It's no secret that the Indian games market has vast potential, both in terms of the domestic consumer market and development talent, and publisher Reliance Games believe they may have the key to unlock it.
Launched in Bangalore on Friday 19th December by a line-up of leading industry figures including Reliance Games CEO Manish Agarwal, the GameHack initaitive is a pioneering pan-India game development and pitch competition affording Indie developers and students a chance to win global publicity, funds and publishing contracts.
As Manish himself says, “India has great potential in the mobile gaming space as an emerging destination for building games that can become global hits. Game Hack offers a great platform to get practical advice, be inspired by the hottest indie developers, meet publishers and international media, and best of all provides a glimpse into the future talent that will be wowing us in years to come."
And Reliance are not alone in supporting this initiative, with AS Rajgopal, CEO, NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies also present at the launch giving his full support.
“Gaming is a very exciting space and is revolutionizing personal entertainment. With the proliferation of smart phones, we are seeing an accelerated interest from all age groups. We are delighted to be associated with the Game Hack initiative and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of those who are building the next big game from India.
QWe will enable the game development & hosting with our cloud services. We are also rolling out exciting incentives on our Cliques – Personal Cloud Service platform, for indie developers and students who are associated with Game Hack”.
The road to Banglaore
GameHack will travel to six cities starting in Bangalore and moving on to Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, New Delhi & Mumbai to provide a stage to over 200 Indie Studios (1500+ developers) and tech students from 70+ colleges in India to hear inspirational talks, provide amazing networking, glimpse future technology and showcase their talent in the PG Connects Bangalore Big Indie Pitch which takes place on 17-18th April.
The finale will provide an opportunity to meet the biggest names in the global mobile games industry, learn from experts behind the big brands, meet global gaming media, and network with publishers and investors looking for the next big thing and ready to put their money on the line.
Participants can submit their entries for Game Hack from now to 20 March 2015 at www.game-hack.in. Entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of experts and the top 20 finalists will be mentored by a global team of game producers, game development and design specialists with over 100+ years of combined experience for a period of six weeks, leading up to the grand finale in April 2015.
The finalists will compete at the big indie pitch to win global publicity, investment and publishing contracts, and a cash prize of Ten Lakhs, with an add on opportunity to be incubated at the Reliance Games studio.
The Game Hack official site is now open for submissions and Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore is open for advance tickets and speaker submissions at www.pgconnects.com/bangalore.