Book your place now for next week's conference, including Ground Shatter's James Parker (and his owl) on the pros and cons of going indie

Develop Live: Learn how to choose your career path… from a puppet owl

New and aspiring games developers stand to learn from all of our 25-plus speakers at next week’s Develop Live conference – and that includes a puppet owl.

In a talk catchily titled ‘Hoots Mon – finding your way in an increasingly diverse games development marketplace… with a puppet owl’, Ground Shatter founder James Parker will discuss the pros and cons of every possible level to your games development career.

He will also touch on the early stages of going ‘full indie’ and talk about how devs can cope with the changing face of games development.

And he’ll doing all of this in his own unorthodox way: with a Powerpoint presentation and a puppet owl. Yes, you read that correctly.

Intrigued? Book your place now for Develop Live, the first conference of its type curated by the team behind Develop magazine and its website.

Develop Live will take place at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday, October 2nd. You can find out more about the full programme here.

Tickets cost £149, with discounts available for UKIE/TIGA/SGN members, students and independent developers (those with less than 10 employees). To apply for a discount code, email, or head to to book your place.

Develop Live is supported by event partners OPM Response and Abertay University. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact or call him on 01992 535647.

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