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04/10/2017
Catalan indie companies and developers will present their creations at Barcelona Games World, one of the most important video games fair
Catalan indie companies and developers will present their creations at Barcelona Games World, one of the most important video games fair
  • The Catalan Ministry of Culture participates in this edition with a 208m2 stand to showcase and offer sneak previews of upcoming releases dozens of Catalan indie video games’ , exposing the future of the industry.
  • Professionals and general public will be able to discover and comment the video games with their creators at stand A146.
  • The second edition of Barcelona Games World will take place from 5 to 8 October at Montjuïc exhibition centre.

The Catalan Ministry of Culture will participate to the second edition of the video games fair Barcelona Games World (BGW) with a stand at which 29 Catalan indie companies from the video games sector will be represented. After its first year success, the Catalan stand, provided by the Ministry of Culture, through the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), under its internationalisation brand Catalan Video Games, will double space offering 208m² to the companies so that they can show their own video games to both professionals and fair attendees, and develop their own business meetings.

Moreover, ICEC have sponsored the Co-Op Business Zone space where companies have met potential publishers and investors during the fair.

The tens of new creations presented will offer to attendees a stimulating look to the present and the future of Catalan video games: from innovative reformulations of a traditionally rigid sector as the three-dimensional platforms are, to a beat'em-ups of pixelated aesthetics and set in a future dystopian Barcelona going through simulators of extreme sports, infiltration and espionage adventures that are not afraid of compare themselves with Metal Gear Solid, spatial shoot'em-ups, cyberpunk action for MSX or disturbing interactive fictions that come together with one of the trends of the moment in the international indie scene: the simulated interfaces. We will also be able to see the newest project from Mango Protocol —studio that arrives at Barcelona Games World after receiving Busan Indie Connect Festival’s prize for its Narrative Excellence— as well as Undercoders’ next work, winners on 22nd September of the best design award at Tokyo Game Show, one of the most prestigious video game fairs.

The 29 companies attending BGW as part of the Catalan stand (A146) are the following: 2Awesome Studio, 3D2 EntertainmentAbylight, Altered Matter, Anarkade, Appnormals Team, Barspin Studios, Chloroplast Games, Corsegames, DefyU Technologies, Dolores Entertainment, Grimorio of Games, Jandusoft SL, Kaneda Games, Koord, Last Chicken Games, Lince Works, Mango Protocol, Oxiab Game Studio, SandBloom Studio, Shadow Company Games, Sekg, Skara - The Blade Remains, Titutitech, Undercoders, Unfinished Pixel, X-Lives Interactive, Zink Media Studio and the incubator Gamebcn.

Moreover, the following Catalan companies will also attend BGW with their own stand: Beautifun Games, Melbot and Petoons.

Barcelona Games World, jointly organised by the Spanish Video Games Association (AEVI) and Fira de Barcelona, will take place at the Montjuïc exhibition centre from 5th to 8th October. This edition BGW will expand the exhibition space with more than 60 thousand square meters and will have the presence of the main brands of the sector reaffirming itself as an essential video games industry meeting point in southern Europe and positioning itself as a reference event internationally. Furthermore, on 5th October at 12:30pm ICEC will participate in the roundtable Jornada de Finançament 3.0: Mecanismes tradicionals i innovadors de finançament de videojocs. ICEC’s Business Development Director, Edgar Garcia, will present ICEC’s specific actions and financial instruments for this sector.

The internationalisation of Catalan cultural companies

The Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) is a public institution that looks after the development and the consolidation of the Catalan creative sectors as an uplift for its professionalisation. In the frame of the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Culture, ICEC advises and accompanies Catalan companies in their development process in several sectors such as: performing arts, visual arts, audiovisual, books, music and digital culture.

Catalan Arts is the brand used by ICEC for international promotion of Catalan companies. Via ICEC’s European offices network (Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris) we work on a variety of lines of action to connect, mentor and support creative companies in their international journey. To this end, with Catalan Arts we strengthen the presence of Catalan companies and creative works at international fairs and key professional events. We also offer all kinds of useful materials and resources to professionals based in Catalonia seeking to develop their projects internationally, as well as to professionals from other countries looking for artistic productions and willing to establish contact with their creators and promoters.

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