Sponsored by Tencent Games, the third installment of Global Game Stars (GGS) took place at the YetiZen Innovation Lab in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week. GGS @ SF aimed to help mobile game developers go global by giving them the opportunity to launch their app in China, the fastest growing gaming market with over one billion users.
Eleven pre-selected gaming companies were given Silver Passes to demo their app in front of over 200 attendees and a panel of judges from leading distributors in China, including Tencent, RenRen, Kingsoft, Perfect World, Ourpalm, Yodo1, ReKoo and IdreamSky. The winner(s) of GGS will launch their game in China at GMIC Beijing, Asia’s largest and most influential mobile Internet conference, and will have the chance to partner with one or more of those distributors for a guaranteed one million downloads in China.
Those 11 Silver Pass holders at GGS SF were: Trial Xtreme 3, Bread Kittens, Gigabattle, Rage of the Gladiator, League of Heroes, Mango Hero, Royal Revolt, The Sandbox, Mr. Runner 2: The Masks, Mother of Myth and Guitarbot.
The games were applauded for their high quality and originality. “I will email you the contract today,” said Henry Fang, CEO of Yodo1, to Georg Broxtermann of ‘Royal Revolt’ right after he finished his presentation. “Yes, me too,” said Alex Xu, SVP of Perfect World.
“This event shows that GMIC and its organizer GWC have the actual strength to bring together great games from all over the world,” said Chen Rui, VP of Kingsoft. “Also, it shows that China market is really attractive to game developers nowadays.”
“And, at the same time, it is a very complicated market where you will definitely need to find the right partner,” added Claire Huang, the business development manager for Tencent, China’s largest and most utilized Internet services portal. Tencent Games is a world-class online game developer and operator, and is recognized as the largest online game community in China.
The committee of judges chose “Royal Revolt” from Germany as the grand winner, and “Mr. Runner 2: The Masks” and “Guitarbot” as the runner-ups. Those three were given Golden Passes and invited to demo at the GGS Summit hosted during GMIC Beijing.