Games Emerge Conference (GEC), 2018
The primary goal of the GEC is to promote the video games development industry in Pakistan. The event aims to provide learning, mentoring and networking opportunity for video game development students and industry professionals in Pakistan.
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 and organizing a game jam, 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 some of the international speakers and renowned game developers will travel to Pakistan to speak locally on stage. Through this undertaking we aim to further bridge the gap between the local and international game industry.
This will also 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.
2 Days of Conference
This year GEC 2018 will comprise of two days. Local and International Speakers will join the conference and give talks via skype. This is the first time when international speakers will visit Pakistan for their sessions. It will be a great opportunity for game developers to network and discover more opportunities.
Talks and Workshops Details
As one of the primary aims of the conference is to provide learning opportunities and mentoring to developers and potential developers, there will be talks by industry veterans and training workshops conducted by professionals. As there are relatively fewer trained and experienced professionals in the Pakistani game industry and there appears to be a buildup of considerable interest about it, these talks and workshops would be a very important and attractive part of the conference.
These learning events would focus on different aspects of games and game development, specifically,
- Game Design and Production
- AI in Games
- Art and Animations
- Sound Design and Composition
- Video Game Narratives
- User research in Games
- Mobile Games Marketing and User Monetization
- Quality Assurance in Games
Pakistan Game Showcase
In order to promote the local game developers and give them a larger audience at a central platform, a Games Showcase will be organized as part of the conference. As part of the games showcase, local developers and vendors will get a chance to show their games to the conference attendees and get media coverage as part of the conference. As the conference attendees will also have some experienced members of the game industry, the showcasing developers will get a chance interact with them and get valuable feedback on their products.
Awards will be presented to selected entries games and product showcase to encourage students and new game developers. The awards will be given based on the following criteria.
Currently, applications are open for a place at the games and product showcase. Check more details here.