By Jon Lopera
Vancouver, what a disgustingly beautiful place to hold an unsurprisingly successful event for mobile games and tech.
And while the dust settles on a rather detached week for Great Britain, here we are across the pond making new friends and meeting some of the industry’s most respected and promising companies who’ll no doubt have a positive effect on our future. After all we’re here to build a better world together because when it comes down to it let’s face it, we’re stronger in doing so.
Brexit connotations aside, the games industry has always maintained an air of support for one another and it’s events like SteelMedia’s PG Connects Vancouver that help bridge the gap between established, upcoming and all round talented people who care about one thing – great games and great tech.
Having learnt that Vancouver is one of the fastest growing cities in North America and indeed the world, it’s also evident that we’re surrounded by a place that harbours super talented developers, artists and entrepreneurs who’ve clearly been a major part of this thriving economy. Companies like Eastside Gamesand Hothead Games who’ve created titles such as Dragon Up and Rivals at War respectively, have reaped the rewards of a government whose outspokenly supported the actions of gaming companies for a while now. PG Connects Vancouver has also welcomed companies like ZPLAY from across the world in China and other Asian developers who’ve not only helped provide the local communities with job prospects, but with a gateway for larger business opportunities that help shape to a better market.
We’ve seen many a cool new products over the past week here, spoken to some amazing individuals and met who we believe will be the next big thing in gaming through The Very Big Indie Pitch. Couple the above with a beautiful city, kind local residents and a beautifully built convention centre overlooking the world famous Whistler Mountains, and you get an extremely jealous couple of Brits heading back to a divided country in what feels like it will be a very sad and long journey home.