Guildford Games Festival 2020, adapted this year into a fully digital event, was an outstanding success, drawing more than two million unique viewers across all streams. More than 180 businesses took part in the events matchmaking system too.
With the aim of attracting new talent to the area and encouraging young people to consider careers in the industry, the festival presented a packed programme of content featuring a range of videos, talks and panel discussions with developers, comedians, musicians, astronauts and famous gamers. Highlights have now been uploaded as playlists on the Guildford Games YouTube channel, enabling anyone who missed this year’s Festival to access the content on demand.
Digital Media experts Etch Play ensured the smooth delivery of the Festival's technical requirements this year and have kindly produced an infographic summarising the event in numbers. View it below and watch the events segment on BBC News, followed by our special thanks to all those who made the Festival happen this year.
We're so grateful to BBC South Today for their coverage of the event, watch it back below and be sure to follow them on Twitter
There are a number of people and organisations who deserve our special thanks for helping make Guildford Games Festival 2020 happen. We did our best to pay tribute to them all in this Twitter mega thread:
We can hardly believe more than a week has passed since GGF20 first began. As we reflect on the event, we realise that there are a number of people and organisations who deserve a special thank you for making things happen in 2020. Without further ado…— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
Huge thanks also to our Local Enterprise Partnership @enterprisem3 and their Games Sector Specialist @sreadology who are dedicated to helping our games industry grow. Please join us in thanking them for the Steam page, organising, sponsoring and for https://t.co/iSeeZLxSjj pic.twitter.com/r3gKpMtl25— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
The final organiser we want to thank is our national trade body @UKIE who gave critical support, advice and credibility to GGF through their experience of running games industry events the world over. Without them and their @DigSchoolhouse GGF could never have made such an impact— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
We also want to thank our Festival Partners for their support and sponsorship this year. We are eternally grateful to you for helping us build and grow this community @FortitudeGames @glowmade @StellarEnts @UniCreativeArts @UniOfSurrey pic.twitter.com/YhKeSsOvVr— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
Special thanks also to @alyx_jones @LAvoiceArt and @kilo_bytes for organising the GGF Game Jam, which lead to the creation of six brand new experimental games in just 48 hours. You can read more about the game jam and see the games for yourself here https://t.co/zk160BiER8 pic.twitter.com/eovlVDTux4— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
Finally we want to thank, you. Yes, you! Your RT's, shares and likes kept us topped up with the energy we needed. You keep inspiring us to build upon https://t.co/iSeeZLxSjj in the future. You're awesome and we can’t thank you enough.— Guildford.Games (@GUGamesFest) November 24, 2020
Thanks so much for joining us, we can't wait to build upon these successes for Guildford's games industry in future.