The Largest Independent Games Festival in Latin America Announces its First Online Conference this June with the Full Festival to Return for Its 8th Year in January 2021
The 8th full and presencial BIG Festival edition, bringing its usual three structuring pillars, games festival, lectures and face-to-face business rounds, has been rescheduled for January 2021. The event takes place from January 27th to 31st, 2021, at Frei Caneca Convention Center, in São Paulo.
"Our matchmaking tool, developed to book and hold presencial meetings, has been adapted for online meetings", explains Gustavo Steinberg, Director of BIG. Following the trend of major international game festivals, such as Pocket Gamer Connects Digital and GamesBeat Summit, BIG Digital takes place in 2020 with this new format. The online edition also meets the wishes of Brazilian and Latin American developers, who were lacking business networking opportunities due to the cancellation of part of the annual agenda of the industry.
"BIG Digital will be fundamental to help with the export of games and services from Brazilian game companies. Organizing meetings with publishers, buyers and international investors will be essential to guarantee the growth of the Brazilian game industry, even during this difficult moment that we are all going through. ", says Eliana Russi, executive manager of Brazil Games - the export program created by the Brazilian Independent Game Companies Association, ABRAGAMES, in partnership with Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.
BIG Digital takes place from 22nd to 26th June. In addition to business meetings, the event will also have online sessions on the Brazilian game industry. The complete program and the opening of registrations for both lectures and meetings will be announced shortly.
About BIG Festival
BIG Festival, which received more than 20,000 visitors last year, 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 more than USD 63 million in games-related business will result over the next 12 months based on these connections.
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 for 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. Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, 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