By Kate Madley

The Wales Games Development Show will return to Cardiff next month (June 26), giving Welsh-based businesses the opportunity to profile the fast growing digital media sector in Wales.

Held at the Wales Millennium Centre, the show highlights the talent and expertise in the sector to the wider UK market.

With over 350 visitors and 30 exhibitors at last year’s inaugural event, the Wales Games Development Show 2013 is set to build on that success.

“The show will be a great opportunity to showcase the talented games and interactive development companies and projects from across the digital media industry in Wales,” said David Banner managing director of Wales Interactive, organisers of the event.

“It will also be a good chance to network, find talent, gain experience and obtain knowledge about a wide array of topics related to games development and publishing industry.”

This year the event is sponsored by the Welsh Government, and Economy Minister Edwina Hart believes it is an excellent platform for Welsh games and interactive entertainment development companies to promote their products.

“The Welsh Government is sponsoring this event because of the opportunities it presents to highlight the work that’s coming out of Wales and the talent and support network here for the creative industries sector,” she said.

“It will also promote Wales as an attractive location for companies working in this rapidly expanding, high value sector and I am delighted the event is set to attract some of the key players in the UK.

“Games development is a highly competitive and rapidly growing area of the economy which is supported by the Welsh Government through our Digital Development Fund that is helping to bring an exciting range of new games and apps onto the market.”

Spread over two exhibition halls and a large networking area, the show is open to the public and will host the inaugural BAFTA in Wales Games Awards ceremony, BAFTA in Wales lectures and workshops, master classes from the BBC and UK Interactive Entertainment, as well as a BAFTA Games Question Time.

To book a visitor or exhibition space, visit http://walesgamesdevelopmentshow2013-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/.