Calling all game developers to devcom

Learn more about what we're doing at Europe´s biggest game developer community-driven conference.

August 02, 2023
Art for Xbox at gamescom 2023

gamescom is the biggest gaming event in the world, and Xbox is thrilled to greet fans with the largest booth we’ve ever had at the show. Attendees will be able to experience a huge amount of exciting new games coming to Xbox, PC and Game Pass with fantastic photo opportunities and the return of Xbox FanFest. If you can’t make it to Cologne this year, we’ve also got deep dives, gameplay and developer interviews live streamed across three days of the show. For full details on what Xbox is doing at gamescom, head over to Xbox Wire.

For developers, we’re happy to announce that Xbox is a proud sponsor of devcom, the official game developer event of gamescom and Europe´s biggest game developer community-driven conference.

If you’re a developer, stop by the Community Clubhouse - a free networking and learning hub for all those who live and breathe community and player experience. This amazing event is being hosted by Xbox, Two Hat, Keywords Studios | Helpshift, Affogata, and Odin. We’ll focus on how to successfully plan and build online game communities and explore exemplary end-to-end player experiences in games.

Community Clubhouse event details:

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Duration: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CET 
Venue: Microsoft Office Event Space 
Location: Holzmarkt 2, 50676 Köln, Germany 

At devcom, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to learn from experts at studios including Niantic, SEGA, Next Games, Rovio Entertainment Group, Supercell, and others on topics including Player Support & Engagement, Moderation, Community Management, Player Insights, Trust & Safety and more. Highlights include:

  • “Accelerate Your Game with the ID@Xbox Developer Acceleration Program” (Tuesday, August 22) - The ID@Xbox Developer Acceleration Program aims to empower underrepresented creators with the resources and information needed to bring their creativity, innovation, and originality to Xbox. Join Program Manager Annette Gonzalez to learn more about the program’s offerings, how to apply, and more!
  • “Pitch It!” Mixer (Tuesday, August 22 at 5PM) - Developers will have an opportunity to pitch their games to representatives from ID@Xbox and the Developer Acceleration Program. Please note that the “Pitch It!” Mixer is exclusively for developers, publishers, and investors with a business pass or above. For developers unable to attend the “Pitch it!” Mixer, please visit ID@Xbox to learn more.

  • Tackling Online Toxicity: Best Practices for Protecting Your Players (and IP!) (Tuesday, August 22) - Join us for an engaging panel on combating online toxicity with industry leaders from GGWP, Modulate, and Helpwanted. Unpack the challenges of online toxicity, explore moderation solutions within your reach--including AI-powered options--and learn about initiatives for safer, more inclusive online spaces. You'll leave equipped with best practices for managing toxicity and insights into regulations shaping the future of games and moderation. Be part of this essential conversation and help build a healthier, safer online future.

  • Playing Against the Planet: A Technical Look into Game Development and Carbon Omissions of Playing and Streaming (Tuesday, August 22) - In this panel we dive into the technical side of game development and its impact on carbon emissions of playing and streaming. Besides the emissions caused by your company directly and indirectly using services (scope 1 & 2), it is also important to look at emissions from people playing the games you create. In this session you learn how you can measure and impact carbon emissions of game play and streaming.

For more details and updates on our talks and events as we get closer to devcom, stay tuned here or follow the Microsoft Game Dev social channel.