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The Bilbao International Games Conference consolidates itself in the video game industry

The Bilbao International Games Conference consolidates itself in the video game industry

Maria Jose Gonzalez

December 15, 2023 | 12:56 pm

La city ​​of Bilbao has become the epicenter of innovation and creativity in the video game industry with the celebration of the second edition of the Bilbao International Games Conference (BIG Conference). This event, supported by institutions such as the Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Basque Government – ​​SPRI, has been inaugurated at the Euskalduna Palace and promises to exceed the expectations established in its previous edition. Antonio Santo, co-director of the event, has expressed his enthusiasm for finding new ways to support and strengthen the Spanish video game industry, turning the conference into a crucial meeting point for the sector.

Ainara Basurko, deputy for economic promotion of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, has highlighted the importance of this event that unites professionals, public institutions, organizations and private companies. Collaboration between these different actors is essential to advance in the digital era and maintain competitiveness in the medium and long term.

The BIG Conference as a platform for talent and digitalization

Leyre Madariaga, Director of Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship of the Basque Government, emphasizes how the BIG Conference encourages young people to awaken their vocations and develop talent. This event is a unique opportunity for new startups to emerge that combine creativity, R&D, and specialized training, thus strengthening the digital ecosystem of Euskadi.

Javier Garcinuño, General Director of Bilbao Ekintza, has also highlighted Bilbao's vocation to cover specialization niches such as the one addressed by this conference. The city is presented as an ideal place for the generation of relevant projects in the field of electronic entertainment.

A diverse and enriching agenda for professionals and amateurs

La BIG Conference agenda includes lectures by leading figures such as Dinga Bakaba and Katsuhiro Harada, in addition to a significant representation of Spanish studies. Attendees will be able to enjoy practical presentations on sales, programming, crowdfunding and virtual reality, as well as workshops on accessibility and mental health.

El networking, an essential component of the event, will be facilitated through a specialized app and a job fair where various multinationals will look for talent. In addition, the general public will be able to enjoy an extensive gaming area, with independent video games, virtual reality experiences and other activities.

Recognitions and awards: a boost for the industry

The Titanium Awards gala will close the first day of the event, where the best video games of the year will be awarded in various categories, including a new one for the Best Spanish Indie Game. The Titanium Awards and the International 'BIG Indie Contest' are an example of the recognition of talent and innovation in the video game industry.

In short, Bilbao International Games Conference It is positioning itself as an essential event for the video game industry, not only nationally but also internationally. With a combination of talent, innovation and collaboration, the BIG Conference It is a reflection of the dynamism and growth capacity of the electronic entertainment sector in Euskadi and beyond.

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