Game Developers Conference 2019
This is Chile at the Game Developers Conference 2019, the most important showcase for Chilean videojuegos.
Visit Us at Booth # S1157
This March 18th through the 22nd, 23 video game developers will represent Chile at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the epicenter of the global gaming industry.
The 41 members of the Chilean delegation will join thousands of programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and others involved in the development of interactive games, converging on San Francisco with the objective of exchanging ideas and setting up networks of contacts for future business.
Among the 23 Chilean studios participating in GDC 2019, are the featured titles, ‘Omen of Sorrow’ by AOne Games, “Massive Warfare: Aftermath” by Tiny Bytes, ‘Luna’ by 4Ha Games, and ‘Headsnatchers’ from the IguanaBee team, also present at the stand of Epic Games, creator of the popular ‘Fortnite’ game and Unreal Engine.
Chile, More than Copper: A Burgeoning Hub for Video Game Development
For the 8th consecutive year, a delegation of Chilean videogame developers will be present at the “Game Developers Conference”, with the support of ProChile.
This is an industry experiencing dynamic growth and currently comprises over 60 companies throughout Chile, working primarily on their own intellectual property projects, as well as those for third parties. Chile’s games industry also fosters unique creative development innovations, as ACE Team’s use of 3D printing techniques for the creation of their ‘Rock of Ages 2’ title, as well as AOne Game’s implementation of the online ‘near-lagless’ GGPO systems in their recently released, ‘Omen of Sorrow’.
Approximately 85% of these developers are members of the Chilean Association of Videogame Development Companies (VG Chile). According to VG Chile, women developers make up one of the quickest growing segments in the association, accounting for 16.1% of its professionals, up from 11.6% in 2016. In continuing to increase women’s participation, the association is forging links and initiatives with startups and tech associations that incentivize the importance of women as an integral part of this industry.
The consolidation of this industry is directly linked to its promotion at the international level. This is why in 2017 70.3% of the Chilean companies took part in a commercial mission, fair or festival abroad. As reported by VG Chile, in 2017 total industry sales valued around US $ 8 million, with North America the main market for Chilean video games, bypassing Europe, South America and Asia.
The GDC conference is therefore considered to be the most important for this industry, which currently in Chile has over 150 videogame projects under development, for Android, PC, iOS, Web, Play Station and Xbox.
International recognition & Accolades of the Chilean Games Industry
Ace Team and its game “Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder”:
- AzPlay: Best Gameplay (Spain)
- IndieDB Editor’s Choice Award: Most Creative
- Finalists for Innovation in Game Ludicious (Switzerland)
- Finalists for the Nordic Game Discovery (Sweden)
Aone Games and its game “Omen of Sorrow”:
- Unreal Dev Grant Recipient
- EVA2017: Best Technical Achievement
- SRK Fighting Game Awards 2017: Best Beta Test/Demo (2nd place)
- SRK Fighting Game Awards 2017: Most Anticipated Future Release (2nd place)
- The only representative from Chile invited by Sony to take part in PSX 2017
- “Endless Lake” saw over 12 million players and 33 million matches played in its first three weeks after release ; awarded by Facebook as the Best Instant Game of 2016
- Began strategic partnership with Polish publisher Vivid Games to develop 7 original titles
- On its release 3 years ago, Banana Kong became the most downloaded mobile game worldwide. Since then, the game has attracted over 100 million downloads
- Working with publisher Spil Games, title ‘Operate Now Hospital’ generated over 10 million downloads in the first 6 months of its release
- Began a major partnership in 2018 with iEntertainment Network and iMagic Games to develop a series of murder mystery titles for Investigation Discovery television network, the first of which is ‘Red Crimes: Hidden Murders’
- The first Chilean company incubated by Sony Computer Entertainment America
- The first Latin American game developer to work with Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios
- Released up-to-4-player local and online multiplayer party-game ‘Headsnatchers’ at GDC 2018 with publisher Iceberg Interactive
- “Massive Warfare: Rush” nominated for the Indie Prize at Casual Connect 2018
- “Massive Warfare: Aftermath” 1.6 million downloads through Google Play Early Access and US $1.4 million in venture funding prior to the 2018 release
For more information about the exhibitors, please download the catalogue here
Activities in the Chilean Pavilion
March 21 | 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chilean Wine Reception
March 20-22 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meet To Match Meeting Point
GDC invites Chilean game developer BURA to present at its 33rd edition
Camila Gormaz is a game developer from Chile, who’s worked in the industry for the past 5 years. She’s the founder of BURA, an indie game studio based in Santiago, working on Long Gone Days, an RPG focused on language barriers and morale. Camila has worked as an artist and animator for PC and mobile games from around the world.
#1ReasonToBe brings together emerging market players in the video game industry from around the world. In the panel, Camila will talk about her experience in the global games industry and the opportunities for video game development in Chile.
She will present at the # 1ReasonToBe’s GDC session, on March 21 @ 4:00PM in Room 303, South Hall.
Chile – USA trade relations
With 26 trade agreements signed with 64 markets, Chile has preferential access to 63% of the world’s population, corresponding to 86% of global GDP.
These agreements include the Free Trade Agreement with the United States that has been in effect since January 1, 2004.
In 2017, trade between Chile and the United States totaled US$21.6 billion, with an annual growth rate of 16%.
The United States is now Chile’s:
- Top foreign investor (period 1974 -2016)
- Second largest trading partner, with 14.4% of all Chilean exports destined for the USA
- Principal market for food exports