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Valve’s Steam Dev Days: first speakers announced, press still not invited

Tuesday, 19th November 2013 08:38 GMT By Dave Cook

Valve has announced the first round of guest speakers for its Steam Dev Days event, which aims to bring the development community together without the press looming over them like some intrusive specter.

We reported on the Steam Dev Days announcement last month, along with confirmation that press wouldn’t be invited. It’s not hard to understand why this is the case.

In a press release sent to VG247 today, Valve confirmed that speakers from AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, and Unity will present sessions at the event. It all kicks off in the company’s native Seattle, January 15 and 16.

At the event, Valve will discuss its new Steam Machines, the Steam Controller, and give attendees a chance to try out the units for themselves. You can find more updates regarding the event over at the Steam Dev Days site.

What do you make of the event so far?

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7 Comments

  1. TheBlackHole

    To be honest, I’m glad press wont be there.

    It’ll be an opportunity for us to have a candid, open discussion about game development, publishing, game design and even consumers, without the fear of seeing some asinine soundbite headlining Kotaku the next morning.

    Should be an awesome few days. Looking forward to it.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Entirely agree.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Pytox

    @1 omg ask gaben when hl3 releases :p

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Klaxusprime

    @1 Why can’t you have a “candid, open discussion” if the press is present? We already have the Bilderberg group with its famous, influential and exclusive conference, maybe Valve wants to do the same with the gaming industry?
    Honestly, I have more confidence in my favourite journos like Dave, Stephany and all the VG247 staff that in some devs or event staffers who’ll leak via Twitter or Neogaf.
    Please trust the press who deserves it, think about non-gaming investors and people who’d like to have information about this event and the VR tech.
    Let’s move out of the ghetto

    Thanks

    #4 10 months ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    @4

    “Why can’t you have a “candid, open discussion” if the press is present?”

    You’ve read the internet, right?

    Don’t worry though; Info will come out of this event from the people within it – some will leak it to journos anyway, because they feel good being the important person with all the secret info – and others might tweet or post interesting revelations that don’t break the confidence if their fellow devs.

    It’s like Valve say on the site:

    Q:
    Can I post Steam Dev Days information to my social media channels?

    A:
    Steam Dev Days will not have any formal social media channels. Please be respectful of your fellow developers as sensitive topics will be discussed.

    That’s how it should be.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. runbmp

    Glad Valve didn’t include the press on this one, it’s going to be kinda nice for the devs and Valve to just interact amongst each other and bounce opinions and ideas.

    @1 Why can’t you have a “candid, open discussion” if the press is present?

    Because it’s not an open discussion… It’s a private one between devs who actually work in the industry… I’m sure Bloggers have had the chance to hear devs talk about development in the past and will continue to do so.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Pitts

    I sure as heck wouldn’t want press at my job meetings.

    Some topics/products aren’t ready for public consumption and not everyone’s a wordsmith. That’s why PR and marketing have their own departments.

    That said I am a little put off by the exclusion of press. Lots harder to keep informed.

    #7 10 months ago

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