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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest running professionals-only game industry event.

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The 2018 event will take place at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco from 19 - 23 March. Come visit the Scottish Development International booth (1623), where you can meet Scottish games companies and find new technology partners.

We're bringing companies with expertise in everything from augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to children's apps and e-learning games. Check out who's coming with us:

Abertay University

Abertay University in Dundee is one of the world’s leading institutions for games education, having been listed in the Princeton Review Top 25 institutions for Game Design in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

The university works closely with local, national and international games industry partners to further research and knowledge exchange in game design, game development and game studies. 

Visit the Abertay University website

All 4 Games

All 4 Games uses its connection with Channel 4 TV in the UK to promote and market indie mobile games, giving developers unique access to a mainstream audience. It provides assistance throughout the lifecycle of their games development, launch and beyond.

Visit the All 4 Games website

Biome Collective

Biome Collective is a Dundee-based collective that provides access to space and support for professionals, organisations and graduates working in the interactive digital sphere. 

Visit the Biome Collective website

Blazing Griffin

Blazing Griffin is independent digital entertainment group with divisions covering game development, film and TV production and end-to-end post-production services. All three companies can work across the same project from different angles, as well as on their own individual projects.

Headquartered in Glasgow, Blazing Griffin also has staff in Edinburgh and London.

Visit the Blazing Griffin website

Digitalnauts

Digitalnauts develops immersive learning solutions that embrace emerging technologies. 

With many years of experience in the e-Learning and game sectors, the team adapts its clients’ experiences in e-Learning to meet the needs of the business and its learners.

Digitalnauts’ latest product is Apollo, an end-to-end solution which allows businesses to adopt and take control of their immersive training content.

Visit the Digitalnauts website

Dopamine Games

Dopamine Games is a new games development studio that plans to create an entirely new virtual universe massive multiplayer online experience - Gateway.

It is working with Amazon, UK universities and international space research organisations to ensure that not only is the universe it creates scientifically exciting, but graduate opportunities are offered to work with the studio right at the start.

Visit the Dopamine Games website

Etherplay

Etherpla uses cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to provide unique features to its players and game developers. Its skill game platform has been live since January 2017 and has attracted worldwide interest.

Visit the Etherplay website

Extra Mile Studios

Extra Mile Studios has created more than 35 titles for publishers such as BBC Worldwide, Activision, Koch Media/Deep Silver, Scholastic, Cartoon Network and Namco Bandai.

Traditionally specialists in the kids’ games field, the company now produces games for the casual games market as a whole, and has also recently created three serious games for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Visit the Extra Mile Studio website

Firebrand Games

Firebrand Games is launching its new publishing label where it takes successful existing intellectual property (IP) as well as original IP and publishes them digitally on various formats. Kick Off Online and Battle Road are the first two original titles. 

Visit the Firebrand Games website

Hyper Luminal Games

Hyper Luminal Games is creating an engaging original IP for 8-12 year olds. Big Crown: Showdown will be the first entry into this original series, launching early 2018.

It plans to extend the Big Crown series beyond digital media to box-released games and physical merchandise.

Visit the Hyper Luminal Games website

KeelWorks

KeelWorks creates high quality, unique and fun entertainment experiences, with specific focus on video games. The company’s goal is to create strong narrative-based video game titles, and it is currently working on two projects for console and PC.

Visit the KeelWorks website

Kettle of Fish

Kettle of Fish creates interactive story apps for pre-school children. Its machine learning platform supports child development through creative play. The platform learns from the child as he or she develops and delivers the content specifically to each child’s ability. 

It has just teamed up with the University of the West of Scotland to research the psychological impact of children using technology and what the benefits of using such a platform might be.

Visit the Kettle of Fish website

Krotos

Krotos’ Dehumaniser product line makes it possible to perform realistic creature sounds. Reformer, Krotos' latest innovation, uses deep signal analysis to profile audio input, and then instantly constructs an entirely new sound in the image of that profile. 

