The Challenge
It’s always game time

The External Development Summit (XDS) brings leaders in the gaming industry from across the world to Vancouver to participate in the only games industry conference with a primary focus in external development. This niche conference delivers three days of interactive speaker presentations, tech innovation sessions, and sponsored networking events at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, situated along Vancouver’s inlet.

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The Strategy

Making gaming conferences unboring

BRANDLIVE partnered with XDS over the past 3 years to grow their conference into the multi faceted event that it is today. Our team is responsible for conference management, program design, and raising all sponsorships to support the execution of the event. Our conference-wide management includes: conference registration, content curation, creative programming, speaker selection, speaker coaching, venue management, technical production, and food and beverage planning. BRANDLIVE manages the visual identity of the event from consulting in the evolution of the event brand, to managing the production and design of the wayfinding and environmental graphics, to envisioning the stage designs, and creating a customized Quick Mobile event app for guests to network and plan their conference experience.

XDS is a unique tech conference from its multiple stop studio pub crawl social, to the speed dating business networking event, to the number of world class gaming industry speakers, to the showcase of futuristic gaming sponsors and exhibitors.

The Impact
It not all fun and games… it’s also the numbers

In 2016, XDS hosted 48 world-class speakers, 19 international exhibitors, 31 sponsors, and had 500 external development community members attend the summit.