The international Independent Videogame Competition hóPLAY is holding a new edition at AlhóndigaBilbao from 27th November to 3rd December, with the intention of rising up in the indie competition and programme reference in Spain and southern Europe.
The Competition, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, constitutes a focal point of attention in the industry at the international level with a desire to serve as a springboard for Basque Companies.
hóPLAY´14 pursues the following targets:
1. Foster the promotion and internationalisation of both the event and Basque Companies. In this edition, we count with the support of Google and Steel Media, a British communications group specialised in videogames with over 45 million readers a month.
2. Take stock of the journey up to this V edition, taking a retrospective vision of the sector in the Basque Country and making a portrait of the most up-to-date reality. The aim is to show the origins of the industry in the Basque Country and its most current reality. These last 5 years have been turmoil for the industry in the Basque Country and hóPLAY has helped support the sector and entrepreneurs.
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform is participating as a sponsor this year, offering a voucher for $500 in credit for Google Cloud Platform services to all developers taking part in hóPLAY. In addition, it will award an exclusive prize of $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform services to one of the videogame developer companies taking part in hóPLAY meeting certain requirements.
The finalists, to the Big Indie Pitch
In addition, the hóPLAY finalists will have the opportunity of taking part in a novel pitching event: the Big Indie Pitch. There they will be able to present their projects to journalists from the international media like Pocket Gamer, 148apps, AppSpy, etc. Moreover, they will be able to win several prizes valued at $8,500 in the form of advertising in several international media. This event format held at world reference events like the E3, Google I/O or GDC, has never been held in Spain before.
V Edition of hóPLAY International Independent Videogame Competition
For the fifth consecutive year, hóPLAY is yet again the not to be missed event of the Indie sector. The main aim of this competition is to promote those independent videogame productions whose differentiating values are originality, creativity and innovation. The Competition health is hale and hearty with 112 videogames presented this year.
This new edition has an important international presence with the participation of countries like Norway, France, Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, the US and UK. Of the 32 finalist projects, 18 are Spanish, 8 international and 6 Basque.
The hóPLAY´14 Award Giving Gala will be held on 28th November at 8:30 p.m.
Consult the complete programme of activities.