Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland game developers set for renowned California conference

Representatives from eight Northern Ireland-based game development companies are set to attend the world's largest professional game industry event, Game Developers Conference (GDC).

Representatives will join the estimated 28,000 attendees at GDC in San Francisco on March 18-22 to connect with international publishers and showcase their projects to a global audience.

Four companies in particular will also participate in GDC Play, a designated area for emerging developers to demonstrate their games to key distributors, publishers and investors in attendance. These include Italic Pig; Billygoat Entertainment; Northern Softworks and Rocket Flair Studios.

The delegation of game developers are attending the conference with support of Northern Ireland Screen which offers digital content production funding to international developers and publishers to finance their large-scale projects.

Ahead of the conference, Italic Pig was selected as a winner of GDC Best in Play; a prestigious accolade presented to only eight companies attending the event.

The Best in Play award is judged by a panel of expert game developers who play each project demoed at GDC. Italic Pig received the award for its project The Infinite Hotel, a VR narrative adventure game.

Belfast-based studio Blackstaff Games will also attend GDC as part of the delegation. Blackstaff Games was invited to showcase its project Buildings Have Feelings Too! as part of a stand operated by Microsoft.

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Buildings Have Feelings Too!, received production funding through Northern Ireland Screen’s Assembler programme in 2018, which aims to supports local interactive content companies with lottery funding for early stage game development.

GDC Conference features 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development and VR/AR topics taught by leading industry experts.

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