Open Call: Epic Offering EGX Floor Space To Unreal Devs

By Graham Smith on August 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am.

At any big gaming conference or expo I’ve been to there’s been a strong dividing line between mainstream and indie. Both are awful labels, but for sake of simplicity: the former fills cavernous halls with booths, music, and major publisher money, while the latter normally finds itself a corner of carefully curated darlings, most featuring sprite graphics and other symbols signalling that the game is made by one person or a small team.

What of single persons or small teams making indie games with the tools of the mainstream? Do developers making oddities within Unreal Engine 4 find they fall between two stalls, and so find no stall at all at gaming conferences? Would they benefit from Epic offering them one of eight spots at this year’s Eurogamer Expo?

I don’t know, but that’s what is happening. If you’re an Unreal Engine 4 subscriber – i.e. you pay monthly for the service launched back in March – then you’re able to submit your game for consideration. It’ll need to be playable, a family friendly build, and you’ll need to sort your own travel and accommodation, but Epic have the floor space and the computers.

I’ve never been to the Eurogamer Expo, but I’m told there are games there. I’m also told that you can normally find tired RPS writers at a nearby pub one evening after the show. So it has been, and so I’m sure it shall be again.

Unreal developers: you’ve got till August 8th to get your submissions in.

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    Lexx87 says:

    I’m still mourning the PC only expo Rezzed they held in Brighton a few years back, which they have since turned into a second Expo.

    It was a great show, with proper RPS involvement, and not a console game in sight.

    It also had this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Qdf8KCxR8Io#t=10 (can’t find a better stream)

    • Keiggo says:

      I feel exactly the same about Rezzed! I was so disappointed with the last one that I can’t see myself going again.

    • Cooper says:

      Yeah, I only went to one Rezzed, and it turned out to be the last one that was PC focused and an actual event of its own rather than an awkward adjunct to a larger expo.

      It was great, very relaxed, some really good talks, very un-PR-y, the RPS involvement was clear not only in the writers being there but in the feel of the whole event. Shame to have lost it.

    • CmdrCrunchy says:

      As someone who went to Rezzed 2012 (great event all round and filled with great heart, hampered only by the locations facilities), and Rezzed 2013 (still a good event but lacking some of the ‘heart’ of the previous year, something I find hard to describe any other way), I have to agree with the above.

      It seems quite a lot of people feel this way. Hear us, RPS, and bring us RPS-con! Or something.

      That said, as a fan of all kinds of gaming in general, I am going to Eurogamer this year.