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The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

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The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.


 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!

Sponsor the 2016 Perth Games Festival

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Quick, simple and to the point, the Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Coordinated by Let’s Make Games (yep, that’s us) the festival saw over 2600 people walk through the doors of the Perth Town Hall last year to play locally made games, and learn how they can make their own. The festival is a volunteer-run event, and part of what makes it so great is that it’s the result of the community coming together to share local works, and support our growing creative industry. The support of local businesses helps all this happen, so come join us to show what Western Australia has to offer!

What do you get out of being a Sponsor?

Sponsorship2016_PreviewIn addition to that warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting local creatives, sponsoring the festival has a range of benefits. Depending upon your sponsorship tier you could get yourself a naming-share of the event, direct association with the talks stream, logo placement on our sites and marketing material, or even a half page advertisement in our event programme!

There are of course many other rewards to being a sponsor, so if you’re interested…

Here’s what you need to know:

Alternatively, contact our Festival Coordinator Jess directly via  if you would like to have a chat first.

We hope you can join us for the 2016 Perth Games Festival! To stay up to date on this year’s Festival, check out the official facebook event.

Perth Games Festival: Exhibitor and Speaker Applications Open!

Are you a game-maker based in Western Australia? Whether you are a student or studio, indie developer or hobbyist, the Perth Games Festival is all about showcasing locally-made games! This means games for computers and consoles, mobiles and tablets, tabletop and card games, VR experiences, pervasive games and even arcade machines.

Applications are now open for Exhibitors and Speakers at the 2016 Perth Games Festival. So come join us on October 1st at Perth Town Hall, and showcase your works to thousands of people.

Banner: The Perth Town Hall, filled with people crowding around various game screens and tables. A screen hangs above the stage, showing the image of local game 'Paradigm'

Exhibitor Applications

Full details on the Exhibitor packages can be found here on the Perth Games Festival website. Or if you want to get straight into applying…

→ Simply fill in the online Exhibitor Application here!

Once your application has been received, the Festival Committee will get back to you shortly to confirm your place at the event. Following this, you just need to send through x3 Screenshots of your game by Sept 7th, and payment is required by Sept 23rd. If you have any questions, the Festival Exhibit Manager Cassie will be happy to assist.

 

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Speaker Applications

Is there a topic you would like to see covered one of the Panels at the Perth Games Festival? Suggestions relating to all aspects of game development and related topics are welcome, from design to marketing, coding to community support and everything in between.

→ If you have a topic you would like to discuss or see discussed, fill in the Speaker Application here!

Sessions may take the form of a lecture, panel discussion or workshop. Or if you have an idea for something a little different don’t hesitate to suggest it too! If you have any questions relating to the Talks at the festival, our Content Manager Vivien will be happy to answer them.

 

Assistance Packages

If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Let’s Make Games is a community organisation focussed on supporting Western Australian developers; we want all WA game-makers to have the opportunity to share their work with the public, and we understand that not everyone can afford the full fees and insurance costs associated with exhibiting.

If you have any questions regarding the assistance packages, simply contact the Festival Coordinator Jess (yep, that’s me!). We want to make sure that all local developers get the opportunity to showcase their games, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Perth Games Festival: New Sponsors!

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It’s not long until the Perth Games Festival hits town, so we would like to introduce you to the first set of wonderful organisations who have jumped in to support this great event. Without their contribution the festival just won’t be possible, so we truly mean it when we say THANK YOU!

So let’s start our major sponsor, say hello to the good folks at Autodesk!

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Autodesk tools for game makers. Start making your game now!

It’s never been easier to make 3D games! Have you ever wanted to make your own game but thought it was too hard? Maybe you have great ideas but you didn’t know how to get started? Well, making games isn’t just for elite programmers anymore! We’ve got everything you need to get started.


 

Binary Space

 

Binary Space is an indie game developer, developing the games Class 3 Outbreak and Zombie Outbreak Simulator, which feature a zombie apocalypse played out in real locations on maps. The web versions of these games have been played over 4 million times since they were first released in 2009 to 2011. The iOS and Android versions of Zombie Outbreak Simulator released in 2012 and 2014 have been downloaded by over 500,000 people.

 

Sentient Computing

Sentient Computing is a Perth-based software development company that brings the power of 3D game engines and virtual reality to business applications and training. Their small, passionate and experienced team of developers and 3D artists are also avid gamers and members of the Perth game development community. Sentient are enthusiastic to support our local talent and are excited to see the games coming out of Perth.

 

If you’d like to keep updated on further announcements on guests and exhibitors at the Perth Games Festival, keep an eye here on the blog, or follow the event on Facebook!

Don’t Miss Out on Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the 2015 Perth Games Festival

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The 2015 Perth Games Festival is edging closer, but there’s still time to get in on the big event. Last year saw more than 1600 people pass through the doors of Town Hall to play locally made games and get a glimpse into the WA-gaming community; this year is going to be even bigger, and we would love for you to join us and have your work shared with the wider community.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: Saturday, 28 November, 2015. 10am – 5pm*
Where: Perth Town Hall, Corner of Hay ST & Barack Street, Perth
Tickets: Free to attend, cost to Exhibit. See below for more details…

*The Festival will be open to the public from 10am-5pm, however developers will be required to attend earlier to setup. Plus there’s an excellent after-party planned so you can celebrate a successful day with your fellow game dev.

