The South Korean games market is in the top five in the world, and G-STAR represents an excellent opportunity to do business with the companies in the region.
Whatever your interest in the games industry, whether you are a publisher, developer, or an investor looking for new opportunities, G-STAR is the perfect destination to start doing business in Asia.
The annual show, taking place each November and featuring activities for both gamers and game makers, is a fixture in the international calendar now. The full schedule for the event includes the 2019 Korea Game Grand Prix, G-STAR Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, B2B Networking Party, G-CON Global Game Conference 2019, G-STAR Indie Showcase and Game Investment Market.
The Asian market is one of the fastest-growing regions in the games business. And South Korea itself is home to some of the biggest names in games including the likes of Netmarble, Gamevil, NCSOFT, Smilegate, Bluehole, Supercell (the annual sponsor of G-STAR) and many more.
G-STAR also attracts companies from neighboring countries like Japan and China, plus other rapidly growing regions like South East Asia and India, creating enormous opportunities for establishing contacts in a relaxed environment. This conference and exhibition is the largest gaming exhibition in Korea.
2019 Korea Game Awards
To launch the conference, the Korea Game Award opens the show on the night before the expo halls open. This evening event features the Korea Game Awards, where the best talent in Korea are celebrated and honored for their achievements. Last year caused quite a shock, because for the first time there were no online PC titles among the nominations, with all available slots filled by mobile games.
G-STAR Welcome Reception
G-STAR welcomes all conference speakers, buyers, publishers, developers, and trade visitors both domestic and foreign. For an evening of mixing and mingling with the cream of the industry. A perfect way to start doing business in Korea in a relaxed atmosphere.
G-STAR Opening Ceremony
The main exhibition starts in style, with VIPs from the major attending companies, and leaders from the largest organizations, joining the team from G-STAR on stage. They’ll set the scene and welcome everybody to the event. Some big announcements are expected.
G-STAR B2B Networking Party
After a hard day on the show floor all the trade visitors, exhibitors, and buyers are invited to a relaxing evening of cultural experiences. There, the networking can continue over a few drinks.
G-CON 2019 Global Games Conference
This year’s G-CON features the finest speaker line-up in G-STAR history. With two full days of in-depth talks covering all areas of the games industry including game design, development, monetization, apps, 3D scanning and much, much more.
G-STAR Indie Showcase
Indie developers have their own showcase hall at this year’s G-STAR. Over 30 indie studios have been selected to take part, and each studio will have their own space to showcase their latest games to the world. The studios taking part come from all over the globe, and there will be a wide range of different game styles and genres on show. G-STAR will also be giving a reward to the most popular game.
This year will also host the final round of Steel Media’s Big Indie Pitch competitions where developers compete in a unique speed dating style format in front of a panel of expert judges. Each entrant has four minutes to demo their game and can get real feedback on their projects along with a chance to win editorial coverage in Pocket Gamer, bespoke Indie packages to promote and market your game across Steel Media’s portfolio of websites and events and also collect the prized BIP Baseball Bat.
Game Investment Market
If you are an investor looking for opportunities or a developer looking for funding, then this is the place to be. This quiet area is set aside from the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition, so you can chat freely and close deals on everything game-related, from education and video production to pitching and more.
Party On The Beach
G-STAR has a packed schedule of events, but there are also plenty of other things happening around the event. There will be many parties organized by game companies at Haeundae Beach area in addition to the official reception and G-STAR parties, so keep your eyes open for announcements. Plus there’s free wifi almost everywhere, so you’re never out of touch.
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