BIG Digital 2020: Game event goes through the quarantine barriers and is a success!

Today, Brazil Games is pleased to announce a virtual presence record for BIG Digital - the fully online version of Brasil Independent Games (BIG) Festival - the largest and most important event in the gaming industry in Latin America. Reaffirming that BIG Digital is indeed a vital center for the gaming business, more than 22.000 people attended the online exhibition to attend 25 game development seminars from 72 industry personalities such as Epic Games, Facebook, Google, Microsoft , (Xbox), Nintendo, Snapchat and Ubisoft, generating more than two million views.

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From June 22 to 26, 2020, more than 333 publishers, developers and investors from 38 countries participated in 3.876 business meetings. These crucial face-to-face virtual meetings resulted in $ 7 million in business during the show, which is expected to result in $ 31 million in game-related business over the next 12 months.

“Although it was not possible to hold our physical festival this year, we are very happy to see how the online version of the BIG Festival was received,” said Gustavo Steinberg, director of the BIG Festival. “For the first time, distance was no longer a limitation for those who wished to participate and, as a result, the content, available to all, reached an even wider international audience. The quality of the lectures and the number of spectators present demonstrate that our efforts have paid off. "

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During BIG Digital, viewers from around the world were able to experience the exciting things of the rapidly growing game industry in Brazil. For example, those who watched the “Showcase of Brazilian Games 2020” had access to some of the most promising games in Brazil, launched later this year. Nintendo took advantage of BIG Digital to announce the certification of development kits for the Switch platform in Brazil. "All [kits] can now be officially ordered with us and certified for Brazil," said Scott Hawkins, head of developer relations at Nintendo - Americas, during the lecture.

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With the support of the Brazil Games Export Program, a partnership between the Brazilian Association of Game Companies, ABRAGAMES; and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), BIG Digital carries on the tradition of its hugely successful physical counterpart as an essential commercial center for video game professionals worldwide, through lectures, networking events and face-to-face digital meetings. It was a golden opportunity for developers, not only in Brazil, but in a global audience, to meet with giants in the segment, such as Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Valve Software and Epic Games, who see BIG as an opportunity to see the Brazilian video game industry up close.

The next edition of the BIG Festival, in face-to-face format, is scheduled for May 5 to 9, 2021, in São Paulo. For more information about the next event, visit the official website.

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