So here we are, a couple of days before the International Game Summit of Montreal, the annual event aimed at professionals and specialists in the gaming industry from all over the globe. I am getting pretty excited to see the conferences, meet people and check out the upcoming trends of the gaming world. This year will be the sixth edition of the event, and more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the two-day event held on November 16th and 17th.
Montreal is one of the major cities in the gaming industry. Ubisoft has his biggest studio where many big games are being developed, such as Assassin’s Creed (1 and 2), Rainbow Six Vegas and one of the most anticipated games of this year, Avatar. We also have Eidos, which is developing their firsts 2 games – Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4. If you know the game Wet (released in September 09), you should know that the studio behind it, Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M), is also based in Montreal, along with EA, Gameloft and many other studios. There is great talent here in Montreal, which is probably why an event like the MIGS is so popular here.
During the event, there will be about 80 courses, seminars, conferences and workshops focused on everything from programming and Serious Games, to visual arts, game design, production and audio design. There is something for everyone, and more than a hundred speakers from the local and international scene will be there to showcase new trends.
There are many lectures I want to attend, and with such a packed schedule for the event, choosing which ones is hard. But what interest me the most are the conferences on production and game design. Being a production manager, it’s obvious to me that these are the ones that shouldn’t be missed. The one I am looking forward to the most is the main conference; Yoichi Wada, President and CEO of Square Enix, is opening the event with his lecture, “Fostering Cultural Diversity in Game Development”, in which he will discuss the “steps the Group has taken, providing to those involved with the global video game industry a vision of future game development.” This will be done with the use of the three core brands (Square Enix, Taito and Eidos) and their individual characteristics.
This is going to be really interesting, there are so many things to see and learn about during these events. What are you most interested in during these events? Which conferences are you planning on attending?