PARIS, FRANCE – 21 November 2012 – Game Connection Europe today unveiled the list of unsigned game projects nominated for the prestigious European Selected Projects 2012 awards. On November 28th at the special Selected Projects conference, each of the 15 nominees will have 5 minutes to pitch their project in front of all the publishers, distributors and other buyers at the session. The jury will then make its decision on the 2012 Best Project from amongst the impressive and varied international field of entries based on presentation quality, project innovation and market potential.
Once the final selection has been made, the winners, including the overall Best Project, will be presented with their prizes by official Selected Projects sponsors Tapjoy, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Microsoft Studios and Reverb Publishing.
The list of 15 nominated projects is as follows:
- BADLAND, Frogmind, Finland
- Kinected Stories, Delicode Ltd, Finland
- Shadow Diver the game, Gamagora - Lyon 2 University, France
- AfterZoom, Abylight, Spain
- Momonga Pinball Adventures, Paladin Studios, The Netherlands
- Guns of Icarus Online, Muse Games, USA
- The Realm, RealmGame Ltd, UK
- Shiny The Firefly, Stage Clear Studios, Spain
- Starforce Delta, Pro 3 Games, Austria
- Disky, Playful Shark & Untame Games, Israel
- Createrria, Incuvo, Poland
- Hogee and the Magic Fire, 1DER Entertainment, Hungary / Slovakia
- BRUCE, The Game, Tabasco Interactive, Poland
- Kirooki, Old Skull Games, France
- Neuroshima Apocalypse, one2tribe, Poland
For more information about all the projects, visit the nominees page here
Nicolas Briere, CEO & Creative Director from nominated studio Old Skull Games commented: " We are proud that our first game, Kirooki, has been chosen by the Game Connection jury. It's the first major recognition for our work and this encourages us to pursue our efforts to make Kirooki worthy of it!”
Microsoft Studios will provide the winner of the ‘Best Project’ award with a Microsoft dev kit plus a meeting with the Registered Developer Program liaison to offer them valuable advice and insight.
“ It’s great to be a part of the Selected Projects judging and see the innovation coupled with passion for the gaming industry reflected in these projects,” said Sarita Viramontez, Business Development Manager at Microsoft Studios. " Microsoft Studios supports Game Connection’s Selected Projects initiative and we feel it’s a perfect platform for developers to showcase their work to a much larger audience.”
Reverb Publishing’s parent company, Reverb Communications, the leading PR and marketing agency for indie developers and publishers, will provide the winner of the Selected Projects ‘Best Project’ award with three months of public relations strategic advice and support.
" Reverb Publishing has been an avid supporter of Game Connection since our inception," said Katie Morgan, Executive Vice President at Reverb Publishing. " Our goals are well aligned in dedication to the success of independent developers. Sponsoring the Selected Projects competition is an honor, as we help to foster and grow such outstanding talent."
Tapjoy will present a special ‘Best Mobile Project’ prize to their chosen team to help launch their game on the Tapjoy Network. The prize includes € 5,000 in development credits to use for application development and to launch the project with Tapjoy services integrated; € 10,000 in marketing credits to use for the promotion of the application on Tapjoy marketplace; and monetization and distribution coaching, at no charge, in the run up to the release of the game.
Jean-Vincent Chardon, European Publisher Sales Manager at Tapjoy, said: " With our history of actively supporting independent developers through various initiatives such as the 2011 Android fund and the 2012 Asia fund, Tapjoy is proud to support up-and-coming developers through Selected Projects 2012. Tapjoy marketplace helps developers acquire high-value new users and monetize their applications, while our powerful advertising lets brands reach a global mobile audience via more than 20,000 live apps.”
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will be awarding its own dedicated Selected Projects prize, with the winner to be given a Vita/PS3 dev kit and technical support for the launch of their game on PlayStation®Network. The winner and two runners up will also have the opportunity to attend a Sony platforms training day at the company’s European headquarters in London.
Ever since the PS®One we have worked closely with the development community to bring new ideas to our platforms. Being part of Game Connection is a continuation of this goal,” says Andrew Parsons, Director, SCEE Publisher & Developer Relations. “ Our inclusion in the Selected Projects scheme is beneficial for both us and game developers. The initiative gives game developers the chance to bring the concept to our platform and for us, the initiative is important as it acts a great way of sourcing exciting content for our PlayStation® consumers."
Game Connection would also like to say a special thank you to the amazing members of its Advisory Board who have done a fantastic job of reviewing this year’s numerous applications and projects and who are vital to the success of Selected Projects. The Game Connection Selected Projects Advisory Board is comprised of Rex Ng from 6Waves, Careen Yapp from Konami Digital Entertainment, Vincent Dondaine from Bulkypix, Agostino Simonetta from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Sarita Viramontez from Microsoft Studios, Sebastien Tasserie from Ubisoft Entertainment, Karol Fuentes-Fischer from GameHouse and Jean-Vincent Chardon from Tapjoy.
The Selected Projects awards is just one of the many exciting components of this year’s Game Connection Europe. The event will also feature the new Marketing Awards, with prizes going to best-in-class campaigns across a number of different categories. For more details, go to http://www.game-connection.com/gameconn/content/marketing-awards.
The packed conference program at Game Connection Europe 2012 features over 50 conferences, panels and master classes covering the entire breadth of the industry for the first time, from technology and game design to business and marketing. Full details of the program can be found at http://www.game-connection.com/gameconn/program-europe2012.
Prize winners and exhibitors will be able to capitalize on the strong media presence at this year’s show resulting from official partnerships with AFJV, JDLI, Develop, Games Industry International, PocketGamer.biz, GamesMarkt, IMGMR, BrowserGames.de, BEO, The Rude Baguette and the MediaXP group (IGN,de, PocketGamer.de, GamingXP and BusinessXP).
Game Connection Europe 2012 takes place this November 28-30 at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France.
It’s not too late to join the ranks of international industry professionals heading to Paris for three days of invaluable meetings and networking. Don’t miss out – sign up now at http://www.game-connection.com/gameconn/content/badgeprices-europe
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