While Game Connect Asia-Pacific still retains its strong developer focus, there are plenty of reasons to attend one of gaming's biggest annual conferences.
The two big announcements this year were the official confirmation of PAX Australia coming to Melbourne (and that it'll be returning again in 2014), and the news that federal support for the games industry was mere weeks away.
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Qantm both had strong numbers of students in attendance learning from luminaries like Chris Avellone and Robin Hunicke, while there were master classes for Unity, UDK, UI and many other things (including some which didn't start with U).
Meanwhile, general talks on diversity from Sheri Graner Ray and a game design master class with Lesley Mathieson held huge crowds and the ongoing conversation amongst Australian developers about how to properly monetise local development with the new mobile focus had many interesting tenets.
GCAP will of course be back again next year, and will be again the best place to get a state-of-play on the dev industry.
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