Paris, 12th September 2011 - Game Connection Europe is pleased to announce that entries are now open for its ‘ Selected Projects 2012’ and ‘ Selected companies 2012’ awards. Now in their second year, both competitions put exciting new game development projects and companies in the industry spotlight.
‘ Selected Projects’ is a free of charge competition for unsigned games. Developers from around the world can submit unsigned projects, with their eye on the prized status of ‘ Best Project 2012’.
‘ Selected Companies’ is focused on the business side where the most ambitious games companies can pitch their skills to investors and publishers.
The 15 ‘ Selected Projects’ nominees and 10 ‘ Selected Companies’ nominees will benefit from greatly enhanced exposure to key industry decision makers at Game Connection Europe 2011 in Paris this December 6th-8th, 2011.
Register here: http://www.game-connection.com/selected.php
‘ 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.
‘Selected Companies 2012’ for tomorrow’s industry leaders
This award is designed for CEOs and business development managers eager to demonstrate their skills and the financial potential of their business to an audience of regional and global investors. Ten companies will be shortlisted, with each earning recognition as being among the ten most innovative companies at Game Connection Europe 2011.
In 2010, the international panel of experts awarded the ‘ Best Project’ title to French studio Swing Swing Submarine for their game Seasons After Fall. In addition to the main award, Game Connection media partner Gamesindustry.biz presented the ‘ Gamesindustry.biz Choice Award’ to Uncanny Fish Hunt from fledgling French team Uncanny Games. Both companies have continued to make significant inroads into the industry. The most recent Swing Swing Submarine title, ' Blocks That Matter', is available now via Steam and Xbox Live Marketplace, while the latest project from Uncanny Games will be announced shortly.
Other nominees also benefited significantly from their exposure in 2010.
" The concept of Selected Projects is fantastic as it helps developers to showcase their creative and innovative designs. One of our recent acquisitions, Puddle from Neko, on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox Live® platforms was featured last year! I will definitely be attending future Selected Projects events,” said Careen Yapp, VP Acquisitions and Franchise Development at Konami.
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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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