Game Industry Conference
This year's conference is aimed at developers and enthusiasts to create games. Its main purpose is to provide an environment enthusiasts an opportunity to conclude business contacts, discussions on current trends and exchange valuable experiences.
The Biggest Gamedev event in Central and Eastern Europe
Game Industry Conference already was the biggest gamedev event in Poland since 2012, when it passed 2000 participants. Currently, together with collocated Poznan Game Arena - a huge game expo, it surpasses other events around with nearly every statistic, growing to be the biggest one in Eastern Europe.
The GIC features in three days: over a hundred of talks and workshops in seven parallel tracks, B2B exhibition zone, Pitch&Match meeting zone and obviously three networking parties one each evening. The newest additions to that since 2016 are super successful CareerZone, an event connecting developers with investors and publishers, the Best Game Video awards gala and Japan+Eastern Europe Networking Event prepared in cooperation with Tokyo Game Show.
The events in are Poznan traditionally the spot to meet most of the Polish gamedev community: both indie developers and representatives of largest game development studios. With every edition it attracts more and more game developers from neighboring countries, not only from Eastern Europe, but also from Germany, Nordic countries and rest of the world. While organized with indie spirit, GIC is also an excellent place for business.
The Indie Zone on the PGA originates from 2013 and is growing every year with number and quality of indies showcasing, but also with visitors interest. Aside from Polish indies, it is regularily, featuring ones from Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel,Netherlands, US, Sweden and more. The magnet that brings them is not only reasonable costs of showcasing, but also the presence of international media and prizes that are awarded to the best games every year.
Poznań Game Arena
The PGA is the largest digital entertainment and multimedia event in this region of Europe. Presenting mainly the newest games and gaming equipment, the PGA serves also as a festival of cosplay, gaming culture and e-sports. The expo steadily grows with tens of thousands of visitors every year. Traditionally, the PGA includes a day for professionals and media with lectures and panel debates about the games market.
The GIC offers several B2B or bussines-to-developers opportunities. The B2B exhibition area, although close to B2C exhibitions of PGA expo, is separate and offers an excellent environment to meet developers and business partners. The Pitch&Match system and the meeting zone allow for well organized meetings. It also hosts the Japan+Eastern Europe Networking Event. Business Lounge offers a place to sit down and chill out or to have a casual meeting. It also serves lunches in lunch hours and coffee, soft drinks and snacks non-stop. Finally, the networking events happening every evening are organized to include space to sit and talk as well as Polish food and drinks.
The Career Zone was included in the conference in 2016, with seven companies trying to attract employees for their Polish and international offices. It was even more successful than we hoped for. Companies recruiting were reporting they met many candiates, both Polish and foreign and on all levels of experience, starting from juniors and students, but also offering seniors and leads. The best success story is five new employes from this one event.
Poznań is situated in the midway from Berlin to Warsaw, ca. 300km from both of them. With International Poznań Fair, the biggest expo grounds in Poland, this capital of rich Greater Poland region plays an important role in business and industry.Poznań is quite easily reachable from all around Europe. Being the nearest big city to the east for Berlin and northern Germany it is connected with highway, multiple train and bus lines, that take 3h to travel and offer prices starting from €10. There are regular direct flights to Poznań from 20 European airports. From most of the other places in Europe Poznań should be reachable by plane with only one change. Poznań is famous not only for its trade fair facilities but also rich trading traditions, interesting sights, original cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. The Old Market Square with a renaissance Town Hall and historic apartment houses is the true heart of Poznań. The Cathedral Island used to be the home to one of the first capital cities of the Piast dynasty state. In the Golden Chapel there
is the tomb of Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry, Poland’s first rulers. Poznań surprises you with the variety of its offer. It is the city where the modern meets tradition and history, creating a mosaic which is one of a kind and unique.