IDM Colchester: October 2015 Recap

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So here we are.

After a fantastic & amazing night on the 13th of October – IDM Colchester finally came to life.

After months of preparation and working alongside local businesses to turn a £0 budget event into a night to remember, we’re proud to announce IDM Colchester was a HUGE success.

With just under 120 people there on the night people from all walks of the games industry were there to show their support.

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A huge thank you to everyone who turned up on the night

We had lots of local developers from the Essex area and a few Local businesses situated in the know on video games.

All in all it was a good balance between professional outfits and people that are only just starting to find their feet in the industry.

Based on our anonymous feedback from the night (over 50 responses), peoples reactions to the night has been staggeringly positive. More than we ever expected from our first ever event.

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IDM Beer and Papa John’s Pizza

For the many that turned up on the night they would of found our limited edition custom IDM beer provided by sponsors the Pitfield brewery free of charge.

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If you’re an artist or a graphic designer we’re considering holding a game dev competition to design the next limited edition label that everyone will see on the night.

If this sounds like something that interests you then stay in the loop by joining our IDM Facebook group.

Did you say free Pizza?

Yes! We had local business Papa John’s Colchester provide 22 full size pizzas (220 slices) for everyone to enjoy on the night.

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At two slices each there would of been more enough to go around. (yes I’m looking at you, the person with 5 slices.)

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Remember that with feedback from this first event we hope to improve IDM every  single time to make it bigger and better.

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Unity 3D’s, Andy Touch’s entertaining talk

Aside from networking beer and pizza we had an awe-inspiring and entertaining talk from the Unity 3D’s technological evangelist Andy Touch.

The first talk was a well put together talk on things you should be doing to create a successful game, later followed with bringing your games to life with Unity.

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We’d like to thank Andy for taking the time out to come down on the night and give such a brilliant talk, opening the first game developers event in Essex with a huge impact.

For the Next IDM Colchester event we have an equally amazing speaker lined up but still to be confirmed.

As soon as things have been confirmed we’ll update you via our mailing list and facebook group

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What we’re doing now

We have massive plans for IDM and the games industry in Essex.

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This is only the beginning for the East.

With IDM now announced as a quarterly event we’d like to host 3 “normal” IDM’s with one mega one to end the season of events off.

Plans, partnerships and sponsors are still being worked on to ensure we keep doing what we can to build upon the games industry in Essex and the East.

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If you enjoyed the night and can’t wait for the next one then let people know in the facebook group or tweet out to #IDMcolchester with your pictures.

Below we’ve collated some of the tweets we received on the night.

Local game store showing their support:

The University of Essex, sponsors of the night:

 

 

Mark Backler, local Indie dev:

 

Xtreme Gaming, local gaming center

Josh Wong enjoying the talk from Andy Touch (with sponsors Cymax Computers lanyards:

 

Developer from Deep space mine thanking the team:

Attendees enjoying the wise words and networking:

 

OPM Response, local games industry recruiters turning up in style:

The list of tweets from the night could go on and on!

Once again thank you to everyone to turned up on the night and to everyone who helped make the event possible. We look forward to seeing all of you and more at our next IDM Colchester event.

See you in Q1 of 2016.

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