Summary: DevGAMM Minsk 2018

Summary: DevGAMM Minsk 2018

DevGAMM in Minsk is over! Over 1800 people from 33 countries attended the event. By a tradition, our event took place in Minsk Marriott Hotel and the adjacent Sports & Entertainment Complex Falcon Club. Let’s remind you the main moments from the conference.

Sessions

This time there were 70 sessions in 7 halls. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the talks:

– for the first time at DevGAMM the developers touched on how they achieved success on Apple platforms;
– all participants had the chance to attend the sessions on post-mortems of Dead Cells, Frostpunk and Graveyard Keeper;
– there were presentations on working with the Chinese market games from NetEase and Perfect World;
– awesome discussion panels on game industry today where our Lerika Mallayeva took part as an expert 🙂
– the representatives of Google, Snapchat, Globant, Belka Games, Mail.Ru Group, Gradient Universe S.L., DECA Games performed their sessions within Business Track;
– apart from these, the attendees enjoyed tracks on art, audio, and technologies.

New formats

DevGAMM Roundtables

This time in Minsk we’ve presented a lot of new formats such as DevGAMM Roundtables which is an open 10-people discussion dedicated to a specific topic, determined by the leader of the table. Over 80 people gathered to discuss the problems of company culture, headhunting, the relevance of hypercasual games, selection of game engine, analysis of a project for investment and other topics.

Girls & Games Business Lunch

Another awesome format is Girls & Games Business Lunch that was sponsored by Google AR & VR. In total, 80 people took part in it. The leaders of each table discussed work-life balance problems, leadership, and shared motivational stories with each other. All the participants were excited about it, however, as much as we do.

Poker Tournament

Game industry poker tournament was held within the conference Pre-Party and was sponsored by Crazy Panda and tinyBuild. In total, 40 people took part in it. The winner, Oleg Kapitonov from Black Bears got $ 1 000 and an exclusive silver bracelet that was designed by Partizzzany advertising agency. It’s now an annual event to take place in Minsk.

Awesome Parties

On November 14 we organized a сool Pre-party in Cotton Hall sponsored by Ogury where some of the attendees picked up their badges beforehand. Also, our participants spent a great time at Official Business Party in Bogema, sponsored by Unreal Engine. For the first time, it was only for business participants. During the evening everyone enjoyed Belarusian folk band SHUMA.

Right after the conference all participants joined Bye-bye Mingle by Easybrain where everyone shared their impressions and got warm hugs.

Traditional activities

Each conference we offer our attendees to take part in our traditional activities. For instance, this time there were 93 games at DevGAMM Showcase: 50 desktop, 36 mobile, 1 gaming platform and 6 VR games.

Such publishers as Wargaming Mobile, 101XP, DECA Games, tinyBuild, HeroCraft, Innova, Buka and a lot of others took part in 3-minute meetings at Speed Game Dating.

Apart from the gaming activities, everyone enjoyed a special conference adventure – DevGAMM Quest with 54 prizes. In total, 264 people took part in it.

This time with the help of our HR Partner VALUES VALUE we made a huge Career Wall8 meters. It was sponsored by Pixonic. The total amount of job offers was 175.

Moreover, in Minsk, everyone had a chance to try out our new matchmaking tool for effective networking – PINE. 880 meetings were arranged during two conference days.

We’re really grateful to all our sponsors for creating lots of activities on the booths for our attendees. Thanks for the support to Appodeal, Vizor Interactive,  Epic Games, Playrix, Belka Games, Easybrain, Ogury, Game Insight, Playkot, Xsolla, KamaGames Studio, Gismart, Awem Games, Paracosm, ZAVOD Games and other sponsors.

For the first time after the rebranding, we organized a crazy Game Roast. Five experts competently grilled raw games of our developers. And believe it or not, the experts got a total victory!:) Nevertheless, the game Private Line from Sowoke Entertainment Bureau, got Game Roast Award as they were the closest to winning.

DevGAMM Awards

DevGAMM Awards in Minsk was just brilliant as we expected. Indie-developers who submitted their projects for Best Indie Game competed for $ 30.000 prize fund which was sponsored by tinyBuild, Kefir and Unreal Engine.

The awards ceremony was organized like a chat in Telegram 🙂 You will be able to watch it on our YouTube channel as soon as the video is live.

And now let us introduce you the winners of all nominations:

Best Indie Game – $20,000

Sponsors: tinyBuild + Kefir + Unreal Engine
Winner: The Secret Ties of Strandcliff  TedRed Team

Other nominees got:

DRAW CHILLY AZAMATIKA: $2,500
Mist Hunter Flox Studios: $2,500
Save Koch Wooden Monkeys: $2,500
The StoryTale The StoryTale Team: $2,500

Best Mobile Game

Prize sponsor: Appodeal
Winner: Look, your loot! Dragosha games

Best Desktop Game

Prize sponsor: Amazon
Winner: Iris.Fall NEXT Studio

Excellence in Visual Art

Prize sponsor: Amazon
Winner: Iris.Fall NEXT Studio

Excellence in Game Design

Prize sponsor: Pixonic
Winner: G30 – A Memory Maze Ivan Kovalov

Excellence in Narrative

Prize sponsor: Amazon
Winner: The Secret Ties of Strandcliff TedRed Team

Excellence in Audio

Prize sponsor: Amazon
Winner: Summer Catchers FaceIT

Grand Prize

Prize sponsor: Nekki
Winner: Iris.Fall NEXT Studio

Huge thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, moderators, advisers, volunteers, the press and all participants for being part of DevGAMM and such an awesome atmosphere.

When is the next DevGAMM?

In 2019 expect three DevGAMM conferences! On May 16-17 we’ll meet again in Moscow at our new location. And join us in Kyiv on August 1-2. Of course, DevGAMM will return to Minsk in November! Stay tuned and live us again to come back 🙂

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