South Korea is expecting its first indie game festival and conference this September. Busan Indie Connect will be held September 10-12 at the Busan Content Center, located near Haeundae Beach.
The event is co-organized by the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, Korea Mobile Games Association, and the Indie Ra game developer community. The theme of the event is “Build, Inspire, Connect.” Developers from Korea and around the world will have the opportunity to inspire, discuss, and compare ideas with one another. The main exhibition will showcase 100 indie games spanning across mobile, console, PC, VR, and board game platforms. Applications for exhibitors are open from now until August 7.
Accommodations for exhibitors (up to two members per team) will be provided, and include a two-night stay — Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 — at a Hotel that is yet-to-be-determined. The exhibition itself is free, and there will be networking events for developers. These events include the “After Dark” welcome party, which will be set outdoors along the Suyoung River. The following night will be the “Indie Heaven” mixer which plans to bring together publishers, developers, and press to meet and relax.
Busan Indie Connect will also feature conferences with figures from the industry, like CEO of Indie MEGABOOTH Kelly Wallick, who will present her company’s initiative to bring indie games into conferences previously dominated by big budget games. YoungChae Kim, CEO of OddOne Games, will discuss his development experience of the MMORPG Tree of Life.
To learn more about Busan Indie Connect, or to sign up, visit the official website.