28. 10. 2016

Connect With Others at GDS 2016

Networking is an essential part of the Game Developers Session experience, and we want to make it as much accessible and enjoyable as possible. As our conference grows and more people are attending, it becomes harder to meet the right people at the right time and share your ideas with others who are equally interested. To make it more simple for you, we partner up with online service Pitch & Match. Let’s plan your meetings upfront and save more time for the lectures and fun at the expo!

How does it work? It’s simple! You only need to follow five simple steps:

Create your online profile
Present your company projects and services to show the world why you are the best!

Organize your meetings
Use the online meeting system to plan your meetings and invite possible partners or accept received invitations to meet on-site. Our matchmakers actively search for potential matches and help you by providing suggestions to meet!

Join the Pitch & Match area
We set up meeting area with numbered tables, so it is easy to meet. Reserve your slot or simply stop by to meet unexpected new contacts.

The meeting
Meet at one of our meeting tables or a place of your choice. Pitch your product and ideas in 30-minute meetings.

Fill in the gaps
Last minute meetings can be arranged by the matchmaker on-site or you can visit conference sessions.

To access the Pitch & Match network, simply follow the details sent to your registration e-mail. We automatically create accounts within one working day of your registration. Then simply access the event at the Pitch & Match website.

Remember there are many other ways to connect with others. Whether it’s networking parties, on-place events, taking part in GDS indie expo or just being there and having fun. Be creative, find new ways to show everyone your awesome work and let your business grow. We wish you best luck and meeting many interesting people!

17. 10. 2016

Help Us Make the GDS 2016 Happen!

Would you like to be a part of our team and help us to prepare and realize the indie game development conference with the longest tradition in Europe? We have good news for you! We have prepared interesting volunteering program.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate: the conference venue preparation, helping the game developers at their kiosks, operating the cameras, taking pictures. We hope that everyone who’s willing to help will find something enjoyable to do so!

What will you get for your help in return? Even though the participation itself is a priceless experience and we want to cooperate with those, whose biggest motivation is to help and support the event; we gladly provide all the participants the following benefits:

  • enjoy a teambuilding for all volunteers before the conference happens
  • free entrance to the event with an option to visit selected talks in your free time after we agree together when and what talks you want to see
  • participation on the networking afterparty
  • meet interesting people from the industry across different areas - developers, journalists, academics or business people
  • Chance for further cooperation with the Association České Hry z. s.
  • GDS t-shirt

To participate you need to have a good knowledge of English and be at least 18 years old.

If you are interested in joining the volunteering program, please fill in the following form to participate:

Once you submit the form, we will contact you in a few days with the detail information to agree on the conditions of our cooperation.

In case of any questions feel free to contact us at volunteers@gdsession.com

Thank you for your interest, and we are looking forward to seeing you at GDS 2016 in Prague!

České Hry z. s. team

1. 11. 2016

Get Excited for Game Developers Session 2016!

There are only few days before the #gds2016 begins. Two days full of interesting talks, hundreds of game developers, indie game expo, parties and much more. From November 4th to 5th, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic at beatifull National House of Vinohrady, we will share and celebrate what we all enjoy about game development and games. We hope to see you there too!

What can you look forward to? Among other things, we have a full package of incredible talks. For example, Tyler Sigman from Red Hook Studios will be talking about the designing challenges of their widely successful game Darkest Dungeon, Pawel Miechowski from 11bit studios will look back on the success of This War of Mine and Jaromír Plachý from Amanita Design will introduce their new project Chuchel. You can see the full schedule on our website.

GDS would have never been possible without our amazing partners but not only that - they are bringing a lot of fun to the table as well! Our main sponsor SCS Software will bring VR headsets to try out their new VR projects, Microsoft will bring their special guest Viktor Tsykunov to share more about their awesome technologies for both present and future developers and Bohemia Interactive will also announce their brand new project and allow all of our guests to try it live at the conference venue as well. Isn’t that awesome?

As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet others, even more so as we grow in numbers each year. Two parties in the center of the city - warm up party at Infinity Bar and main party at Club Lávka - will provide awesome experience for all of the attendees.

GDS is not only a place for casual friendships, but serious business as well. As GDS attendee, you can utilize the Pitch & Match app to plan your meetings upfront, pitch your projects to business partners and find those, who are equally interested in your work.

We have also upgraded the indie game dev expo venue, so you can explore even more of the awesomeness, that’s been created in last year. For that reason, we have enabled to nearly every guest to present their projects for free, which allowed us to attract more than 30 developers to showcase what they do.

But it does not stop there! We will also announce our very first GDS Indie Prize Award to honor the best games presented at indie game booth. Thanks to our partnership with Casual Connect, the 1st winner also receives a free ticket for Indie Showcase booth at Casual Connect Europe in February 2017.

It is all set and done for now and we can’t wait for it to happen. We hope you will enjoy the Game Developers Session as much as we do and will remember it as the best one that has ever been done. In case you still don't have your ticket yet, grab it while you can, make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and remember to share with others how you feel about the #gds2016!

Thank you for staying with us and see you there!

Game Developer Session Team

8. 10. 2016

Grab your ticket for Game Developers Session 2016

Game Developers Session, Europe’s oldest indie game developers conference, will take its place on November 4th and 5th, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Over one thousand people who love making games will be enjoying two days full of inspiring talks from top indie developers as well as two networking parties, game booths with indie games showcase and unique atmosphere of the Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. This year's annual will be the biggest Game Developers Session in its history. That's why the event will take its place in beautiful National House of Vinohrady.

Beyond that, we are also bringing two major changes this year. Anyone excited to showcase their indie game can apply for a space at our indie booth for free! You only need to buy at least two tickets and fill the form below. Isn’t that awesome?

Please note, that as a part of the indie expo initiative, you will get assigned a given space of defined size with one table. If you are looking for a larger experience, please follow our guidelines for becoming the official GDS partner.

We are also announcing the GDS Expo Prize through which we will select three most innovative and interesting indie games presented at our conference to honor their success with the GDS Expo Prize Award. Thanks to our partnership with Casual Connect, the 1st winner also receives a free ticket for Indie Showcase booth at Casual Connect Europe in February 2017!

We hope that you are just as excited as we are about these news. We can't wait what wonderfull projects and insights will be presented at GDS 2016. You should not miss the chance to be there so in case you don’t have your ticket yet, you can grab it now.

That's it for today! Make sure to stay in touch with us - here, on our social networks or via newsletter - because there is still lot to announce. Speakers, networking parties, partners and more!

See you soon!

Conference is organized by České hry z.s. on behalf of Eventia s.r.o., Terms & Conditions (CZ)