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gamesweekdigital: Dev Booster (Phase 1)

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The first phase of the new pitching contest for game studios! Online, entertaining and interactive! Win prizes & increase your visibility.

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DEVELOPERS WITH GAMES TO ENTER THE COMPETITION:

Fill out the form and APPLY HERE WITH YOUR DETAILS ON THE GAME

::: Deadline: June 8, 2020 :::

ON THE FORMAT & AND WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND.

AS DEVELOPER but also AS MEDIA, PUBLISHER OR INVESTOR:

It's a new fun format, truly connecting B2B2C in a series of intense micro-events.

Dev Booster will accept applicants with games that are ready to promote. As of June 2020 the games must be available for marketing. This can be one of the following states :

  • In the first three (3) weeks of a launch sale
  • Publicly available as early access
  • On a store page to wish list or pre-order
  • On a crowdfunding page to subscribe to notifications
  • In an active crowdfunding campaign

The competition runs online in several rounds:

  • First phase is B2B and happens in closed discussions, pitching sessions and MeetToMatch meetings.
  • The finals show goes public and is streamed to a broader audience.

Why register and not wait for the public finals:

  • Active participants get the best insights on how the game will perform and learn most about who is behind the game and what the vision for it is.
  • In interactive and fun formats, teams will be connected with mentors and the audience. Through the MeetToMatch system you can apply to meet with the teams you want to learn more about and you are most interested in.

What is happeing when:

Phase 1:

  1. The Application: Developers with games apply for gamesweekdigital: Dev Booster, the top games are pre-selected by the Dev Booster team and event partners (closes June 8, 24:00 CET).
  2. The First Promotion: The selection of games is published on dedicated websites (among them: www.gamesweekdigital.com) and promoted to media partners and influencers (notification of eligibility on June 11+12).
  3. The First Pitch: The selected competing teams pitch their company and game to an expert jury in closed online sessions (June 15+16, 14:00 - 19:00). Our tip: Focus on your team, your marketing strategy and why your game fits your target audience!
  4. The Feedback: The pitching teams receive a detailed feedback document on their pitch, game and strategy by members of the expert jury.
  5. The First Cut: The expert jury decides about the eight teams that will pitch their game in the final round (Phase 2).

Phase 2:

  1. The Scheduling: The B2B meetings are scheduled with the finalists on June 17. The following exclusive meetings are only available for the finalists.
  2. The Mentoring: The best eight teams who moved on to Phase 2 get intensive 1:1 consultancy and mentorship sessions on game design, business and marketing by members of the expert jury, powered by MeetToMatch (June 18+19, 10:00 - 18:00)
  3. The Preparation: The eight finalists have now time to prepare for the final pitches and implement their mentors’ feedback.
  4. The Business Finals: The finalists enter the first day of the live pitching competition and showcase. In front of an independent final jury – consisting of renowned game industry professionals – and in the presence of selected partners, influencers, marketeers and media, they can present their game and impress with their pitching skills. This is followed by individual business meetings with cooperation partners who are interested in the participating games (June 24, 15:00-19:00).
  5. The Public Finals: The eight finalists then enter the last session of interactive, playful competition with the host, judges, with influencers and friends. These sessions are streamed to the public and gain good visibility! You not only present your games in front of the jury, but in front of a public audience who wants to join your community (June 26, 15:00-19:00).

All sessions are enhanced by keynotes and discussion rounds on game marketing, audience building and development as well as lively show elements and games.

Key Dates and Milestones

(all times are listed in 24:00 mode and refer to Central European time zone (CET))

  • June 8, 24:00: End of Applications
  • June 11+12, daytime: Notification of eligibility
  • June 15, 14:00 - 19:00 : First round of competition*
  • June 16, 14:00 - 19:00 : Second round of competition*
  • June 17, 12:00 - 20:00: Schedule the B2B meetings with the experts (available only for the final 8 teams)
  • June 18-19, 10:00-19:00 : MeetToMatch 1:1 and team meetings with experts*
  • June 24, 14:00 - 19:00 : Business finals*
  • June 26, 14:00 - 19:00 : Public finals**

Visibility of meetings, talks and shows (refer to * above):

*All B2B meetings and events are on closed streams infront of other participants, judges and industry experts
** The B2C live stream is publicly available for all

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