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The makers of The Virtual Report launch new PC site and event

The makers of The Virtual Report launch new PC site and event

Our parent company, Steel Media, today unveiled its brand new PC games industry website PC Games Insider.

Together with a new PC Connects event (launching at the PG Connects Helsinki conference on September 19-20th) this underpins a concerted move into the PC games space. PC Connects will take place alongside our own XR Connects conference, as well as the long-established PG Connects, in Helsinki this September, and again in London in January.

The b2b PC editorial content – run by editor Alex Calvin, formerly of MCV – will be comprehensive in its coverage of the revitalised PC scene. From behemoth triple-A projects to HTML5 browser titles by way of smaller indie titles, what the biggest hardware firms are up to and the burgeoning eSports scene, PCGamesInsider.biz will cover every aspect of the games industry’s most interesting area. In doing so, it will provide insight and analysis into the market to help readers get the most out of the sector. Expect key industry news, and interviews from events like Gamescom and GDC with the PC's most important developers, publishers, investors and innovators. There'll be regular profiles of indie developers, success stories and case studies, a panel of experts tracking each week's top stories, and more. Indie PC games will be invited to take part in the PC Indie Pitch, already a highlight of the calendar for mobile and VR titles.

The new website supports a live event taking place for the first time in Helsinki in September 2017.

One of the launch features on the site today is the PCGamesInsider.biz Top 20 PC Developers To Watch 2017 list. It details studios doing something interesting or different in the current games market, whether they be triple-A vets or industry newcomers. The list highlights some of the most interesting, ambitious and successful teams and projects around at the moment. "We have everything from indie studios who are using the latest tech to make insanely ambitious titles to triple-A vets who have gone indie and are putting new spins on classic ideas," said editor Alex Calvin.

He continued: "I’m delighted to be heading up PCGamesInsider.biz, Steel Media’s venture into the PC market. This is without a doubt the most exciting sector in today’s games industry, where some of the most innovative and ground breaking experimentation with both game design and business models takes place. At launch we have interviews with Brendan Greene about the smash hit Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Deus Ex creator Warren Spector telling us what he has learnt in his 30 years in games, indie developers Christine Love and Dodge Roll Games on why their projects have been successes, Cliff Bleszinski talking to us about why he returned to games development for the innovative shooter Lawbreakers, while Mark Morris of Introversion tell us why he thinks Scanner Sombre flopped."

PC Games Insider joins Steel Media's business network which already covers the mobile and VR/AR/MR industries.

CEO and company founder Chris James added: "Steel Media's core is and will always remain in the mobile gaming space, that’s not changing and we’re actually increasing resource to support our activities there. However we recognise that our partners are interested in opportunities elsewhere and the PC space in particular is looking increasingly attractive for many in the mobile space."

James continued: “Following on from our launches into the AR/VR space last year, 2017's ventures are all about adding more benefit and utility to our industry platforms. Including PC in our online coverage and event series was inevitable and it's off to a fantastic start with Alex Calvin in the editor's role and Alex Boucher heading up the sales team."

To get involved or submit PC press releases contact [email protected]. For commercial opportunities contact [email protected]. If you would like to speak about PC gaming topics at a Steel Media conference, please fill in the speaker submission form.

Chief Operations Officer

Dave is Steel Media's Chief Operations Officer. He gets involved in all areas of the business, from front page editorial to behind-the-scenes planning. He began his career in games and entertainment journalism back in the 1990s when Doom arrived on four floppy disks. Please contact him with any general queries about Pocket Gamer, The Virtual Report and Steel Media's other sites and events.

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