SDC23 – Day Two highlights

21st Jun 2023 News

Day two of SDC2023 has ended!

What an amazing experience it’s been – from fantastic talks
and showcases by Sumo’s own people to specially invited guest speakers. After
our first SDC last year, we knew the importance of continuing to collaborate
and share knowledge with one another, and it’s safe to say that this year’s
event has proven to be a huge success once again.

Join us as we look back over some of the highlights from the
final day of SDC2023.

ANOTHER BUSY DAY AHEAD

Plenty of smiles as our people return for day two of our
annual internal Learning and Development conference.

LIFTING THE ‘CURSE’

Timbre Games’ Kat Neale brought ‘The Curse of Knowledge’
talk to SDC2023, in which she talked about learning about the audience’s experience, preferences and skillset being key to countering
the curse, as well as tools and strategies teams can implement immediately to
counter during game development.

MAKING AUTHENTIC GAMES

Auroch Digital Production Director Peter Willington gave a
deep dive into ‘How to create an authentic video game’ by looking at how teams
make decisions affecting all areas of a product and generating trust in
potential customers, and how to demonstrate the value of these activities to a
sceptical audience.

ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH AUDIO

One of the Audio discipline talks from day two came from
Sumo Sheffield Senior Sound Designer Luke Wilson. In his talk, Luke covered a
number of ways in which audio teams can improve accessibility in their games, as
well as demonstrating how other teams can achieve this through collaboration
with audio.

SPECIAL GUEST

We were thrilled to have award-winning writer and narrative
designer Rhianna Pratchett join us in the Octagon building for our closing
keynote ‘Breaking boundaries in narrative – A conversation with Rhianna Pratchett, hosted by Zoe Curnoe’.

Rhianna talked about moving into narrative design from
journalism, working on well-known projects such as the Tomb Raider reboot and Overlord
series, and what changes she hopes to see in the industry in the future.

SDC2023 COMES TO AN END

And with that, the event has ended, and our people are making
their way to the exits. SDC2023 set out to ensure that world-class content and
learning across all game development disciplines is accessible to all our
people, in one place, at the same time… and it didn’t disappoint!

But wait, there’s more. SDC2023 may be over but the
celebrations for Sumo Digital and the wider Sumo Group continue tomorrow as we
look forward to SumoFest, our very own music and entertainment event to
celebrate 20 years of Sumo making exceptional games.

21st June 2023 News