Mike Bithell to host Develop:Brighton 2021 Keynote

Indie developer Mike Bithell will host a keynote fireside discussion about creativity alongside some of the UK’s top indie studios at Develop:Brighton 2021.

Bithell, who is known for his work on hit games such as John Wick Hex, Subsurface Circular and Thomas Was Alone, will be joined by White Paper Games studio head Pete Bottomley; Spiral Circus co-founders Tom Mead and Dom Clarke; as well as  Chris Olsen, co-founder and Creative Director at Jumpship. The panel was selected as their 2021 releases were all highlighted in the media coverage of E3 as some of the most imaginative and innovative indie games out today.

“While the pandemic has certainly impacted all aspects of the game development process, those studios that have embraced the work-from-home culture have ultimately been successful,” says Mike Bithell. “With lots of studios now adopting a remote/flexible working environment, we must all be mindful with our creative processes, which is what we’ll be exploring in this keynote.”

The talk will address how the panel were successful in continuing to develop games during the pandemic, sharing their creative processes and influences while discussing the triumphs and challenges of building new IP remotely.

This year’s Develop:Brighton returns to the Hilton Brighton Metropole from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 October 2021, after going all-digital last year.

Tickets are available now, available at a special Early Bird rate until September 15th – with an additional 10% discount for MCV/DEVELOP readers available with the code KVVKUJ.

“We are excited to be bringing the industry its first major opportunity to reconnect, share and learn together after a year apart,” says Andy Lane, Managing Director at organisers Tandem Events. “I am also looking forward to seeing how these incredible developers have continued to grow and innovate as teams – despite working remotely – to create some of the industry’s most interesting and unique projects.”

About Chris Wallace

Chris is a freelancer writer and was MCV/DEVELOP's staff writer from November 2019 until May 2022. He joined the team after graduating from Cardiff University with a Master's degree in Magazine Journalism. He can be found on Twitter at @wallacec42, where he mostly explores his obsession with the Life is Strange series, for which he refuses to apologise.

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