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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

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XDS 2024

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event advancing external development

The only annual, international games industry event
with the primary focus on advancing external development

Don’t miss out – XDS 2024 is shaping up to be the best edition yet! Join over 200 unique Service Provider companies from over 40 countries for networking, knowledge-sharing and surprises. It is the premier event where deals are sealed and partnerships forged.

PLUS! New for 2024  – September 3rd is XDS Jumpstart Day! 

Maximize your XDS experience by kickstarting your networking and business before the official first day of XDS! XDS Connect Zone will now be open on Tuesday – giving you four full days of meeting opportunities. Plus, make new connections at the Registration Welcome Drink! 

Thank you to our outstanding community! Since going on sale, the allotted passes for Service Providers have sold out. The integrity of XDS depends on a healthy balance of Service Providers and Developers/Publishers in attendance, and we are pleased to report that this has been achieved for XDS 2024.

Established in 2013, 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 2024 will welcome back hundreds of professionals from around the world September 3 – 6, 2024 for an unforgettable experience packed full of valuable networking, knowledge sharing, and surprise social events!


XDS 2024 Speakers

Marc-Alexis Côté

Ubisoft

Marc-Alexis Côté

Marc-Alexis Côté

Marc-Alexis Côté, VP & Executive Producer

Ubisoft

Marc-Alexis has held a multitude of roles within Ubisoft over the last 19 years, ranging from Engineering, to Creative Direction, to Producing and now VP Executive Producer of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. His master's degree in Software Engineering and experience in creative roles give him a fresh view on game production which is reflected in the variety of titles he’s worked on, notably on the Prince of Persia, Immortals Fenyx Rising and the Assassin’s Creed brands.

    Caroline Calaway

    Riot Games

    Caroline Calaway

    Caroline Calaway

    Caroline Calaway, Senior Game Producer

    Riot Games

    Caroline brings over 11 years of expertise in the games industry, specializing in external development, fostering healthy partnerships, and spearheading initiatives for positive social impact. As a Senior Game Producer at Riot Games, she is a key member of the central external development team, focusing on relationship management with Riot's external game dev partners. Previously at EA, Caroline honed her skills in both game production and external development best practices. Known for her leadership and innovative approach, Caroline is passionate about building partnerships, driving social impact through gaming and implementing methodologies that are both efficient and human-centric through creative problem-solving.

      Nicole West

      West Studio

      Nicole West

      Nicole West

      Nicole West, Co-Founder/Head of Operations

      West Studio

      Nic (Nicole) West is an experienced entertainment professional passionate about curating and developing inspired teams to create quality content. She is the Co-Founder and Head of Operations at West Studio and the Chair and Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California's Division of Animation and Digital Arts. Her professional path has led her to a career in creative production and studio management. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented, passionate and creative individuals at: DreamWorks Television Animation and Feature Animation, Electronic Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, Babel Media and Brash Entertainment.

        Phil Knowles

        Amazon Games

        Phil Knowles

        Phil Knowles

        Phil Knowles, Senior Co-Dev and Outsourcing Program Manager

        Amazon Games

        Phil is the Co-Dev and Outsource Lead for Amazon Games. He has over 30 years of game development experience as a Content Creator, Art Director and Program Manager. Phil guides the strategy and implementation of external development across Amazon Games, supporting all development teams, disciplines and central groups. He manages partner relationships, and builds the systems and processes that lead to successful outcomes.

          Nathalia Karmaluk

          Wildlife Studios

          Nathalia Karmaluk

          Nathalia Karmaluk

          Nathalia Karmaluk, External Development Manager

          Wildlife Studios

          Nathalia joined Wildlife Studios in 2019 to create the company’s External Development team and establish its processes. Since then, she has helped grow the team, overseeing workflows, creating bridges with other internal departments, and managing 100+ partners from different game art disciplines, QA, UXR, and Localization. She has worked on all the company’s live games and is now focused on helping create new games by building successful relationships with external partners.

            Marc-Alexis Côté

            Ubisoft

            Marc-Alexis Côté

            Caroline Calaway

            Riot Games

            Caroline Calaway

            Nicole West

            West Studio

            Nicole West

            Phil Knowles

            Amazon Games

            Phil Knowles

            Nathalia Karmaluk

            Wildlife Studios

            Nathalia Karmaluk

            Take a look at our video featuring XDS 2023 to get a sneak peek of what’s in store! We would also like to express our immense gratitude to everyone who attended our event in Vancouver at XDS 2023. It was an incredible experience filled with opportunities for learning, networking, and enjoyable social interactions. We can’t wait to do it all over again this year!

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            What attendees are saying

            Philip Dennison

            XDS is my favorite week of the year. Very professional, very fun, unmatched opportunity to meet with potential partners, collect industry intel, network, and contribute to XDS's consistent focus on cooperation, ethical practices, and the health of the industry.

            Philip Dennison

            External Dev Producer, Psyonix / Epic
            Laurent Lugbull

            XDS is a unique occasion to meet peers, partners and explore what our industry has to offer and is up to. The best event to develop and strengthen the bonds between Game Developers and Service Providers.

            Laurent Lugbull

            Procurement Strategy Director, Ubisoft
            Shiew Loh

            A conference dedicated for those involved in external development, to create opportunity for connection, collaboration, growth and earning. Most importantly, transforming the game external development industry into a Community.

            Shiew Loh

            Senior OS Manager, Riot Games

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