less good for: Closing business deals
Price: £229
Website: http://www.mcvuk.com/events/224/London-Games-Conference
Organised by: Intent Media

Best of British Conference

Date: Wednesday, 28th October 2009
Location: Kings Place, London, N1 9AG
Good for: Hearing from successful self-publishing developers
Less good for: Hobnobbing with top publishing brass
Price: £150
Website: http://events.gamehorizon.net/index.php
Notes: Early bird discount of £100 available until Friday 16th October (that’s tomorrow!) using code bob_discounted100
Organised by: GameHorizon

Casual Games Forum <- I’m speaking

Date: Thursday 29th October, 2009
Location: The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London
Good for: Learning about casual games, community building and turning users into profits (and to meet me – my talk covers that last topic)
Less good for: Discovering cutting edge coding techniques or talking console development 
Price: £295
Website: http://www.casualgames-forum.com/tec/cgc09/programme.html
Organised by: Tandem Events

Develop North <- I’m speaking

Date: Thursday 5th November, 2009
Location: Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Monarchs Quay, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Good for: Continuous Professional Development for coders and developers, covering both commercial and technical advances (and to meet me – I’m moderating a panel on digital distribution)
Less good for: Meeting the publishers who won’t travel to the North
Price: £295
Notes: Northwest Vision and Media are offering a £100 subsidy for any individuals wanting to attend Develop in Liverpool. This offer is limited to 5 people per company and a maximum of 50 people so apply now to [email protected].  Please note this is only available to companies and individuals based in the northwest.
Website: http://www.develop-conference.com/liverpool/
Organised by: Tandem Events

Bonus event: Mobile Games Forum 2010 <- I’m speaking

Date: 19-20 January, 2010
Location: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Good for: Learning about just how fast the mobile games landscape is changing (and to here from me and several illustrious venture capitalists on what they look for when investing in the mobile sector)
Less good for: Anyone whose interest in mobile is limited 
Price: £1,299 for the first delegate, £399 thereafter
Website: http://www.mobilegamesforum.co.uk/
Organised by: Osney Media

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com