Paris, 29th November 2011 - Game Connection Europe today revealed the 15 unsigned game projects that have made it on to the Selected Projects 2012 shortlist. Game Connection is also very pleased to announce official support for the awards from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe who will be presenting a special award.
The awards will take place at Game Connection Europe this December 6-8th in Paris, France.
The winner of the ultimate ‘Best Project 2012’ award as selected by the Game Connection jury will receive valuable hardware and development support from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, including PlayStation®3 or PlayStation®Vita development kits. Two runners up will be invited by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to their London offices for a training day (technical support, QA and PlayStation®Network business).
The winner of the special Sony Computer Entertainment Europe award will also receive hardware and development support, plus free pre-certification support.
"Sony Computer Entertainment Europe highly values new and imaginative games, and we have been consistently supportive of the creative companies and individuals that generate these new ideas. It's great to see this in action at Game Connection and to play an active part in this," added Andrew Parsons, Director, Publisher & Developer Relations.
“It’s vital to our industry that the major video game companies continue to support development at a grassroots level, so we’re very pleased and excited that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has chosen to give its valuable support to the Selected Projects 2012 initiative,” said Pierre Carde, creator of Game Connection. “We’re looking forward to the presentations and to once again seeing the enormous boost the Selected Projects initiative can give to unsigned projects.”
The 15 shortlisted titles have already gone through a rigorous initial selection process, with the final winners, including the grand prize of ‘Best Project 2012’, to be decided at Game Connection Europe on 06th December in Paris. The decision will follow live presentations of each project to the panel of publishers, investors and industry experts.
The Selected Projects shortlist of 15 unsigned titles comprises games from all corners of the globe spanning a rich variety of genres and styles. The full list of shortlisted games, developers and countries of origin is as follows:
- Age of Defenders from CUKETA, Slovak Republic
- Anthill from Image & Form International AB, Sweden
- Bohm from Monobanda, Netherlands
- CreaVures from Muse Games, United States
- DRAKERZ – confrontation from Peoleo Entertainment, France
- ePawn Arena from ePawn, France
- Exodus from Galhmac Games Studio, France
- Orc Attack from Casual Brothers, UK
- One Tap Hero from Coconut Island Studio, China
- Pilleurs de Brume from Gobelins, France
- Stellar Impact from Tindalos Interactive, France
- The Swapper from Facepalm Games, Finland
- Tink from Mimimi Productions, Germany
- Tunnelers from Floating Minds, Slovak Republic
- WALTER from Blossom Minds, France
‘Selected Projects 2012’ supporting new talent
Each year at Game Connection Europe, over 250 individual game projects are presented to key global publishing and distribution decision makers. Prior to the 2010 launch of the ‘Selected Projects’ initiative, Game Connection ran the ‘Level Up’ program, and has clocked up ten years of supporting innovative emerging businesses. Success stories to date have included Playdead and Bulkypix.
The ‘Selected Projects’ initiative gives developers an opportunity to lift their project above the crowd, be seen by the right people, and increase their chances of making the most valuable connections in an increasingly complex and competitive games market.
The leading games industry meeting place, Game Connection now also includes expert master classes and conferences aimed at professional development. Game Connection Europe will take place from 6-8th December, 2011 at Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris, France. To get involved and level up professionally, click here to sign up or start lobbying your boss to send you to Games Connection.
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About Game Connection:
Game Connection is an event produced by Connection Events, creator of opportunities, resources and results in the Video Game Industry. Taking place in Lyon (France) and San Francisco (California, USA), Game Connection stands out as an efficient business meeting solution with: matchmaking events between service providers, developers, publishers and distributors; network building and business enhancement.
The event offers delegates significant added value through its program of conferences and master classes. The next Game Connection Europe will take place in Paris 6th-8th December 2011.
About Connection Events:
Connection Events specializes in the creation of services and events aimed at video game industry professionals, with more than 850 business clients in more than 45 countries. Core Connection Events services include Game Connection and Game Connection Master Classes.
About Game Paris
Game Paris brings together everything games industry professionals need to drive their business forward each year: a business convention with a 10 year proven track record (Game Connection), leading business and technical conferences, high-level training (Master Classes), as well as human resource and management workshops (Game Paris Talents).
Organized by Capital Games, the Business Cluster for Video Game Companies in the Paris Region, with Connection Events being responsible for Game Connection, Game Paris is the unmissable end of year event for industry professionals, providing the essentials for developing business, network and professional skills.
About Capital Games
Capital Games is the Business Cluster for Video Game Companies in the Paris Region. Since 2003, Capital Games has federated the video game industry in the Paris region with a single voice and promoted its ongoing structuring. Capital Games conducts its activities in close cooperation with local authorities, among whom are the Paris City Hall, the Paris Region, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Labour, the DATAR and the European Union. The support by these authorities proves their strong commitment to the industry. Capital Games pools its members’ needs and supports them on several levels with business development, training plans, financial assistance and R&D support alongside its work to energize and motivate the greater Paris area video game community.
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