The 2023 edition of the BIG Festival was the biggest ever, with more than 50 thousand participants throughout the festival. Furthermore, the event reached three million people online, impacting 20 million people.
This year, the BIG Festival received more than 8 thousand requests for meetings between companies in the sector. In total, 725 companies from 56 countries participated, 482 of which were Brazilian. In total, 1,486 industry professionals were registered. Additionally, through the BIG Festival Business Platform, more than 900 games were submitted for commercial opportunities. The festival was also attended by 1,100 influencers, who participated in more than 300 Meet & Greet sessions. Participants also had access to more than 256 lectures, which totaled 200 hours of programming.
In addition to the records achieved, the BIG Festival 2023 was marked by the worldwide launch of two Atari games in Brazil: Quantum: Recharged and Haunted House. The event also hosted the global launch of the trailer for Martial Arts Tycoon: Brazil, developed by Good Dog Studios and led by Chance Glasco. In total, BIG had the participation of 156 publishers, more than 240 titles, 50 releases and 50 studios with playable games.
During the festival, the public can follow and photograph several cosplayers, who paid homage to their favorite games and embarked on the spirit of BIG. See below some of the cosplayers who attended the event.
Among the speakers who excited the audience were Takashi Tokita and Chance Glasco, who gave unforgettable presentations and were present at several moments of the event. BIG Festival has already announced next year's dates: from June 26th to 30th, 2024, at São Paulo Expo. Wait for more news to come. See more HERE.
Google for Games, together with the Cloud, Play, Ads, Monetization and Youtube teams, was present at BIG 2023 to contribute to game developers and also expand their operations on the global stage.
Shortly after BIG, Google announced the Indie Games Fund, a program that will invest around 10 million reais to support independent game developers in Latin America. The program, which is in its second edition, will benefit ten Latin American game developers and studios that have already launched a game on any platform.
The Indie Games Fund will also offer technical support, training and monitoring for recipients, who must make their game available on the Google Play app store and offer it on the Google Play Pass subscription service.
Registration closed on September 1, 2023.
The BIG Awards is a classic award ceremony that takes place at the Festival, where selected jurors and the popular vote are responsible for choosing the best games within the categories in which they were nominated. Below we have the names of the winning games and developers of the BIG 2023 edition:
- SEASON: A letter to the future | Developer: Scavengers Studios (Canada)
Best game: Brazil
- Bloodless | Developer: Point N’ Sheep
Best game: Latin America
- What Lies in the Multiverse | Developer: IguanaBee & Studio Voyage (Chile)
Best new game:
- Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical | Developer: Summerfall Studios (Australia)
BIG Educational Impact
- Turma das Patinhas (Scrooge Class) | Developer: Crenix Games (Brazil)
BIG Impact: Social Issues
- Atuel | Developer: Matajuegos (Argentina)
BIG Impact: Diversity
- A Year of Springs | Developer: npckc (Japan)
- YUKI MRrcade Mode | Developer: ARVORE Immersive Experiences (Brazil)
- Sunday Gold | Developer: Tmesis Studio (Italy)
- SEASON: A letter to the Future | Developer: Scavengers Studio (Canada)
- RAILGRADE | Developer: Minkata Dynamics (Japan)
- Touch Type Tale | Developer: Pumpernickel Studio (Germany)
- Doorfs: hammers for hire | Developer: Ravegan (Argentina)
Best Children's Game
- Turma das Patinhas (Scrooge Class) | Developer: Crenix Games (Brazil)
Best Mobile Game
- Sequenza | Desenvolvedor: An Otter Game Studio (Argentina)
Best Student Game
- Animal Planner | Developer: MittagPause Studio (Aalto University) (China)
- A pet shop after dark | Developer: npckc (Japan)
Brazil Direct - Best Pitch
- Wheel Stars | Developer: IzyPlay Game Studio
Gamescom is recognized as one of the most important and anticipated events on the global gaming calendar. With an impressive scope, the event brings together developers, gamers, enthusiasts and industry professionals in an atmosphere of celebration and innovation.
Abragames' participation in gamescom was an incredible opportunity for our developers to showcase their games, make contacts with international partners, share knowledge and find inspiration in the latest trends in the sector.
Gamescom was a global showcase for Brazilian creativity. And the country's representatives did well in the year in which the country was the Country Partner of the biggest gaming event in the world. The Brazilian stand was a success in the B2B area, with many people visiting to learn about Brazilian projects and schedule meetings with professionals in the games sector. German and Brazilian authorities, such as the Brazilian Ambassador to Germany, Roberto Jaguaribe, who participated in the opening ceremonies of gamescom 2023, circulated around the Brazilian stand.
See the pictures below to have an idea of the agenda.
Aoca Game Lab
Arvore Immersive Experiences
Beta 2 Games
BIG Festival Ltda
Clap Clap Games
Cyan Heart Studio
Druid Creative Gaming e Comunicação
Evo Game Studio
Game Audio Sounds
Games Dev Hub
Hermit Crab Game Studio
Hyper Dive Studio
Ignite Game Studio
Infinity Green Game Studio
Izyplay Game Studio
Luski Game Studio
Mr. Dev Studio
Radioativa Game Sounds
Smash Mountain Studio
Sorora Game Studio
Yellow Panda Games
Right after gamescom 2023, on August 29th and 30th, a delegation, which had the support of Abragames and traveled at the invitation of Business Finland, was in Helsinki to participate in Mission Finland.
The delegation of eleven national game development studios completed a vast agenda, with meetings with important people for the gaming ecosystem in Finland, a country well known for hosting large companies in the sector, especially in the mobile segment.
The Brazil Games Export Program is the export program created by the Brazilian Game Companies Association, Brazil Games Association, in partnership with ApexBrasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Our goal is to promote the Brazilian 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.
BRAZILIAN GAME COMPANIES ASSOCIATION
Brazil Games Association, the Brazilian Game Companies Association, was founded in 2004 and represents Brazilian studios developing games on various platforms. Besides catalyzing the game production in the country by training and promoting expertise, Brazil Games Association aims at making Brazilian creativity and technology available to the main players of the international game industry.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. The Agency supports more than 12,000 companies from 80 different industries, which in turn export to 200 markets. ApexBrasil also plays a key role in attracting foreign direct investment to Brazil, working to detect business opportunities, promoting strategic events and providing support to foreign investors interested in allocating resources in Brazil.
Disclaimer: Sponsored events and games showcased on this Newsletter may not reflect Abragames/Brazil Games opinion.