This semester has been amazing (and quite busy) for Brazilian game companies. Brazil Games associates have attended three great events around the world to share their experiences, meet people and do business.
The Brazil Games Export Program promotes the Brazilian games industry globally, developing new business leads and branding Brazil as the go-to place for business. It was created in 2013, by the Brazilian Game Companies Association, Abragames, in partnership with Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.
Brazil Games has attended Gamescom, in Germany, from August 20th to 24th, External Development Summit, in Canada, from September 4th to 6th, and for the first time Tokyo Game Show, in Japan, from September 12th to 15th. We also had great Brazilian talents being highlighted in each of them and you will find this information below.
Apart from that, we are also getting ready for Game Connection Europe, in France, this month. It will take place from October 29th to 31st, which will close our year's events schedule. Tetragon, by Cafundo Creative Studio, is the only Brazilian game nominated for the Game Connection Development Awards Europe 2019. The game is running for The Best Mobile and Best Quality of Art awards.
Brazil game industry will also be a theme in the panel Brazil: The Next Super Territory for Games, which will present a brief overview of the Brazilian game landscape and ecosystem and why game companies should be mapping this new territory.
We are also bringing up some games which highlighted Brazilian cultural heritage in their narrative. These games are also raising gender and racial discussions and showing women and mixed-race protagonists in their gameplay. It is really worth knowing them!
August 20th - 24th
This year's Gamescom was a great edition for Brazil Games delegation. Gamescom is already considered as one of the most important events for Brazil Games. In 2019, for the third time, Brazil Games gathered a record number of 21 talented companies to represent Brazil's ingenuity and proficiency in game development and services such as: software and external development for consoles, mobile, PC, VR, marketing, PR, live ops, audio, arts and game design.
The highlight was the game DOLMEN, by Massive Work Studio, representing Brazil in the Indie Arena Booth.
Dolmen is a different game, developed to demanding players! It’s an Action RPG in third person, where Sci-Fi and Cosmic Horror have mixed in an engrossing gameplay experience! In it, he will be introduced to the alien world of Revion Prime, as supposed only survivor of a crew of astronauts, abducted in a distant future. Adaptation and exploration will be his main weapons. The Game will be launch for PC, XBox, PS4, Switch on the Q2 2020. More infos at: https://dolmenthegame.com
September 4th- 6th
Eight Brazilian companies attended the External Development Summit in Vancouver, Canada, from September 4th to 6th. XDS is the only annual, international game industry event with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization. This year, XDS has broken an attendance record: over 650 attendees with a near 50/50 split between Devs/Publishers & Service Providers. 45 countries represented have managed to participate in 2.300 meetings!
Tokyo Game Show
September 12th to 15th
For the first time, Brazil Games travelled to Japan with a delegation of 3 great Brazilian companies. TGS is the largest game event in Asia, this year, with the theme "One world, Infinite Joy", total attendance for TGS topped 262,076 visitors. 40 countries and regions were represented during 4 days in the event.
One of the Brazilian highlights at TGS 2019, Sky Racket, by Double Dash Studio, was at the Samsung stage of Tokyo Game Show 2019: the launch trailer was shown and the game was played for 20 minutes in a big screen on stage!
In addition, Dangen Entertainment (publisher) has announced that the game will be released worldwide for PC on October 22nd.
It was a finalist at BIG Festival 2019 in the Best Brazilian Game and Best Game Play categories, it was also showcased at Pax East and Games XP in 2019. The game is a mix of western and eastern culture, Sky Racket brings two protagonists armed only with laser tennis rackets, and their mission is to save the galaxy. Release Reel Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8CA0kR93-Q. Link to the game on Steam: http://bit.ly/SteamSkyRacket
Game Connection Europe
October 29th t0 31st
Brazil Games will land at Game Connection Europe, GCE, in Paris, from October 29th to 31st, with a delegation of 7 companies, (Cafundó Estúdio Criativo, Diorama, Fira Soft, GamePlan, Hermit Crab Game Studio, Kokku, Smash Mountain) and 15 talented entrepreneurs, Brazil Games travels for the seventh time this year, encouraging Brazilian entrepreneurs to do business abroad.
