Games developers meet in Melbourne

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment and the Game Developers Association of Australasia have banded together to host the Australian Game Developers Conference (AGDC) in Melbourne.

The conference will be held in the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre between the 3rd and 5th of November and is set to attract an impressive list of speakers from throughout Australia and around the world.

Trent Ward, vice president of communications at the AGDC, said the meeting will provide the opportunity for local games developers to build contacts and overcome Australia's isolation.

"Australian developers have traditionally been at a disadvantage because they are so far away from the main centres of games hardware development. So when the vendors are sending around development kits and so forth, they forget Australia," Ward said.

"The whole idea behind the conference is to get the message out to the rest of the world. Local developers will have a chance to meet with the publishers and make their presence felt in the international games community."

Apart from building contacts, Ward hopes the conference will showcase Australian development talent and celebrate in the successors of local developers.

"The Australian games developer community has produced a lot of successful developers and we are putting these guys on the podium," Ward said.

At this stage, conference organisers are expecting between 450-500 attendees, although Ward is bracing himself for a last minute rush of applicants.

"You never really know what is going to happen. Registrations have increased significantly in the last week," Ward said.

The conference is designed around lecture-style presentations and round-table discussion groups, but Ward is quick to point out there will be plenty of opportunities for Australian developers to rub shoulders and press palms.

"There will be a tremendous number of developers at the conference and we will provide plenty of opportunities for them to meet with each other and share ideas," Ward said.

Anyone interested in attending the conference should visit the AGDC Web site at

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