Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore 2016 is almost with us, and while Bangalore is several hours on a plane away, there's plenty of good reasons to make the trip.
There's the usual PGConnects format of essential talks from some of the best minds in the world of mobile games, but India has a lot more to offer its attendees.
Why India? Why Bangalore?
India is adding 20 million new smartphones every month and most of these consumers are experiencing gaming for the first time on mobile devices, instead of the more typical console or PC background of western audiences.
Mobile gaming in India is the sleeping giant of the global games market, and it's about to wake up.
Amit Khanduja, CEO of Reliance Games and partners with Steel Media for the event, highlights the rich gaming past for Indian companies:
"India has been on the forefront of outsourcing or art for console games for a very long time. With the growth of mobile gaming industry, there is a new breed of gaming companies who have been very successful in publishing globally," he says.
"Glu, Zynga and Reliance have big development studios in India and are developing global games with big brands."
Chris James, Steel Media MD, points to the "wealth" of natural technical talent in the area in addition to the sheer volume of consumers.
"As we saw with China several years ago, the Indian mobile games market is clearly on the threshold of explosive transformation," he states.
The Indian mobile games market is clearly on the threshold of explosive transformation.Chris James
So get your tickets for Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore 2016, which is taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April, and ensure you don't miss out.
Not only will we have 50+ speakers stretched across 6 tracks, but we'll also have several of the brightest stars in India taking to the stage, in addition to brilliant minds from around the world.
"PG Connects is a great opportunity to connect with pretty much all the leading players in the Indian ecosystem in one place, and all through the familiar format of a PG Connects conference," adds James.
China's top developer and publisher NetEase (#6 on the PocketGamer.biz Top 50 Developers list for 2016) is one key company in attendance, while representing indie success is UK studio Fireproof, which created the The Room series of paid games.
If that's not enough, why not talks from industry giants such as Electronic Arts, Samsung, and Google.
The event will also host one of Pocket Gamer's successful Big Indie Pitch events, allowing attendees a chance to see the newest indie developers and companies who are ready to push their company to the next level.
Of course, these trends and talks will be covered by editorial teams from Steel Media and beyond too.
You can get more information about the conference via its website.