Xigma Games bags the coveted award and INR 1 million cash prize
at the first ever Reliance Games’ Pocket Gamer Connects in
ï‚· Global mobile gaming giants give breathtaking insight into key global trends, Indie
survival guides and an insider’s look into next generation mobile games.
ï‚· PG Connects features 4 dedicated tracks with top speakers sharing knowledge on — East
meets West, Indie Academy, Acquire and Monetise, and the domestic-focused â€˜Make
In Indiaâ€˜s — as well as happening such as The Very Big Indie Pitch and I Love Indie
ï‚· The best of Indie developers participate in the Game Hack competition, pitch for
Bangalore, April 2015 —Xigma Games emerged the winner of the Very Big Indie Pitch for its
â€˜Super Nano Games’ at the Reliance Games’ Pocket Gamer Connects 2015 which took off to an
exciting start at Hotel Lalit Ashok here this morning.Also, Yellow Monkey secured the Runners
Up position at Pocket Gamer Connects.
Organised by Reliance Games, India’s leading publisher and developer of mobile games, the 2-
day conference featured speakers like Peter Vesterbacka - Rovio, Misha Lyalin — Zepto Labm,
Armin Hummel - Lima Sky, Marina Mello - Bossa Studios, Mike Hines - Amazon, Sergio
Salvador — Google and many more on the inaugural day. However, the highlight of the day was
Game Hack, the first of its kind pan-India game development and pitch competition for Indie
developers and students, who have the passion and talent to create their very own mobile
game. With over 100 enthusiastic participants across the country participated to showcase their
games or game prototypes and only 25 of them winning.
Pocket Gamer Connects offered an opportunity to learn from the most celebrated professionals
from the Industry worldwide including the likes of Rovio, Microsoft, Zeptolabs, Google, Zynga
and many more.
Day 1: Press Release
Announcing the launch of PG Connects Bangalore, Mr.Manish Agarwal, CEO, Reliance
Entertainment Digital said, “We are glad to announce our collaboration with Steel Media to get
an international event like Pocket Gamer Connects to India. This initiative is a benchmark in
itself towards creating something with a uniquely regional flavor, connecting the global industry
with local audiences through constructive information and relationship-building. Whether you
are a CEO of a company, Indie developer or a student, PG Connects will have something to offer
for everyone. We have committed to deliver the best in class value add for everyone.”
Xigma Games won the Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamers Connects Bangalore 2015. On
winning at this platform Mr. Himanshu Manwani, Founder, Xigma Games said, “For any
aspiring Indie developer, the most difficult part is to get noticed by investors, publishers and the
media. This is where Reliance Games’ Pocket Gamer’s Connect Bangalore — The Very Big Indie
Pitch stepped in. I am very glad to have got this opportunity and having won a sum of INR 1
million and the desired recognition. A platform where I could showcase my game â€˜Super Nano
Games’to the Indian and international stalwarts of the mobile gaming industry and receive their
feedback and appreciation is a big achievement in itself and could not have asked for more. I am
ecstatic with this win and thank the organizers and everyone who believed in my game. Really
look forward to seeing this game go live and taking it global.”
On the opening day in the â€˜East Meets West’ track, PGC featured an essential keynote from
superstar Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment, the creator of wildly
successful angry birds franchise and over 50 other games, gave an insight into Rovio’s market
reach across the world. Followed was an insight into the journey of Zeptolab’s transformation
from an Indie to a Global Publisher by Misha Lyalin, CEO and Founder who elaborated on the
success of â€˜CUT THE ROPE’ the puzzle game series.A Superstar panel on â€˜Decoding the App
Stores’ was hosted with speakers from Microsoft India, Google, Amazon and Reliance Games.
â€˜Indie Academy’ tracks through the day were hosted by renowned speakers from the industry.
Mike Bithell, Founder; Armin Hummel, VP Business Development, Lima Sky divulged
information on Doodle Jump - the anatomy of a casual sensation; Lastly this track featured a
superstar panel of experts who discussed — How to reach successfully reach the western press.
Looking at the hot trends in the marketing and monetization landscape, the â€˜Acquire and
Monetise’ track was skewed for all business focused indie developers. Sergio Salvador, Global
Day 1: Press Release
Head Games Partnerships, Google on How to use IAPS in games; The Monetization sessions also
included key notes from successful Indian developers & publishers like Rohit Sharma, Founder
& CEO, Nikhil Soman, Co-Founder & CEO, Play blazer etc. It captured the latest trends in the
mobile advertising sector and running through the “must know” of mobile game monetisation,
this track was a great opportunity to level up ones mobile gaming business understanding.
â€˜Make In India’track was led by Manish Agawal, CEO, Reliance Entertainment Digital. â€˜Make In
India’ offered a razor sharp focus on Indian mobile games development — from funding, best
production practice, and the effort/reward dynamic to IP building, captivating game design, and
market potential, expect a tightly packed, highly condensed essential package for the domestic
mobile dev community.
Big Indie Pitch was the key highlight of Day 1 where one developer had a chance to win global
publicity, investments and publishing contracts, and a cash prize of Ten Lakhs, with an add on
opportunity to be incubated at the Reliance Games studio.
Overall it was a day fill of interesting sessions, short format lectures, panel discussion and abuzz
with the spirit of gaming and game development. Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore 2015 — day
one gave an opportunity for developers, students & budding entrepreneurs and a chance to
know more about the mobile gaming market in India and globally.
About Reliance Games:
Reliance Games, a leading publisher and developer of mobile games is a division of Reliance
Entertainment Group whose subsidiaries include entities like IM Global and Code masters.
Reliance Games block buster hits include Real Steel, Real Steel World Robot Boxing, Pacific Rim,
and a slew of exciting mobile games developed in association with Hollywood Studios such as
DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
With over 200mn downloads globally, Reliance Games currently operates across five countries
worldwide. A strong, multi-disciplinary, cross-skilled and talented team spanning three
continents across US, UK, Korea and India spearheads the creation of high quality mobile
games. Reliance Games titles can be enjoyed through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and
Windows as well as 80 leading networks across 40 countries.
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