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The Very Big Indie Pitch returns to Helsinki for Pocket Gamer Connects

The Very Big Indie Pitch returns to Helsinki for Pocket Gamer Connects

Hot off the heels of an exciting Big Indie Pitch at Gamescom, a competition won by upcoming Switch title Dimension Drive, the Big Indie Pitch is returning to Pocket Gamer Connects. Yes that’s right, it’s time for our bumper Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2017 on September 19th to 20th.

Sponsored by iDreamSky, Bandai Namco and Jagex, The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2017 is a fantastic chance for mobile indie developers to show off their latest game to a range of industry experts including journalists, investors, publishers and renowned indie developers.

Those who are shortlisted to pitch will also get FREE TICKETS for both days of Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2017, alongside access to our Pitch & Match meeting system too.

Speed dating, arcade style

We have many a regular entering the Big Indie Pitch, but most of our entrants are brand new to the pitch. 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 four minutes to pitch their game to the first table of two to three judges. Once the four minutes 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 time is up and 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 industry, and receive immediate feedback on your game over the course of the meeting.

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 the game as you move forward with development. We’ll also be covering every game in our round-up piece over on PocketGamer.co.uk, and we’ll be conducting interviews with the top five which will be published right here on PocketGamer.Biz.

Finally, those selected in the top five will all receive expo space for day two of Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2017, and we’ll then have a range of prizes on offer 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.

Interested, but not sure if you quality?

Well if that describes you, then read on:

  • You can pitch games for mobile, handheld, and even for smartwatches.
  • You can pitch your game even if you've pitched it at a previous BIP.
  • 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.
  • Deadline for entries is midnight September 15th 2017 (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?

Sounds good? Well if that’s the case, then simply head over to our EVENT PAGE to find out more, or just head straight over to our REGISTRATION PAGE to submit your game now.

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


Not developing for mobile?

Well, we’ve still got you covered. As this year we’ve also brought back the VR Indie Pitch which debuted at last year’s show, and will take place this year as a part of our sister show XR Connects Helsinki 2017.

Click HERE to find out more about the VR Indie Pitch over on our sister site TheVirtualReport.Biz

That’s not all though, as we’ll also be bringing our brand new PC Indie Pitch along with us. Having successfully launched our PC-focused indie developer competition at Gamescom, we thought what better place to bring it next than PC Connects Helsinki 2017, our brand new PC focused conference which takes place as a part of Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2017.

Just like The Very Indie Pitch and the VR Indie Pitch, this competition puts the spotlight squarely on indie developers working in the PC space, just like Happy Volcano who won the first ever PC Indie Pitch with their title The Almost Gone.

All in all, it largely works the same as our leading mobile pitches, albeit with a PC focus. To find out more about our Helsinki PC Indie Pitch, including how to enter, then simply head on over to our other sister-site PCGamesInsider.Biz.


Developer Evangelist & Big Indie Pitch Manager / Special Features Writer

A 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. Currently she's on a quest to catch every last Pokemon.

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