With support from the Brazil Games Export Program, a partnership between the Brazilian Game Companies Association, ABRAGAMES, and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), BIG Festival carries on the tradition of providing a fundamental business hub for video game professionals across the globe through its lectures, networking events, and face-to-face meetings.
The eighth edition of BIG Festival will take place at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in São Paulo from May 5 to May 9, 2021, with programming available both at the physical show and online. BIG returns with a renewed focus on its three core pillars — lectures from highly respected industry professionals, face-to-face and virtual business meetings, and the expansive and fan-favorite consumer festival. BIG Festival is also pleased to bring back the International Independent Games Contest, which features 18 awards categories and gives independent teams a chance to showcase their creations to an audience of their peers and the world.
“We are excited to once again bring together developers, publishers, and video game industry leaders to meet and learn from each other,” said Gustavo Steinberg, President of BIG Festival. “We look forward to sharing the games developed by so many talented independent studios during the consumer festival and Independent Game Competition, along with the knowledge and experience of some of the industry’s brightest minds during the festival’s panels and lecture sessions.”
Studios who wish to submit their game or lecture suggestion may do so on the official BIG Festival site: https://www.bigfestival.com.br/index.html.
BIG Festival has helped countless independent game studios flourish by providing a place for fundamental and meaningful meetings and networking events to take place. BIG Festival invites past attendees to share their own stories of how the annual event has helped them by submitting their own testimonials. Those who wish to do so may submit a testimonial or suggestion through the form found here: https://uberstrategist.link/BIG-Festival-Testimonials.
About BIG Festival
BIG Festival, which received more than 20,000 visitors in 2019, is the largest and most important game festival in Latin America. Since 2012, the event has become a central meeting point for studios to attend lectures and workshops, network, and meet with industry peers to learn more about the business of gaming. BIG has helped hundreds of innovative games from all over the world connect with an international audience. Networking opportunities held at the event generated more than 4,000 meetings between 630 game industry professionals from 34 countries. BIG estimates that BIG Festival 2019 resulted in more than USD 63 million in games-related business based on these connections. For more information about the upcoming event, visit the official website: https://www.bigfestival.com.br/.
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About the Games Industry and Brazil
Brazil is now the 13th largest video game market in the world and second in Latin America, only to Mexico. The $1.6 billion (USD) Brazilian games industry has nearly doubled in size since 2014, and the number of local gamers reached 75.7 million as of 2018, making Brazil the fourth-largest consumer market in the world. Half of both men and women in Brazil play mobile games, while roughly 40 percent of men and women play PC games, according to Newzoo. Purchase intent is healthy as well, as 83 percent of gamers in the region have made an in-game purchase within the past six months.
About Brazil Games
Brazil Games is the export program created by the Brazilian Independent Game Companies Association, ABRAGAMES, in partnership with Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Our goal is to promote the Brazilian Indie Game industry internationally, developing new business opportunities for our companies. The Brazil Games Program also promotes Brazil as the hub for business in Latin America and invites buyers, investors, and publishers to BIG Festival, Brazil's Independent Games Festival, the most important international indie games festival, and the hub for international business in Latin America.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. The Agency's efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, the arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad. Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events, and providing support to foreign investors interested in allocating resources in Brazil.