The 14th edition of IGDC, The India Game Developer Conference, saw a total of over 4,000 attendees including game developers, publishers, investors, and gaming enthusiasts. The conference was held between the 3rd to 5th of November 2022 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The event was a one-of-its-kind “by the industry, for the industry” initiative fully focused on supporting and empowering game developers with insights, upskilling and networking opportunities with investors and game publishers. With hundred and fifty speakers that included forty international speakers, the 3-day conference saw over eighty sessions that consisted of workshops and panels across games technology, art, design and production. The conference also included CXO panels discussing the state of the Indian games industry, investment trends and their predictions for the future of the Indian gaming landscape.
IGDC’s flagship networking initiative, the Investor-Publisher Connect saw entries with around 75 startups, 28 investors and publishers conducting over 600 meetings in two days. The IGDC Awards also had a record number of over hundred and fifty game entries and a new category of Popular choice quipping the interest of the audience and making the awards ceremony very engaging. The BYOG initiative (Build Your Own Game) also saw a record number of over 700 participants together making above 170 game submissions for the judges to evaluate.
Day 3 of the Conference saw a new initiative called IGDC Futures being launched with the sessions focused on opportunities in the gaming industry with the intent of encouraging the next crop of talent into the gaming industry.
“IGDC 2022 has exceeded all expectations as we made our on-ground appearance for the first-time post-pandemic. It was heartening to see the tremendous turnout and participation from all parts of the gaming ecosystem, people clearly wanted to meet in person and network. This year saw a record number of meetings between investors, publishers and startups. Key trends included seeing a number of upcoming games with Indian themes, with local cultural and social flavour. IGDC Awards saw a jump in the overall quality of submissions. Wrapping up yet another buzzing year, we are confident that this edition’s success will yield greater achievements and contribute to the overall growth of the gaming industry,” said Rajesh Rao, Convenor and Chairperson, IGDC.