Story-driven puzzle adventure Abi wins the Big Indie Pitch at ChinaJoy 2017

Dungeon Balls and Drive Ahead! Arena take second and third spots

Story-driven puzzle adventure Abi wins the Big Indie Pitch at ChinaJoy 2017

Grant&Bert’s puzzle adventure game Abi took first place at the Big Indie Pitch at ChinaJoy.

The Big Indie Pitch is a regular event run by the makers of It sees indie developers engage in a speed-dating-styled pitching competition for fame and those sweet, sweet promotional packages.

The event gives indies three minutes to pitch their games to a panel of press, publishers and industry pundits. The judges then pick three winners and everybody gets valuable feedback. This latest one took place in the busy city of Shanghai.


Grant&Bert’s submission Abi was the winning game at this year’s Big Indie Pitch at ChinaJoy. It’s a story-driven puzzle adventure game in which players must discover the truth behind humanity’s disappearance. The game’s stylish art, clever gameplay and emotional narrative made it a favourite among judges.

Dungeons Balls

Raysol Games’ title offers up a new spin on pinball, complete with puzzles to solve and monsters to kill. Using unique control schemes, the game adeptly provides fun, exciting and challenging gameplay.

Drive Ahead! Arena

Dodreams’s manic entry sees up to 50 players battle it out in vehicles filled to the brim with weaponry. Users must crash, burn and slice their way to victory, as well as take advantage and be mindful of the physics-based environment around them.

The next Big Indie Pitch will take place in Cologne, Germany alongside Gamescom on August 22nd, 2017.

After that, we'll be bringing the competition to Helsinki at Pocket Gamer Connects, where we'll be hosting the supersized Very Big Indie Pitch on September 19th to 20th.

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