Are you a Video Game Developer or Creative Artist ?

PGA is organizing the Pakistan’s third Games Emerge Conference 2018 (GEC) for video game developers and creative artist of Pakistan, which will be held in Islamabad from 17th November 2018 to 18th November 2018.
GEC 2018 will build on the foundation laid by GEC 2016 and 2017 in the creation and promotion of a vibrant community of game developers in Pakistan. We hope to make this year’s GEC bigger and better by increasing the number of participants in the event, involving more international speakers, which will appeal not only to game developers, publishers and investors of Pakistan but also video game enthusiasts across the country.
This will be the first time that GEC 2018 hosts a game showcase, where local indie developers will be able to showcase their game to professional mentors, potential investors and/or publishers. Such a platform can help boost the developer’s finances and network, and help them achieve their goals for bringing their product to the market. The best entries to the showcase will be selected and given awards based on their engagement, impressiveness, social impact and other criteria..

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GEC 2018 Workshops & Talks

Marketing for Mobile Games

Lauren Clinnick - Lumi Interactive
Lauren's session on marketing for mobile game development will help give you the tools you need to plan for success in the modern marketplace. This talk will cover social media, making the most of your store page, planning your monetisation, UA, scale ability and more.

The Soul of the Game - Character Drives Story

Jill Murray- Discoglobe Interactive Inc.
In games we talk a lot about story structures like branching dialogue or whether to emulate the Hero’s Journey. But at the end of the day, every story needs believable characters whose motivations feel real, and whose actions propel the plot forward. Games are no different. Using examples drawn from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, and a host of indie games, this talk illustrates how to create characters players will love, identify with, and want to fight for-- or against-- all while avoiding tropes and cliches.

Panel Discussion - Evolution of QA in Gaming

Adil Qayyum, M. Ahmed Sheikh, Shahzad Akram and Umair Qayyum
The session comprises of the fundamentals of SQA and evolution of gaming industry. The ever evolving processes and need to meet the quality standards and common myths regarding this field. Addressing some of the core concerns and areas that are very vital parts of the gaming industry of today from a product manager and SQA's perspective.

Video game accessibility: A perspective.

Robert Kingett - Journalist, Freelance
Video game accessibility is essential for all parties involved, from developers to gamers.
• A personal introduction detailing the importance of gaming and reviewing games on the basis of accessibility.
• Why accessibility matters to gamers and developers.
• Types of adaptive technology available.
• Where to learn about game accessibility guidelines.
• Best practices when designing for accessibility
• Examples of poor accessibility implementation
• Examples of good accessibility implementation
• Conclusive statements regarding gaming There will always be time for Q&A after a presentation.

2015-2016 PGA Advisory Board

Sadia Bashir

Founder and CEO, PixelArt Games Academy

Ken Levine

Creative Director, Bioshock Series
Co-founder, Irrational Games

Jonathon Chey

Co-founder, Irrational Games

Brie Code

Former Lead AI Programmer, Ubisoft Montreal
Founder TruLuv Media

Rami Ismail

Co-Founder Vlambeer

National Incubation Center

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Our mission is to educate, empower and engage those interested in creating games in Pakistan by fostering a diverse community of passionate game developers and involving leading industry professionals in the process not only from within Pakistan but also from around the globe.