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Emerging Communities: a Snapshot of the Brazilian Indie Game Development Scene Artur Mittelbach – PUCPR / IGDA Curitiba Arthur Protasio – Fableware / IGDA Rio de Janeiro Bruno Campagnolo – TECPAR / PUCPR

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Takeway: Learn the importance of nurturing indie game development groups and understand how internationalization is crucial to this endeavor in Brazil.

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Emerging Communities:a Snapshot of the Brazilian Indie Game Development Scene

Artur Mittelbach – PUCPR / IGDA CuritibaArthur Protasio – Fableware / IGDA Rio de JaneiroBruno Campagnolo – TECPAR / PUCPR

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Artur Mittelbach

BrunoCampagnolo

Arthur Protasio

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Learn the importance of nurturing indie game development groups and understand how internationalization is crucial to this endeavor in Brazil.

TakeawayTakeaway

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1. Brazil vs Brasil2. Language and Self-esteem3. Localization: AAA and Indie4. Brazilian Indies5. Main Challenges6. Future Perspectives

Snapshot Snapshot

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

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1. Brazil1. Brazil

● Emerging consumer market● 4th in the world● ~ US$700 million in sales

● Strong habit of cultural importation● Few national blockbuster titles● No Brazilian AAA companies

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1. Brasil1. Brasil

● Strong academic and game studies community● History of advergames and outsourcing● Favors globalization to content creation● Grown from 2008 to 2013

● 42 dev groups 200+ dev groups ● 560 professionals 2.000 professionals

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Global Game JamNumber of locations:

1st EUA (123)2nd Brazil (58)3rd United Kingdom (28)

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Super BR Jam / Pack of horrors / Spjam

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International Cooperation

TowerFall (2013) Rogue Legacy (2013)

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Brasil Game Show / BIG

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IGDA Meetings / SPIN

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Abragames / Acigames / ADJRS / IGDA

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SBGames

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But we are improving: 46º (2012) 38º (2013)

2. Language2. Language

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2. Self-Esteem2. Self-Esteem

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Huehuehue;

facebook.com/BrazilReviews

“Game completely in English, […] hard to believe this is from Brazil, but I know that’s a thing from Brazilians that they do not value their own language”

“If it was a American or European company I would buy, I hate Brazilians.”

2. Low Self-Esteem: Consequences2. Low Self-Esteem: Consequences

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3. Localization: AAA 3. Localization: AAA

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● Online communities localize non-Brazilian games.

● To the Moon, Gone Home, and Papers Please had official Brazilian Portuguese translations.

3. Localization: Indie 3. Localization: Indie

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● “I have an intermediate knowledge in english, but my wife has none and she played [To the Moon] today the portuguese version translated by you, and believe me: It was magic to see her sobbing and crying for something had been in english she would not even play.”

3. Localization: Indie 3. Localization: Indie

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●Brazilian games created in English●Localization comes too early or too late

in the development

3. Localization: Indie 3. Localization: Indie

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4. Brazilian Indies 4. Brazilian Indies

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Ballistic (2013) Ballistic (2013)

Browser based FPS for Facebook

International publisher: Rumble

Casual focus

One of the Top 5 Unity Game Devs – responsible for Unity Bootcamp TechDemo

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Knights of Pen and Paper (2012)Knights of Pen and Paper (2012)

International Mobile Hit

IGF Student Showcase

International publisher: Paradox

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Knights of Pen and Paper (2012)Knights of Pen and Paper (2012)

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Qasir: Al-Wasat (2012)Qasir: Al-Wasat (2012)

Stealth based game

IndieCade finalist

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Oniken (2013)Oniken (2013) Killscreen

Oniken is a game made by Brazilians, in homage to decades-old Japanese games that were made in the style of American action movies, sold online to an international audience. It’s globalization in action.

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5. Main Challenges 5. Main Challenges

● Balancing international and national audience● Providing quality localization● Adapting cultural issues● Raising awareness of Brazilian games

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● Outsourcing localization● Cultural recognition

6. Future Perspectives 6. Future Perspectives

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Learn the importance of nurturing indie game development groups and understand how internationalization is crucial to this endeavor in Brazil.

TakeawayTakeaway

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Emerging Communities: a Snapshot of the Brazilian Indie Game Development Scene

Artur Mittelbach – PUCPR / IGDA Curitiba

[email protected]

Arthur Protasio – Fableware / IGDA Rio de Janeiro

[email protected]

Bruno Campagnolo – TECPAR / PUCPR

[email protected]