Potential of the Indian mobile game market reflected in success of PG Connects Bangalore 2015

Over 500 enjoy inaugural event

Potential of the Indian mobile game market reflected in success of PG Connects Bangalore 2015

Following the record-breaking Pocket Gamer Connects London in January, Steel Media has successfully taken its conference format to Indian.

Held on 16-17 April, Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore, which was produced in association with Reliance Games, brought together over 500 delegates for the first conference of its type in India.

For two jam-packed days, the delegates joined more than 70 speakers from the mobile games industry - both domestic and international - who delivered PGC's unique short and sharply honed content across four stimulating tracks: East Meets West, Indie Academy, Acquire And Monetise, and Make In India.

As is typical for a PG Connects, support for the track-based content came in the form of the ever-popular fringe events.

A bustling I Love Indie Showcase area displayed the proud work of 25 local development studios, the legendary PG Party offered additional excellent networking opportunities, while The Very Big Indie Pitch - which here teamed up with Reliance's own Game Hack initiative - saw 22 hopeful indie teams competing for a Grand Prize of 1 million Rupees.

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"Our trip to India was inspiring and eye-opening," enthused Chris James, Steel Media's MD.

"PG Connects Bangalore exceeded our expectations on pretty much every front and I think proved categorically that you can put on a top class conference in India."

Manish Agarwal and Chris James on stage

"With a great start this year, PG Connects Bangalore has been a dream come true having delivered strong learning, networking, and discovery of some amazing talent through the Game Hack finale," said Manish Agarwal, CEO of Reliance Entertainment - Digital.

"The event was an eye opener for a vast majority of indie developers who got to learn what it takes to succeed from gaming industry stalwarts.

"The response and feedback we have been seeing is fantastic and makes us believe that the event would scale up to become bigger and better each year."