What started as a one-off for students of Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy to test their games is quickly becoming the must-attend event for Orlando’s thriving indie gaming community. Kenny Baker, a student in UCF’s FIEA program, partnered with A Comic Shop’s Geek Easy in May to give fellow students a chance to get the games they’re working on into the hands of the public. May’s event packed The Geek Easy with 150 attendees!
I got the opportunity to attend their June event, which featured two more FIEA games and two games from local developers, Astro Crow and Depth First Games. The Geek Easy is the perfect place for an event like this as it’s already a hot spot for Orlando’s geek and gamer communities and their bar keeps the event light and relaxed.
Once the developers are set up and the night is in full swing, each development team gets the opportunity to come onto the stage and talk about their game. So far, each event has only had four or five games, which means you can get a chance to test them all with ease and have enough time with each game to give the developers the feedback they need.
July’s event is set for the 8th and it’s going to bring back the five FIEA games that they’ve featured previous. It’s their chance to get these games back into your hands “so they can show you the changes you’ve helped them make!”
I got to talk with Kenny Baker about the future of Beta Builds & Brews and he told me his inbox is full of local developers looking to take part. Nothing has been announced as of yet but August is shaping up to be all games from local developers. “There’s plenty of talent here.” he told me as we discussed the Orlando gaming community and trying to get it more recognition.
I love Beta Builds & Brews and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow. Not only is it a great opportunity to get games in the hands of the public, but it’s also a great place to network for developers and for people trying to get into game development.