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The 15th Edition of India Game Developers Conference to Spotlight South Asia’s Gaming Evolution

–To be held at Hyderabad between November 02-04, 2023–

Hyderabad: Riding high after last year’s success, the India Game Developers Conference (IGDC) is back with a bang in its 15th annual avatar. South Asia’s biggest and most significant developer conference will come alive at HICC, Hyderabad from November 2 to 4, 2023. Packing a punch will be over 4,000 attendees, 150 plus speakers and more than 100 hyperactive sessions.

Fuelled by a robust ecosystem of developers and users, the Indian gaming industry has emerged as the world’s second largest market. It is estimated that by 2028, the Indian gaming market could touch $10 billion annually. In 2022, the vast expanse of gamers in the country had exceeded 400 million, clocking an impressive 40 million growth over the previous year. The massive 600 million plus smartphone user-base has given it a significant push. India has the highest mobile data consumption rate in the world at 20 GB per user per month. In-app purchases facilitated by UPI payments and localised content has also driven engagement.

Designed as an event ‘By the Industry, For the Industry,’ the conference is organised by industry volunteers, aided by corporates and industry leaders. Over the years, the IGDC has emerged as a major driver of growth of the Indian gaming ecosystem. Upgrading every year, the conference series has been a must-attend event for scores of game developers, publishers and investors. They have immensely benefited from the IGDC’s objective: Empowering game developers with insights, upskilling and networking options with industry leaders and investors.

On the Conference agenda this year, is an engaging mix of interactions, awards and game-centred activities: An Investor-Publisher Connect linking them with studios and developers; trademark IGDC Awards to identify and reward game developers and studios across multiple categories; and a unique Build Your Own Game (BYOG) game jam.

Game developers countrywide will converge for BYOG to build a game within a limited timeframe, based on a set of themes. Launched in 2010, BYOG is India’s oldest annual game jam, churning out champion game developers year after year. Past winners have used this as a springboard to win multiple global awards, launch their own game development firms and build riveting games.

Scheduled for November 3, the IGDC Awards will honour game developers and studios across 10 categories: Mobile Game of the Year, PC / Console Game of the Year, Visual Art, Game Play, AR / VR Game of the Year, Indie Game of the Year, Student Game of the Year, Upcoming Game of the Year, Jury Award for Game with a Climate Change theme and Popular Choice Award. The winners will be picked by an international jury of games industry leaders across different verticals. This year saw a record number of 300+ entries for the awards.

Another key event, the IGDC Investor-Publisher Connect 2023, is an invite-only flagship initiative. It is designed to help investors and publishers meet studios and developers looking to secure investments for their projects and studio or those looking to publish their games. All engagements are pre-screened and scheduled in an exclusive one-on-one format.

Lined up to speak on all things gaming are an impressive list of Art Directors, Project Heads, Studio Heads and CBOs. They represent some of the top Indian and international gaming and investment firms. Here’s a list: Super Evil Megacorp, Firaxis Games, EA, IGDA, GameFounders, MasalaGames, Savage Games, Paradox Interactive, Gearbox Entertainment, Nazara Technologies, Crown Book / Scouts Life, Dawon Entertainment, Scary Robot, Daniel Mullins Games, LUDiMUS, Snapser Inc, Rovio, Nukebox Studios, SQOOL Co, Zoox Inc, Artsmith Concepts and Visions, Revenant Esports, Qlan, and Annapurna Interactive. IGDC 2023 will also see a leading game designer from Larian Studio, the makers of one of the world’s top grossing games at the moment, Baldur’s Gate 3 speaking on their experience.

Powered by Unreal Engine, the 15th IGDC has Nazara Technologies as diamond sponsor and KRAFTON India as its platinum sponsor and MIXI, Inc as the Gold Sponsor. With the Government of Telangana as State sponsor and Prytania Media as the experience Partner, the conference has Microsoft Xbox and Winzo as bronze sponsors. Govt. of United Kingdom as Country Partner, Arsht- Rock Atlantic Council is the awards partner and Lakshya Digital, the diversity and inclusion partner. Among the associate sponsors are Elevation Capital, TapNation, Audiomob, Payoneer, 88Games, Agora, NCore Global, Liftoff, Yandex, SocialPeta and RedApple Tech.

Till last year’s 14th edition returned to the physical mode, the IGDC was in a two-year long Covid-induced virtual mode. But the gaming community had kept the engagements alive, returning to the physical avatar in big numbers at HICC Hyderabad from November 3 to 5, 2022. Over 4,000 participants had turned up for the mega show.

Tickets are live at early bird prices for the 15th edition on