This is a guest blog by Dave Bradley, Editorial Operations Manager at Steel Media.
VR is now so important, that we’re changing how we run our business so that we can support it more.
That’s a bold claim, but as the final PG Connects of 2016 approaches (5th and 6th September in Helsinki) it’s clear that we have to expand what we do as a media company to better serve the growing VR industry.
Here at Steel Media we’re most famous for our Pocket Gamer brand, which has served the mobile gaming industry with websites and events for 10 years. But now we are expanding beyond our original remit to support VR in all its forms.
At PGC Helsinki 2016, we’ve introduced the VR Indie Pitch, a separate addition to our usual Big Indie Pitch. It’s a chance to show your in-progress VR projects (regardless of platform) to our team of publishers, pundits and press representatives. There’s also a VR showcase area and an expanded VR talks track. Did you see that we just announced Tommy Palm delivering an exclusive keynote speech about Google Daydream?
Here’s how you can be a part of it. Tickets are now up to full price, but for our friends at FIVR you can get 40% off by using the code PGCH-VR40.
Alternatively you can get in for free if you sign up to take part in the VR Indie Pitch.
A ticket also gets you into the rest of the show, so you can see what’s going on in the mobile world too; you’ll be able to witness any of the eight tracks, join the pitch and match system for meetings, our Unreal workshop, come to the massive Pocket Gamer party and so on. It all takes place at Wanha Satama, Pikku Satamakatu 3-5, Helsinki in just over a week’s time.
And we have even bigger plans for VR in the future. Later in September we’ll be launching a new B2B website dedicated to the VR industry, a sister site to PocketGamer.biz covering the growing VR business. And in London in January 2017 we’ll be running a whole VR Connects programme alongside PG Connects, giving it its own identity.
We think VR is the most thrilling place to be in games development at the moment and it’s a place we’re expanding and exploring as a media company.
Email me to find out more about any of these projects. firstname.lastname@example.org