So I'v been hobby programming games for a few years now but never released anything.
This year I was thinking about deepening my knowledge of the industry and doing some networking buy going to some trade shows and maybe taking part in a contest.
My first instinct was try E3 but that is not open to the public and is in america :(
So what I want to know is what shows and contest are held in the UK for game development.
I have found this difficult to Google when you as I am not sure what I am even looking for so if anyone has any recommendations. Ideally the show would have elements dedicated to design and development of games instead of just previewing the new releases.
Any information on any game competition would be great no matter the level.