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
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What attendees are saying!

  • 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.

  • I am a massive fan of XDS! Great location! Great talks! Great networking!... Read More
    Natalia Craddock, Principal Vendor Analyst, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • I am a massive fan of XDS! Great location! Great talks! Great networking!

  • I had been interested in XDS for the past few years and was able to make it work. My approach is to build relationships... Read More
    Michael Roche, Director of Production, Integrated Play at Hasbro
  • I had been interested in XDS for the past few years and was able to make it work. My approach is to build relationships with future partners and we are already off to a great start. I can tell that I’ll attend in 2019. The size of the show felt perfect and the location was fantastic!

  • 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!

  • XDS is an opportunity to help grow a collaborative industry between partners to foster and create amazing experiences.... Read More
    Nikki Roth, Senior Technical Animator, Google Daydream
  • XDS is an opportunity to help grow a collaborative industry between partners to foster and create amazing experiences.

  • 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 is a summit with a focus. I can get months’ worth of work done there in a few days.... Read More
    Miguel E. Corti, Senior Manager, Global Production, 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.