Australian Game Developers Conference

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The Australian Game Developers Conference (AGDC) is owned by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Limited (AIE Ltd) and was run by Interactive Entertainment Events (IE Events), a subsidiary of AIE Ltd.

It is an annual conference that brings together Australian and overseas game developers, publishers, programmers, artists, production staff, computer graphics companies, audio companies, software tool developers, buyers and suppliers to the game development industry to examine the future of games technology. The conference also attracts local, national and international media. Approximately 1000 delegates attend the conference each year.


The inaugural conference was held in Sydney, Australia in 1999. Due to enormous financial support provided by Multimedia Victoria, the conference was held in Melbourne, Australia from 2000 to 2005. The duration of the conference varied between 2 and 4 days.

The conference program regularly featured:

  • Trade Exhibition
  • Schools & Computer Games Academic Summit
  • Pitch to Publishers Day
  • VIP and Delegate networking functions
  • Up to 7 concurrent conference sessions
  • Keynote presentations
  • The Australian Game Developer Awards: The Australian Game Developers Conference features an awards ceremony for various categories. These awards celebrate achievements of local industry.

High Profile Speakers[edit]

Previous high profile international keynote speakers include:[1]

Ian Livingstone - Eidos (UK); Ray Muzyka - Bioware Corp. (Canada); Rob Pardo - Blizzard Entertainment (USA) and Aaron Lieberman - Bungie Studios (USA); Jason Rubin, ex-President, Naughty Dog, Inc. (USA); Bill RoperFlagship Studios (USA), Laura Fryer, Microsoft Xbox (USA); Ian Fischer, Ensemble Studios; Seamus Blackley, Capital Entertainment Group Inc.; Phil Harrison, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe; Dave Campbell, Discreet; and Lars Gustavsson, DICE.

The final AGDC[edit]

On the last day of conference proceedings in December 2005, Founder of the Australian Game Developers Conference, John De Margheriti, issued a Press Release announcing that AIE Ltd would stop running the premier industry conference event to allow the industry association, the Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) to build a brand new industry conference.[2]

Game Connect Asia Pacific[edit]

The GDAA now own and operate Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) which commenced in 2006.

Other Australian Industry Conferences[edit]

Other Australian Industry conferences include: GO3 Electronic & Entertainment Expo which started in 2006. Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF). The eGames & Entertainment EXPO which started in 2006.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Game Developers Conference, Official Handbooks 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
  2. ^ The 7th and final Australian Game Developers Conference, Press Release, AGDC Website

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