Brazil Games Association informed that registration is already closed for members who are planning to go to Kidscreen, GCA and GDC with association's support. The team, which is finalizing the material to be presented at the events, is already getting organized to start working on the next events of 2023. Stay tuned so you don't miss deadlines to participate in the opportunities presented by the association.
Between June 28th and July 2nd, 2023, the BIG Festival, the largest festival of games, creation, business and networking in Latin America, is going to happen at São Paulo Expo, in São Paulo, Brazil. The event will also be available online.
Brazil Games (the Brazilian Games Export Program), which is carried out by Brazil Games Association (Brazilian Games Companies Association) and ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), will be a partner of BIG Festival also in 2023.
The event has opened submissions for the BIG Festival Awards, which rewards the best games from independent developers around the world in several categories and includes cash prizes for some of them. The event will accept all types of games, from any platform, published or unpublished, but that can be played by the Festival Selection Committee. Games already released commercially will be accepted as long as they have been presented to the market within two years of the festival date.
Creators interested in showing its games need to be aware: the submissions close on February 28, 2023, at 23:59 (Brasília time) - the access is free and can be made through the BIG Festival website.
BIG 2022: In its 10th edition, held in 2022, the results recorded by BIG Festival broked records. The festival took place in July and hosted around 30 thousand visitors for four days. There were more than 120 million interactions on social media and more than 300 million in partner profiles. Six thousand business meetings were scheduled during the festival, with a record number of companies: there were 669, of which 429 were from Brazil. More than 1,300 professionals from the gaming market were at BIG Festival. The business developed at BIG Festival 2022 also increased impressively: the event drove around half a billion reais (R$ 500,000,000), about US$ 100 million.
The conferences are also an important attraction of the event. Among the speakers there will be national and international industry's leaders, who will discuss relevant subjects for the games community. The content will be prepared and curated by Abragames.
Here's what Viva Games says: "The Cyclopes are looking forward to challenging you to epic fights, boss battles and puzzles. We've been working tirelessly on this update as we want to bring the best content and changes to our gaming community. Kakele Online is an open-world 2D cross-platform game, an Online RPG. In Kakele, you join players from all over the world to fight monsters, explore mysterious caves, complete tasks and quests, collect items and much more!
We've read hundreds of comments on Reddit and Discord, and that's helped shape new things to come and things were changing in the game. Thank you very much for your support so far. We've grown our team from 5 people to 9 people in total and in 2023 we're bringing some of them into full-time positions!
And finally, we founded the company ViVa Games! Here is the expected changelog for the Kakele 4.3 update. That's a lot of changes - we're showcasing some of them and look forward to hearing your feedback to align and improve everything before launch."
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From video games to television! This month, the Box Kids TV channel starts showing Starlit Toons, an animation based on the video game Starlit Adventures. In small doses of fun, the animated series – can also be found in comics and video games or mobile – Starlit Toons presents everyday situations in which the characters Bo, Kikki and their gang entertain, teach and collaborate in developing children's curiosity and the whole family.
The attraction, created and developed by the Brazilian Rockhead Studios, explores the possibilities of a fantastic universe full of epic adventures and many challenges. The first ten episodes seek to start an unprecedented adventure in the world of Starlit, presenting the universe from a new perspective in order to complement what already exists in Starlit games for PlayStation, XBOX and Nintendo Switch video games, as well as comic books.
The ten episodes of the first season of the animation will be shown from this Sunday, January 8th, in small doses of fun throughout the day on the Box Kids channel. Starlit Toons can also be watched on the Box Brazil Play streaming platform.
In addition to Starlit Toons being great content for the channel's children's audience, the rapprochement between the companies also occurred because both Rockhead and the Box Brazil Group, of which Box Kids is a part, are neighbors in the Tecnopuc complex in Porto Alegre/ RS. The site is an ecosystem that houses public and private companies, from the most different fields of activity, in a community format aimed at bringing them together, exchanging ideas, experiences, products and services.
Box Kids TV is a channel that invites the public to open “their box of surprises” and explore the full potential of their imagination. With a program rich in diversity of stories that mix learning, fun, entertainment, and pedagogy. It presents national and international dubbed productions for the age group from 0 to 7 years old. Box Kids TV is part of the Grupo Box Brazil channel portfolio and is available both for the PAY TV market and the OTT market on Digital Platforms. It is available on Vivo Fibra-IPTV: channels 561 and 61 HD, Vivo DTH1: 323 and 833 HD, Vivo DTH2: channel 30, and also live on the Box Brazil Play platform.
Starlit is an award-winning transmedia franchise that started with Starlit Adventures, released for iOS and Android in 2015, for PS4 in 2018, and Xbox and Switch in 2020. The platform game captivated the public and became a highlight in Apple, Google, and Sony, reaching No. 2 in China's iOS Apps section in its launch week. Over 16 million have played Starlit Adventures on mobile devices, and the console version has surpassed 5 million players. In 2016, the game won the BIG Festival as Best Brazilian Game, and also won Best Game by SBGames and Best Casual Game at the JinLing Awards in China. In 2017, Starlit Archery Club was released for mobile phones, which also became one of the best mobile games in Latin America, according to the Google Play Indie Game Festival. In 2019, Starlit On Wheels won the best mobile game category at BIG Festival 2019 and Starlit KART Racing won best mobile game at SBGames 2021, being released for PlayStation and XBOX in 2022 and reaching the mark of 1 million players in a few months. The Starlit brand also expanded into other media, with comics in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Mandarin that reached more than 250,000 readers.
To keep up with news on this and other Rockhead titles, follow the studio on their official social networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Rockhead Studios was created in 2011 by Christian Lykawka and Fernando D'Andrea in Porto Alegre (Brazil) to develop games for PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The founders brought to Rockhead more than two decades of experience producing games in their previous studio, Southlogic, which worked on projects for platforms such as Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, PS Vita, PC, XBOX, XBOX 360, GameCube, Nintendo DS and acted as Ubisoft Porto Alegre from 2008 to 2010. Today Rockhead uses all this talent to create games with its intellectual properties, such as the Starlit series, which encompasses several video games in addition to comics and animation.
Shuhei Yoshida, Head of Indie Initiatives at Sony Interactive Entertainment, chose his five favorite Brazilian indie games. The executive's choice was disclosed by Playstation Brasil, on its Instagram page. Shuhei Yoshida was at the 2022 BIG Festival as one of the main speakers. His speech and participation in the event were praised by all participants.
"Spacelines From The Far Out" is a 2022 video game developed by Coffeenauts, which allows the player to take control of a commercial space liner company, responsible for transporting customers along established space paths.
While the game itself is irreverent and wraps itself in a kitschy 1950s 'space race' aesthetic, its subject matter couldn't be more relevant to modern discussions of the lightning pace at which the commercial space travel industry is growing. With commercial entities like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin set to join new players in the coming years, experts in the field are predicting that affordable suborbital travel will be available to most of us within a few decades.
"Spacelines From The Far Out" launches on Xbox Game Pass, which means you can have fun navigating the stresses and obstacles of commercial space travel, without the required billions of dollars in upfront costs. See the game Here.
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.
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