GameDev Days 2017 review
This is the fourth year in a row I've been to this small, intimate conference in Tallinn, and it seems to me that it's growing as fast as it can before my eyes! The organizers once again managed to make the event interest members of the gaming industry of all stripes. Large companies, indie studios, and students were among the attendees.
Precise planning and logistics, a pleasant, friendly atmosphere, custom photo booths at the cozy parties—they had it all. Especially nice were the finer details like promo codes for taxis, good internet, and comfortable auditoriums. It was good to see groups of students walking around trying to soak up the wisdom of the more experienced presences at the conference. The networking was in full swing. If I had to say something about it was unpleasant, it would be the high attendance. The event is growing, but it is still tied to its specific region (for obvious reasons).
I recommend going to anyone interested in the Baltic market, CIS, or Europe. The incredible opportunities for game jams, showcases, competitions, and constant meetups merit a special mention.
Now some statistics from the organizers and reviews from guests:
Projects for the game competition:
Projects at the Game Village:
Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Brazil, Korea, Russia, Ukraine, UK, Belarus
Philipp Weber, Quest Designer, CD Projekt Red
“I had a great time at the Tallinn Game Dev Days 2017. It was a very well organized event and a great place to meet people and listen to interesting presentations.”
Mika Patiala, Business Development Director, Unity Technologie
“Over the past few years GameDevDays has grown from a smaller gathering of regional developers into a great international event; 5/5 in my book!”
Garrett Weinzierl, CEO, PlayWin
"GameDev Days is unique in that indie developers and the CEOs of companies with hundreds of millions of downloads have the opportunity to speak together as equals. The opportunity for a fresh insight is invaluable in the dispersion of information within the industry."
Roman Goroshkin, PR & Events Manager, Russia and CEE, Epic Games
“Nice and cozy gig. Was happy to see some old friends. Was great to make some new ones. Tallinn is an amazing city. Huge and warm thanks to Creative Mobile for such a definitely cute conference.”
Dmytro Zhovtobryukh, Game Producer & PR manager, Snowhound
“Thanks to its unique geographic location, GDD Tallinn acts as a bridge between Russian-speaking and European gamedev communities. After White Nights' move from Helsinki to Prague, GameDevDays seems to be playing the central and key role in bringing together developers from Baltic and Nordic countries and Russia. Though not very big yet, the event was nonetheless very welcoming and well organized and offered its attendees some really interesting talks and off-program activities.”
Ressa Schwarzwald, Audio producer, TinyBuild
“Super cozy conference in a spa hotel. Great technical equipment and organization, speakers from famous teams, comfortable business lounge with soft sofas to sleep between the keynotes—I was truly impressed.”
Fedor Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Managing Partner, Levsha localization studio
“Very nice conference to visit, it exceeded my expectations business-wise. Quick flight from Moscow, comfortable venue and a great party—I'll definitely consider visiting it in future.”
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