About XDS

About XDS

External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization.

XDS brings together a niche community of game developers and publishers, vendors, and middleware providers. The event itself is composed of industry players including: the Advisory CommitteeSpeakersSponsorsExhibitors and of course Attendees. Every year we meet in beautiful Vancouver, Canada to contribute to the advancement of our industry through collaboration, sharing of best practices, networking and the delivery of a high-caliber, educational program. XDS is considered to be a professionals-only event.

From the first keynote to the final remarks, XDS focuses on four core values:

  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Collaboration
  • B2B Networking
  • Industry Stewardship
500+
39+
50/50
20+
2200+
5800+

What attendees are saying!

  • XDS has quickly become THE must attend event if you’re involved with external development.  Every year the XDS staff create new and fun ways... Read More
    Toby Ow, Production Supervisor, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • XDS has quickly become THE must attend event if you’re involved with external development.  Every year the XDS staff create new and fun ways to network and deepen relationships with existing and potential new partners.  There is no greater opportunity to connect with likeminded colleagues and discover the past, present, and future of external development.

  • XDS is the perfect size and format.  Intimate, intelligent, informative and insightful, this conference seems to be a favourite amongst the global external development... Read More
    Sean Murch, Senior Partner, Interactive Studio Management (ISM)
  • XDS is the perfect size and format.  Intimate, intelligent, informative and insightful, this conference seems to be a favourite amongst the global external development community.  Kudos to the organizers for building a world class conference in just a few short years!

  • Another amazing summit! How is it XDS only continues to improve every year? See you at XDS 2018!... Read More
    Alexander Stein, Art Manager, Treyarch/Activision
  • Another amazing summit! How is it XDS only continues to improve every year? See you at XDS 2018!

  • Being focused purely on external development, XDS provides a great opportunity for organic networking and for developing deeper relationships outside of production or traditional... Read More
    Dennis Cooper, Telltale Games
  • Being focused purely on external development, XDS provides a great opportunity for organic networking and for developing deeper relationships outside of production or traditional business environments.

  • XDS is a highly professional and well run conference that focuses on External Development in the gaming space. If you leverage External Development in... Read More
    Natahri Felton, Principal Group Manager, Microsoft
  • XDS is a highly professional and well run conference that focuses on External Development in the gaming space. If you leverage External Development in any way, you are doing your studio a disservice if you do not attend this annual event.

  • XDS was a game changer for us. We made a ton of connections and it would have been hundreds of hours or leg work... Read More
    Graham Qually, Owner/President, Mimic Performance Capture Inc.
  • XDS was a game changer for us. We made a ton of connections and it would have been hundreds of hours or leg work and cold calls to accomplish a fraction of what we did at XDS. Thank you again, XDS will be a huge part of our success in the coming years.

  • XDS is a summit with a focus. I can get months’ worth of work done there in a few days.... Read More
    Miguel E. Corti, Localization Manager, Capcom Japan
  • XDS is a summit with a focus. I can get months’ worth of work done there in a few days.

  • 2017 was another great year at XDS! Unique event in the sense that all the people we meet are relevant for our business. Solid... Read More
    Guillaume Monier, COO, Glass Egg Digital Media
  • 2017 was another great year at XDS! Unique event in the sense that all the people we meet are relevant for our business. Solid and consistent organization, it is definitely a “not to be missed” event on my calendar.

  • I was delighted to have the chance to sit on an exec panel at XDS and engage with our development partners about trends, issues,... Read More
    Mike Verdu, Senior VP, Electronic Arts
  • I was delighted to have the chance to sit on an exec panel at XDS and engage with our development partners about trends, issues, and opportunities in external development. I was delighted to see senior execs from other important companies on the stage with me.