ExPlay Festival to woo gamers to the Roman Baths
Gamers will be heading for Bath next month as the city hosts a high-profile new digital festival.
The ExPlay Festival will take place on November 1 and 2 at the Roman Baths and Assembly Rooms.
ExPlay, the region's only independent games festival, was launched last year in Plymouth.
There will be talks from gaming developers, as well as support for up and coming gamers.
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The VIP keynote speaker at the festival will be Jo Twist, chief executive of UKIE, the trade body for the interactive entertainment industry.
Festival director Korash Sanjideh said: "We are proud to be organising ExPlay for the second year running this time in the historically playful city of Bath.
"The festival will once again help raise the profile of the indie games industry across the UK, shining a light on indie development in the South West, and inviting everyone involved in creative, producing, publishing and playing games from across the UK and beyond to come and join us."
Part of the festival will comprise the Explay Boot Camp, which will provide guidance for start-ups and smaller studios on how to take an idea from concept through to a commercially viable game.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is sponsoring the festival.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib Dem, Combe Down), its cabinet member for sustainable development, said: "Innovative, new companies are increasingly becoming part of the lifeblood of our area and Bath and North East Somerset Council is playing a strong role in supporting them to develop."
Bath is said to be home to more than 1,000 creative companies, with a higher proportion of digital companies than Bristol and the rest of the South West.
For more information visit www.explay.co.uk.