Krotos core technologies are poised to become a key component in high growth emerging markets such as AR and smart toys.

Visit the Krotos website

Mercuna Developments

Mercuna Developments has created a complete 3D navigation solution for Unreal Engine 4. 

Mercuna allows flying and swimming artificial intelligence to find their way through complex 3D environments in games and other virtual worlds. Its middleware combines advanced 3D pathfinding with dynamic obstacle avoidance and flexible steering options to provide a complete 3D navigation solution.

Visit the Mercuna Developments website

Ninja Kiwi

Ninja Kiwi is a leading developer and publisher of games for web, console and smart devices, such as Bloons TD 5, Bloons Monkey City and SAS: Zombie Assault 4. Founded in 2006, Ninja Kiwi has headquarters and game development in Auckland, New Zealand and a games studio in Dundee.

Visit the Ninja Kiwi website

Orthus Studios

Orthrus Studios is a Dundee-based games studio that produces a wide range of accessible, well-crafted software and games experiences.

In its first year, the company has released two titles that are being used by a number of schools across Scotland and beyond.

Orthrus Studios is currently developing its first original IP game - a medieval high fantasy economic city builder. It is seeking publishing partners to help bring this unique game to market.

Visit the Orthus Studios website

Outplay Entertainment

Outplay Entertainment is the UK’s largest independent mobile developer. Outplay has created a portfolio of successful casual and mid-core titles under the Outplay and Bite Size Games brands, in addition to those produced in collaboration with other leading publishers.

Visit the Outplay Entertainment website

Pixel Sword

Pixel Sword is games development business focusing on quirky arcade titles that mix in classic gameplay mechanics with modern concepts. Its goal is to develop games that are easy to play, hard to master and bring retro excitement to the home. 

It develops for PC, mobile and web, focusing on early releases to gauge demand, get feedback and market its upcoming releases.

Visit the Pixel Sword website

Pocket Sized Hands

Pocket Sized Hands creates bespoke applications and games using the latest AR and VR technology. It works with brands, agencies and business to create immersive experiences that blur the lines between reality and the digital world.

In addition to its contract work, it is creating its own IP and games, including the award-winning Honeypot Espionage. 

Visit the Pocket Sized Hands website

Puny Astronaut

Puny Astronaut is an award-winning game development studio committed to creating truly original and innovative experiences.

Its debut title, Skye, is an engaging and relaxing exploration game for children, families and casual gamers. It is launching in spring 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Visit the Puny Astronaut website

Skymoons

Skymoons develops and publishes online free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Established in May 2014, it has quickly become one of the top companies in Chinese mobile gaming and has recently expanded to Korea and the UK.

It invests in early to growing stage companies, and its investment strategy covers all game-related industries, including developers, publishers and media. 

Visit the Skymoons website

Speech Graphics

Speech Graphics delivers pioneering facial animation technology to the entertainment industry, working with clients such as Warner Brothers, Microsoft, and Activision. Based on over 20 years of R&D in speech technology and procedural facial dynamics, its production software SGX produces natural facial animation from dialogue recordings alone.

Visit the Speech Graphics website

Tag Games

Tag Games is one of Europe’s most accomplished mobile and tablet development studios.

In addition to creating its own IP titles, it offers full service game development services, focusing on large scale free-to-play and live ops games. Its global partners and clients include Rovio, Electronic Arts, Activision, Ubisoft, Gree, Square Enix, 505 Games, Endemol and Namco Bandai.

Visit the Tag Games website

TalentScotland

TalentScotland promotes Scotland as an outstanding place to live and work - it's been helping people develop their careers in Scotland since 2001.

Let it help you and your family find out what it’s like to live here. It can also highlight the many opportunities Scotland offers skilled professionals in games and software.

Visit the TalentScotland website

YoYo Games

YoYo Games is the home of GameMaker, the fastest and friendliest cross-platform game development technology out there. The GameMaker Studio family of products has been downloaded more than 10 million times since 2012.

Visit the YoYo Games website

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