Earlier this month Chilean gaming companies travelled to San Francisco, California to attend the largest conference of its kind in North America — the 2014 Game Developers Conference.
The eight companies, along with representatives from ProChile and Trade Association for Video Game Developers of Chile (VG Chile), made the trip to showcase the innovation and creativity that is making the Chilean gaming industry one to watch.
“Chile has a growing video game industry, in addition to competent professionals capable of developing good quality at competitive prices,” Trade Commissioner Francisco Correa told press ahead of the event.
The Andean nation is home to 35 video game companies. According to VG Chile, these companies have found success at home and abroad, each bringing in between US$12million and US$15 million in 2013 alone.
A global product, video games and similar technology are a new and growing way for Chilean innovation to reach a wider audience. As Commissioner Correa noted, this modern export is a big opportunity for the country’s creative minds.
“Developing these technologies also promotes Chile and allows exporting products that can only be found in our country, which gives us an advantage over potential competitors,” he said. “Expectations are pinned on Chilean video game developers taking advantage of these instances in order to network with key players of the global industry. We know that the Chilean potential could position our country as the main hub of game development in Latin America.”
Having attended the Game Developers Conference in the past, this year Chile’s presence was bigger than ever before, evidence of the growth of the industry and its place on the world stage.
“That’s what we want to showcase at GDC 2014. In the past our presence at GDC was quite small but we have seen that our presence has grown over the years,” Juan Pablo Lastra, president of VG Chile, said.
Among the Chilean companies featured at the event were Ace Team, Amnesia Games, Ser Juegos and Mobile Solutions. As leaders not only in their home country but also in the region, the successful businesses also took part in the first ever ”Latin American Game Developers Meeting at GDC” which hoped to bring together Latin American gaming companies to share and collaborate with the goal of making the region a hub of creation in the industry.