Events and Activities at UK Games Expo for Publishers and Designers

I have this Idea for a Game...

Since its inception, UK Games Expo has always been an event encouraging new games to reach publication. In particular our aim has aways been to help the small Indie and the new designer.

This includes prototype testing tables, seminars and panels for games designers and publishers, networking events and opportunities for budding designers to pitch their ideas to publishers.

We also offer a Debut designers guide and of course affordable starter stands - see exhibtor pack.

This year we have brought together many amazing companies and individuals to create a dedicated Publisher-Designer Track.

To find the right area for you ask yourself these questions:

A) Do you have a game concept or a game at a prototype stage?

Playtest UK will be running the Playtest Zone for the seventh year at UKGE2017. If you have created a game prototype, we can book you a table and get members of the gaming public to sit down and playtest your game. The feedback you receive will be invaluable to improving and developing your design. The Playtest Zone is open to everyone with an Expo ticket and will be running Friday, Saturday and Sunday daytime.
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Meet the Makers Speed-Dating is an opportunity for 12 invited games designers to pitch their game to twelve different publishers during a single evening; a different publisher every 5 minutes. When the time is up, the publishers will move on to the next table.
The designers will be invited on the strength of a submitted sales sheet. Entry is open to everyone regardless of background or experience. The deadline for submissions is 29th April 2017.
This will be a private event from 6.30pm to 8pm on Friday 2nd June.
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Meet the Makers Networking is a session for games designers, publishers and members of the gaming industry to meet up in a relaxed environment for a chat and maybe to play a game prototype, especially if more time is needed after discussions at the Speed-Dating event or the Wyvern’s Den.
This will be a private event from 9pm to 10.30pm on Friday 2nd June.
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Wyvern’s Lair.  Held in the Toute Suite Seminar Room outside Hall 1 NEC and scheduled between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday 3rd June and open to all visitors, the aim of the UKGE Wyvern’s Lair is to put the applicants together in the same room with individuals who make, publish and distribute games. We do not guarantee that this will lead to any games actually being made (although some of last year's entrants are moving on toward publication now) but out there somewhere might just be a hit game waiting to be discovered.

Maybe it is yours.
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B) Are you Publisher Looking for advice or a designer looking to self-publish a game

We have several seminars organised to advise and assist you in publishing games.

How to Make Games - by Cartamundi ( Toute Suite: 13.00 Fri 2nd June and repeated at 17.00 Saturday 3rd June)
How much does it cost to make a board game? Can I print a prototype for my video? What legal lines do I need to print on the box? Do I self-publish?
Cartamundi is the world’s leading board game and card game manufacturer and will answer these questions.

How to Sell Games by Esdevium Games (Toute Suite: 13.30 Fri 2nd June and repeated at 17.30 Saturday 4th June)
So now you have a shinny new game in your hands. You fancy seeing it on the shelves in time for Christmas.
Esdevium Games are the UK's largest distributor of games and in this seminar will tell you how.

How to Market games by Beasts of War. (Toute Suite: 14.15 Fri 2nd June and repeated at 18.15 Saturday 5th June)
Your game is now out there but so are hundreds of others. Just how do you get your game noticed.
Beasts of war is the must visit Wargaming & Tabletop Gaming You Tube Channel & Website and share the secrets of making your game visible.

How to Run a successful Kickstarter Campaign (Surrey Room Hilton 19.00 Saturday 4th June)
How to Set Up with Kickstarter - Luke Crane - Kickstarter
Running a Campaign - Chris Birch - Modiphius
How to run your logistics - Nigel Matthews - GamesQuest
How to Distribute Your Game - Alex Green/Jon Burton - Esdevium

Full details on these and other seminars and panels are on our seminars pages.

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C) Are you a Publisher or designer needing a space for a meeting?

Looking to sell or buy that next big game? We can provide some space in our B2B Meeting Spaces

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