For the first time, Brazil has a spot at GCE: the Panel Brazil: The Next Super Territory for Games, which it will present a brief overview of the Brazilian game landscape and ecosystem and the reason why game companies should be mapping this new territory.
According to Eliana Russi, Executive Manager of Brazil Games and the host of the session, “The panel will bring an overview of the Brazilian market and best practices to do business in Brazil". Companies interested or curious about the Brazilian game scene and market are welcome.
To know more: Brazil: The Next Super Territory for Games is October 30th, from 2 pm - 3 pm, at room 1
Tetragon, by Cafundo Creative Studio, is the only Brazilian game nominated for the Game Connection Development Awards Europe 2019. Tetragon is running for The Best Mobile and Best Quality of Art awards.
We don't know about you, but Brazil Games is already planning for next year! 2020 is almost around the corner. We will be launching our 2020 Event's Calendar by the end of November. Stay tuned, keep in touch and see you next year!
BIG Festival 2020- Save the Date
We LOVE BIG Festival! It is so great to see so many people around and host (you, guys!) in our home. Just to let you know and save the date: BIG Festival 2020 will take place in the last week of June in São Paulo, Brazil!
Pixel Ripped, by Arvore, is back! Next Spring, Pixel Ripped 1989's fans will have a new game set in 1995.
To save multiple dimensions, our hero Dot recruits the help of David, the best gamer from 1995. The game was praised at PlayStation.Blog and one of the most waited games for PSVR.
Game production highlights Brazilian culture
One of the examples is “Arida: Backland’s Awakening”, by the studio Aoca Game Lab. After the studio attended Gamescom, Arida downloads by German users dramatically increased.
According to Filipe Pereira, when speaking with the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, founder of Aoca Games studio, Brazilians are less than half of "Arida" players. So far, they represent 47%. Americans are second, about 30%, “perhaps because of the strong gaming culture,” says Pereira. Then, it is followed by Germany, France, and Canada.
Arida tells the story of Cicera, a young woman who tries to survive in the Bahia state backlands in the late 19th century. The game combines state of the art graphics and a provocative gameplay which brings the player even more deeper inside the narrative.
"The King of Backwoods", by Ignite Game Studio
Another example, "The King of Backwoods", by Ignite Game Studio, is a VR Game inspired by Lampião, the king of gunslingers of the backwoods in Brazil. After being killed in an ambush, the most famous gunslinger of the Brazilian backwoods discovers that before his judgment, he must return to earth and hunt down demons and free renegade spirits. It will be launched in the last quarter of 2020 and will be available at Steam and Oculus Store.
“Dandara”, by Long Hat House
Other Brazilian game recently launched which brings a non-white female protagonist is “Dandara”, by Long Hat House. It is already considered a stunning game which was voted by Time magazine as one of the best in 2018, along with "Super Mario Party", "God of War" and "Red Dead Redemption 2". The game is inspired by Dandara dos Palmares, a heroin and (also) wife of Zumbi dos Palmares, one of the great Brazilian heroes who fighted against the slavery.
"Araní", by Diorama Digital
Finally, one more example worth mentioning is "Araní", by Diorama Digital, which is still in testing phase, and stars an indigenous female warrior. The game is based on successful traditional franchises such as "Devil May Cry" and "God of War."
GAMES MADE IN BRAZIL ABOUT BRAZILIAN CULTURE
- "Arida": Backland’s Awakening’ - Created by a historian, set in 19th century in Bahia
- "Araní" - Still in development, its protagonist is an indigenous female warrior and the soundtrack is on Tupi language
- "Dandara" - Standed out by Time magazine as one of the best games of 2018, it is inspired by Dandara dos Palmares, a Brazilian heroin who fighted for the liberation of the slaves
- "The King of Backwoods", by Ignite Game Studio, is a VR Game inspired at Lampião, the king of the gunslingers of the backwoods. The game will be launched on the last quarter of 2020 for Steam and Oculus Store.