Saturday, 21 March 2015

Game Connection 2015 Sets Record Attendance Numbers

San Francisco, CA, USA – March 16, 2015 – As Game Connection 2015 came to a close the first week of March in San Francisco, the conference had a record-breaking turnout of more than 2,700 attendees and visitors, who participated in more than 11,983 meetings with 247 exhibitors – a sold-out show, and an increase of attendees by 60 percent from the previous year.  There were also 296 certified buyers this year, an increase by 52 percent from 2014. Development studios and game companies were there to showcase new releases and upcoming game projects - some of which were unveiled exclusively at the 4-day industry event, one of the largest gaming conferences hosted in San Francisco this year.

Game Connection 2015 brought members from all aspects of the industry together, from development, publishing, and funding, to production, middleware, marketing, and distribution and where big players sit side by side with indie developers and the future stars of tomorrow. Many countries were represented at Game Connection, with countries including Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom all representing at the show.

The show also hosted the Game Connection Development Awards, recognizing and promoting independent game projects at any stage of development. At the ceremony, Studios Active Gaming Media, Hololabs, Brainseed Factory, MADFINGER Games, A Crowd of Monsters, Bigpoint, Square Enix Montréal, Sarepta Studio, and LyteShot all picked up awards at the Development Awards. The Game Connection Development Awards 2015 were given out in partnership with Microsoft Studios, Bandai Namco Games, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Michael Meyers Public Relations.

"We are extremely proud to get this recognition from the Game Connection Development awards,” said Khaled Helioui, CEO of Bigpoint, referring to its win of Best Desktop/Downloadable” for the client-based MOBA Shards of War.  “This is a testament to the dedication & commitment to quality of the Shards of War team as well as an important milestone in our path to build a new branch in the e-sports category. We are doubling down on this game and have a number of senior Design (MOBA, Combat Design), Art (Illustration, Character Design) and development positions open to keep exceeding our players' expectations."

"We are humbled that we were selected from such an extremely  talented group of international teams, and very pleased to receive accolades for LyteShot's platform, said Mark J. Ladd, Founder and CEO of LyteShot. “We also hope that this award will help pave the way for interested developers to join us in creating a truly interactive augmented reality mobile gaming platform."
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About Game Connection:
Game Connection is an international conference that gives video game industry professionals the opportunity to interact, network, and promote their products, services and expertise. Since 2001, key players from the games industry have gathered in Europe and in the US —to meet, do business together, connect with new industry professionals and socialize in a lively environment where business gets done. This business-focused setting is largely enabled by the Game Connection Meeting Application, a unique match-making tool allowing attendees to schedule meetings in advance of the event – thereby effectively optimizing time spent onsite. Game Connection Europe 2015 launches a new program of conferences with Mentors and peer conferences (in different topics : payment, localization, marketing management, user aquisition, Xdev arts and Xdev techno) and Master Classes (game design mobile, Techno Unity, Arts Animation, etc.)
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