October doesn’t end until the video game convention Gameacon open doors in Atlantic City from October 28th, with an ambitious run through October 30th. The event will focus on independent game developers, with 300 game developers attending, doubling its numbers from last year.
“Gameacon is the place where indie game developers become noticed and their work appreciated,” says Ari Fox, a VP at Gameacon.
Where Game Developers Get Discovered
Gameacon is focused on bringing attention to up and coming game developers, and the convention provides opportunities to get independent games in front of the media, venture capital investors and fans. A Pitch & Match service enables developers to setup 1-on-1 appointments.
Independent games at Gameacon are in the running for the video game conference’s Crystal Awards, which highlight top games based on gameplay, art direction, sound, innovation and other categories. Winning a Crystal Award often puts independent developers in the cross-hairs of video game publishers. After travelling from Lithuania and winning Best Art Direction for SAVIORX, the game’s developer received multiple calls from publishers. Another award winner, Pixelmetal’s Sombrero, was signed by a game publisher at the event.
There’s Plenty of Fan Fun at this Video Game Convention
There’s plenty for fans to enjoy at Gameacon. Here are some of the things we’re most excited by:
- Fox says to expect an intense game of laser tag on the premises. “It’s like a real life Call of Duty game,” he says.
- The best in Super Smash Bros. will assemble in Atlantic City for a tournament based on the fan-edit, Project M. Project M is a modified version of the Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, enabling gameplay more similar to the Gamecube’s, Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- Gameacon will be celebrating Halloween, both on and off premises. The event’s hotel, The Tropicana Casino Resort, is hosting its own Halloween party, and there will be a costume parade outside on the boardwalk. The event organizers also promise costume-themed mixers in the evening. “Everyone should come dressed up as much as possible,” says Fox. Expect plenty of cosplay as well.
If you can’t make this month’s event, Gameacon hits both coasts again next year: Las Vegas next September, and Atlantic City again in October.
You can signup for this weekend’s event here.