 

Want to show your game at the Festival?

If you would like to showcase your game at PGF 2015, simply fill in the Exhibitor’s Application Form here. Premium booths have sold out, however the standard Exhibitor packages are still available. The standard packages is $75, and includes:

  • 1.8m trestle table with exhibition tablecloth
  • 2 chairs
  • Access to Power (for 2 devices)
  • Game featured in the PGF programme & website
  • Game featured in as part of a Let’s Make Games news blog post

Add-ons are also available to cover Public Liability Insurance, Equipment Test & Tag, Lunch and inclusion in the Achievement Badges Quest.

Applications close October 31st, however spaces are limited so get in early.

LMG ASSISTANCE PACKAGES:

We want all WA game-makers to have the opportunity to share their work with the public, and we understand that not everyone can afford the full fees and insurance costs associated with exhibiting. If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Simply email Jess with a brief description of the game you want to showcase, and how we can help. We will do what we can to help you get to the festival!

 

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Last year’s inaugural Perth Games Festival was a huge success, and sponsoring the 2015 Festival will help us make this year’s event bigger. There’s plans for a larger space, more talks and panels, guest speakers, and of course more WA-made games. There are a number of benefits to being a Festival Sponsor, including showcasing your business to thousands of Perth locals.

To accommodate a recent reshuffle in the Festival Committee, the cut-off date for Sponsorship has been extended. Sponsor information (including business logo, bio and website info) and payments are now required by October 26th.

To find out more about the Sponsorship benefits, tiers, and the Festival, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus. To become a sponsor, simply fill in a Sponsorship Agreement form and we will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, you can contact Jess and Jon directly via email if you would like to have a chat first.

 

The Perth Games Festival Returns in 2015

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The Perth Games Festival is back, and it is bigger than ever! Set to be held at Perth Town Hall on November 28, this free event is about showing off locally made computer games, tabletop games, mobile games and virtual reality experiences.

Last year’s inaugural Festival saw over 1600 people pass through the grand hall to play your games, and this year it’s levelled up. We will be taking over two floors, so there will be more space for developers and their games, plus more time for folks to get through and play them all! We at Let’s Make Games could not have made the 2014 Festival without you, the game-makers and gaming aficionados of Perth. So, once again, we are asking you to join us in celebrating the greatness of our local creative community!

What: Perth Games Festival 2015
When: Saturday 28th November, 10am – 5pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Tickets: Free to attend; cost to exhibit.

You can connect with the Perth Games Festival on Facebook and Twitter, and if you know any WA developers keen to share their games (or Perth people who would like to play games) then please spread the word!

For more information, simply head on over to the Perth Games Festival site or check out the official Media Release.

BONUS ROUND:

Are you a game developer, studio, student or related organisation? We are currently taking expressions of interest for Exhibitors at the 2015 Festival! For all other inquiries, including volunteers and sponsorship questions, simply send us an email; we would love to hear from you!

Final Word on the Perth Games Festival: Photos, Timelapse, Thanks & Tweets

The Perth Games Festival is officially over, and what a huge success it was! The day was marked by 22 exhibitors (with far more games than that on display) sharing their work and knowledge, 3 top notch panels packed with people, a pile of achievement badges retrieved and prizes won, and a massive 1640 people attending to check out Perth-made games. To wrap up this wonderful event we have some write-ups on the day, some great feedback, a timelapse video of the buzzing games floor and a huge collection of photographs of the event and games.

The day that was

The town hall was full of excited attendees throughout the day, with lines in the hallway for half the day. Thanks to a GoPro (and Jon), you can watch the ebb and flow of the festival with this neat little timelapse. Unfortunately the SD card ran out memory before the last half an hour, but that’s what happens when you have a festival that’s so jam-packed.

In the news

The Perth Games Festival gained the attention of a number of sites, as did the developers showcasing their works at the event. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews (both before and after the festival) that we have seen around:

Word on the street

The people of Perth were digging the games and gaming vibe of the festival. Here is just a handful of the feedback shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

With thanks to…

And last, but by no means least, we at Let’s Make Games would like to take this opportunity to thank all the great Perth people who made this all possible; to the festival organisers for their hard work in putting this event together, the volunteers for lending their time and helping everything run so smoothly, the sponsors for supporting this event, the developers for creating such excellent games, the panelists for sharing their experience and knowledge with everyone, and… of course… the 1600+ people who attend this event and showed how much games and game-making means to the Perth community. Thank you all!!

The Perth Games Festival Crew

And still, more photos!

Here we have presented but a few of the fantastic photos we have from the event. However there are still many, many more, so click here to check out the full gallery of photos from the Perth Games Festival!

Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games and Interactive Program Launch!

