Mind Candy, Spilt Milk confirmed for Develop Conference

Organisers of the Develop Conference have revealed the latest additions to the lineup ahead of the event in Brighton this July.

Heading the list is the first ever tech talk from Mind Candy, developer of the hugely successful kid-friendly online game Moshi Monsters. The studio's tech lead of tools, Mark Baker, will tell delegates how to build scalable game servers and tools in the Scala programming language.

Channel 4's new games commissioning editor, Colin Macdonald, will give a broadcaster's perspective on the game industry; SCE's Pete Smith will share tips on how to successfully negotiate the pitching process. Also confirmed are the likes of DICE, Jagex, Blitz Games Studios, and The Creative Assembly.

Perhaps the most eye-catching session, however, will be hosted by Andrew Smith, managing director of Spilt Milk Studios, the company behind iOS Snake-alike Hard Lines. Smith will develop a game in an hour during his session, One Hour Tower. How on Earth is that going to work?

"I realise how mad this might sound," he told us earlier today. "After all, game jams are full of people making games in short periods of time. But they're just that. Jams. They're not the full English breakfast of actually releasing a game.

"But Develop is a conference about games, right? Making them, publishing them, marketing them, selling them. So it just seemed weird not to try to make a game there. The 'in an hour' bit might have been hubris, but I'm sure we'll manage.

"We'll plan the crap out of it beforehand, but nonetheless all the heavy lifting – and inevitable screw-ups – will be live and unedited. I'll be hosting the hour, the team will be using Unity, and we'll do some quite literal crowdsourcing – anyone who turns up will have a good chance of helping us with the SFX."

Now in its seventh year, this year's Develop Conference runs from July 10 to 12 at the Hilton Metropole, and organisers are expecting 1,600 delegates from across the industry. Those interested can save up to £160 on passes under a Super Early Bird promotion, provided they book before April 30; for more, follow the source link below.