Published on April 7th, 2015 | by admin

Independent Video Games Festival FreePlay announces international guests; celebrates 10th anniversary

As you may or may not know, we’re helping our friends at the Freeplay Independent Games Festival which is kicking off from this Friday in Melbourne. Never fear though, over 80% of the festival’s talks and activities are being streamed online, so if you can’t make it you can still participate!

Additionally Freeplay has just announced the headlining speakers for the show as well as officially taking the wraps off the program. The festival will feature more than 60 speakers over the course of its 2015 program, including more than a dozen international guests, such as Austin Wintory (Journey), Bennett Foddy (Sportsfriends), Alex Hutchinson (Far Cry 4), Cory Davis (Spec Ops: The Line) and Siobhan Reddy (LittleBigPlanet).

Additionally there are plenty of talks happening during the festival with just a taste of them being found below:

  • An online, free-to-watch panel bringing together games festivals from around the world, featuring organisers from Different Games (US), IndieCade (US), BitSummit (Japan), A MAZE (Germany) and Lyst Summit (Scandinavia) talking global games culture.
  • The Melbourne developers behind global mega-hit Crossy Road in conversation about their life and work before and after their global success at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Freeplay’s first ever debate, challenging speakers—and the audience—to the question ‘Are Games About Technology’?
  • A free workshop program, including a session that will allow participants to turn stuffed toys into video game controllers, a musical workshop that will prompt composers to create dynamic music for an indie stealth game, and a session to hone skills for talking to the press

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