Chile emerging as Latin America’s video game incubator

Against the backdrop of an expanding gaming industry, top Chilean companies shared their knowledge at the 2013 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Chile, already known as a budding Latin American hub for entrepreneurs, is now putting itself on the map for another reason: video games.

According to ProChile, Chile’s video game industry is expanding rapidly, with a 275 percent projected sales growth from 2010 to 2014. Not to mention the Andean nation was the only Latin American country to have a booth at the recent 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) for a second consecutive year.

GDC, the largest annual gathering of video game developers in the world, recently held its 26th annual event in San Francisco. Over 20,000 industry professionals attended the event, which featured lectures, panels, tutorials, round-table discussions and a massive expo on the gaming world.

Chile at GDC

Representatives of Chile’s gaming world were on hand at GDC to discuss the country’s video game industry environment, including the ways in which initiatives such as Start-Up Chile and the new “business in a day” law support the field. Chilean video game companies that attended the event included:

OOni Games, a developer of web-based games that have been played over 500,000 times around the world, especially in Russia and Chile. Ooni Games received US$ 20,000 in initial start-up funding through the Start-Up Chile program;

Greencandy,  a company that creates games and apps that encourage positive behaviour change and learning opportunities for students in under-financed schools;

IguanaBee, a developer of several successful video games, including a 3-D audio-only game for the visually impaired and collectible card game; and,

Behavior Santiago, South America’s largest game studio and a world leader in the development of mobile device games. The firm employs around 50 developers who have created award-winning games such as Assault Heroes, Doritos Crash Course, Tetris HD and  Ice Age 4: Continental Drift: Arctic Games, among others.

In addition, Chile showcased its Video Games Chile developers association, a nonprofit group that helps video game enterprises grow through the creation of links between the government, universities, and the media.

In addition to sharing their knowledge of Chile’s gaming industry, Chilean gaming leaders also had the chance to gain valuable information and connections through networking and the exchange of new ideas from around the world at GDC.