The Big Indie Pitch returns to Helsinki next month and debuts in Jordan this November

One familiar favourite and a new destination as Pocket Gamer Connects continues to expand

The Big Indie Pitch returns to Helsinki next month and debuts in Jordan this November

You'd think after the success of the first-ever Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong, and our ever-popular Gamescom pitches, that we'd be slowing down wouldn't you?

Nothing could be further from the truth, as coming up next we have not one, but two bumper edition Very Big Indie Pitches and a PC indie Pitch to keep your eyes peeled for.

First up is our return to one of the homes of mobile gaming, Helsinki. Yes, it's that time of year again, as Pocket Gamer Connects rolls into the Finnish capital and with it comes the ultra-competitive and always popular Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki.

That's not all though, as like last year, we're also bringing The Big Indie Pitch's sister competition The PC Indie Pitch with us too in order to showcase as many talented developers as possible.

However, unlike previous years, Helsinki isn't the end of the 2019 calendar for Pocket Gamer Connects or the bumper edition Very Big Indie Pitches. That's because this year we'll be growing from the success of the past two years of Very Big Indie Pitch competitions in the Jordanian capital, by hosting not only the first-ever Very Big Indie Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Jordan, but also the first-ever PC Indie Pitch to take place in the Middle East.

Join in

We’re looking for talented indie developers from around the world to come and join us at our upcoming Pocket Gamer Connects shows as part of The Very Big Indie Pitch. Interested and think you fit the bill? If so then simply read on. Details on how to register including links can be found at the end of this article.

Not only is this a perfect opportunity for indie developers of all shapes and sizes, both regionally and internationally, to show off their latest game to a range of industry experts including journalists, investors, publishers and renowned indie developers, but it’s also a prime networking opportunity, and a great chance to get involved in an exciting conference as well.

Oh, did we mention that it's free to enter and that every developer will receive guaranteed editorial coverage and written feedback? There’s also be brand new prizes too that have been tailored specifically for the indie community, and all of our developers will be entered into consideration for the next Big Indie Awards!

Speed-dating, arcade style

We have many a regular entering the Big Indie Pitch, but most of our entrants are brand new to the event. So, if you’re one of those developers who has never entered the Big Indie Pitch before, you may be wondering just how it works. Well, if that’s the case, then let me explain.

The Big Indie Pitch process couldn’t be simpler. Developers come along with their games in hand, before being given five minutes to pitch their title to the first of five judges' tables.

Once the time is up, a horn will sound and it’s time to move onto the next table and do it all over again. Once developers have seen all five tables their turn is over and it's time for the next set of developers begin their pitches.

All in all, it’s a unique chance to place your game into the hands of some of the most influential minds in the industry and receive immediate feedback on your game over the course of the meeting.

Our Big Indie Awards 2018 Winners

Feedback, prizes and coverage

Following the pitch, we’ll also collect up all of the feedback and email this over to you so you have a written record of just what the judges liked about the game, alongside some tips and advice on how they think you could grow it as you move forward with development.

We’ll be covering every game in our round-up piece over on and we’ll be conducting interviews with the top three which will be published right here on PocketGamer.Biz.

We’ll also have a range of prizes on offer at both pitches for the top three developers. Prizes which the lucky developers will be able to use across our portfolio of websites in order to market and promote their game, alongside free tickets to a Pocket Gamer Connects event of your choice.

Interested, but not sure if you qualify?

Well if that describes you, then read on:

  • You can pitch games for mobile, handheld (including Switch) mobile VR or AR in The Big Indie Pitch, or for PC, Mac and Linux for The PC Indie Pitch
  • You can pitch your game even if you've pitched it at a previous event
  • We prefer to see unreleased games, though we're happy to see games that are out too
  • Your game doesn’t have to be completed, as we welcome games in development
  • Deadlines for entries are listed on each event page (entry details below). However, space is limited so the sooner you enter the more likely you are of being shortlisted
  • Oh, and did we mention it's completely free to enter and every shortlisted developer will get free entry to Pocket Gamer Connects?

We're really looking forward to highlighting indie developers from the whole world over. Simply head over to our event pages on for more info, or if you've seen enough already then you can head straight to our registration pages right here on PocketGamer.Biz.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your business cards.

Forthcoming Big Indie Pitch competitions

The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2019

The PC Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2019

The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Jordan 2019

The PC Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Jordan 2019

Further upcoming BIPs include:

More coming soon so make sure to regularly check our upcoming events page here and over on

Developer Evangelist & Big Indie Pitch Manager / Special Features Writer

Queen of all things Indie. Sophia is Steel Media’s Big Indie Pitch Manager and Developer Evangelist. She’s also a global speaker and lifelong gamer with a fanatical love of all things Nintendo and Japan. So much so that she’s written a thesis on one and lived in the other.