A delegation of seven Brazilian games companies will be attending XDS 2017, in Vancouver, Canada this year. The External Development Summit takes place September 6-8, and is the only event dedicated to companies selling or buying outsourced work for game and software development. The action is promoted by the international program of the Brazilian Game Developers Export Program, an initiative created by the Brazilian Game Developers Association (Abragames) and Apex-Brasil (the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). The Brazilian developers will network with potential partners, prospect new opportunities and offer their services to top companies in the global industry.
Kokku, from Pernambuco (Brazil), in the market for 6 years, already has an impressive track record: they are responsible for the 3D artwork of several creatures and robots for Horizon Zero Down, considered one of the most beautiful games ever made.
“Before working with Guerrilla Games, we prepared ourselves by attending several international events through Abragames’ and BGD’s international programs; it is a long-term investment that can only be possible through a vast network of contacts and understanding what the market’s demands are.” – Thiago de Freitas, Kokku’s CEO
Lumentech, from the small state of Sergipe in Brazil, also recognizes the importance of international events for independent developers. It was through them that they got the first contact that led to a work for hire for Canadian company LDC Studios to develop HEMPIRE, the marijuana farm simulator for mobile with over 1 million players.
“At first it was a work-for-hire, but today we have shares of the profits. The support from BGD Project was crucial for us in signing this contract,” CEO Tiago Melo.
“We are thrilled to have the ABRAGAMES delegation supported by Apex-Brasil returning to XDS in Vancouver to showcase the talent of their many companies. We are elated by the number of companies arriving from Brazil, which will help to create awareness of their capabilities, and allow exploration of new business opportunities with international developers and publishers. We anticipate this will contribute to the overall growth of the games industry in Brazil!” – Chris Wren, Chair of the XDS Advisory Committee.
The next event for these companies’ international schedule will be Game Connection Europe, which is taking place in Paris, France, from November 1-3, 2017. Executives of BIG Festival, the largest independent festival in Latin America and the third largest in the world, will be accompanying the developers to network and find potential guests, speakers, keynotes and buyers to bring to the 2018 edition of BIG.
Created in 2004 by a group of development companies, Abragames, the Brazilian Association of Digital Game Developers, emerged as a non-profit entity with the objective of strengthening the Brazilian game development industry. The main goals of Abragames are to organize, coordinate, strengthen and promote the Brazilian digital gaming industry through the representation and interlocution of the national and international ecosystem, building an understanding of all elements of our value chain, as well as the promotion of events and partnerships that bring to the state of the art the development of the gaming industry in Brazil.
External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization. XDS brings together a niche community of game developers and publishers, vendors, and middleware providers. Every year we meet in beautiful Vancouver, Canada to contribute to the advancement of our industry through collaboration, sharing of best practices, networking and the delivery of a high-caliber, educational program. XDS is considered to be a professionals-only event.