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The Perth Games Festival is  fast approaching, but still we have more exciting news about what you can expect from this day of celebrating the games and game-makers of our fair city. Following the fun times spent playing Perth-made games, checking out game-centric talks, and chatting with game developers, we would like you to join us to party the night away AND share in the launch of a new games program!

What: Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games & Interactive Program Launch!
When: 5.30pm, Saturday October 11, 2014
Where: Canton Lounge Bar, 532 Hay St Perth
Tickets: Free, but be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite!

You have no doubt noticed in recent times the significant efforts of the folks at FTI, in particular the ever industrious Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, in supporting game development and developers in our fair state. This has been leading towards the development of a new game-specific segment at FTI, the Games and Interactive Program, which has been designed specifically to address the needs of West Australian game developers.

Join us for the official launch of this excellent program, chill out with fellow game devs and game aficionados, and help us celebrate with some drinks after the Perth Games Festival.  Plus FTI will be presenting the key findings from their Game Dev survey earlier this year, and will detail a range of new development initiatives, advocacy / networking events, and opportunities that FTI are planning to provide for the WA games community in the future.

For more details on the Program launch check out FTI event post.
And if you’re keen on partying it up with us, don’t forget to RSVP on Eventbrite so that we at LMG (and the folks at FTI) can start getting psyched about seeing you at this super-awesome After Party / Launch Event!

 

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Perth Games Festival: The Boss Guide (Meet the Team)

The Perth Games Festival is fast approaching, and it wouldn’t have been possible without an amazing team behind the scenes making it happen! And in case you were intending to get the high score of the Festival, Jon has written this handy tactical guide to defeating the bosses for maximum points.

Becky Lee –  Virtualiis

becky2Embracing innovative technologies and adapting them for real-world applications is Becky’s passion. Five years ago, this meant customising online platforms for the unique needs of Perth businesses. Today, this passion has evolved to a new phase of marketing – augmented and virtual reality. Virtualiis, is a marketing tool for off the plan developments helping architects, town planners, developers and real estate agents promote constructions to their clients. Becky is also a supporter of the arts, serving on the Art Rage board and spending her spare time helping LMG’s marketing for the Perth Games Festival.

Weaknesses: Social posts of her dog, Gilbert.

Jon HaywardDevelopers At Large

jonRunning a mercenary crew of developers is a tough job, but someone has to do it.  Jon spends his time working on all kinds of weird web and game based projects with the rest of his contract crew as Developers At Large and retires to write for Anime News Network Australia as the Editor in Chief.  One day he might actually figure out how to make a living from it all.

Weaknesses: He is his own worst enemy; pause and go do something else, he’ll be gone by the time you return.

Viet Nguyen Profile

vietIf you’ve ever seen some of Let’s Make Games’ recent event posters, chances are you’ve been looking at Viet‘s hard work! He’s been helping out with LMG’s graphic design in between his work as a graphic designer for FORM (the group for creative and artistic excellence in WA).  As a matter of fact, if you’re on the Perth Games Festival website, you’re viewing his work right now and you didn’t even know.

Weaknesses: Steaming BBQ pork buns.

Jess Watson Profile

jessAnimation and games design student by day, mastermind by night, Jess spends almost every waking moment immersed in the art of making video games.  So when Jess says “HEY LISTEN!” it would be wise for you to do so.  Jess is also the writer behind the mega-posts for the Let’s Make Games blog.

Weaknesses: Supply some kind of distraction; ideally fun, shiny or with a high sugar content.

Anthony SweetHandwritten Games

anthonyOne of the few people that had a career in a field tougher than game development, Anthony now creates worlds and builds board games. He’s responsible for the board game Halfling Heist, the transmedia crime fiction Grand City and is currently under the hammer writing content for Black Lab Games’ latest project.  In his spare time Anthony is the general manager of Let’s Make Games.

Weaknesses: Take out guards, then distract with discussion on narrative structure.

Perth Games Festival Launches (Press Release)

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Perth Town Hall on Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Game lovers, aspiring game makers and seasoned developers hit the Perth Game Festival this year to immerse themselves in the latest gaming developments, as well as the old-school classics.

The festival is run by Let’s Make Games Inc., a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the thriving gaming community in Western Australia.

Festival Director Anthony Sweet wants kids, grown ups and game lovers from all walks of life to be part of the free event.

“We’re about inclusiveness,” he said. “Whatever you make and define as a game, we’re happy to have you on board.”

Budding game makers of every age will have the opportunity to speak directly with people in the industry. Plus, there will be talks about what it takes to get both feet in the gaming door, as well as information for parents about gaming.

According to Mr Sweet, the Perth gaming community has a growing reputation.

“The WA gaming community is recognised around the country, and even internationally as a really great healthy scene, and I want people to know this,” he said. “I really want people to come and find out that being able to make games is something anyone can do these days.”

All games are created equal at the festival, which features computer games, mobile games, tablet games, console games, arcade games, virtual reality games, board games and even card games.

 

For a PDF copy of this press release, please click here: Perth Game Festival Press Release
This press release was written by our copywriting partner Verb Web Copywriting.