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Game Developers Conference: Swiss computer games conquer the USA

From tomorrow, the Swiss games scene will be on show under the label SWISSGAMES at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. A total of 26 game studios from Switzerland are represented at this industry event, the largest of its kind in the world, and some have already won distinctions even before the official opening of the fair. This year again the SWISSGAMES appearance is organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. To coincide with the GDC, the Council is also launching the promotional website www.swissgames.ch. This platform provides aspiring Swiss game developers with information on news and activities within the sector both at home and abroad.

Since 2000 the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has been supporting high-quality game, VR and other projects in the field of interactive media, and presenting these under the name of SWISSGAMES at international fairs and platforms. In 2016 the Council intensified this commitment with the launch of the multi-annual focus «New models of collaboration – Culture and Business»: with the aid of a new promotional model it supports in targeted fashion projects from the fields of design and interactive media in all development phases, from concept through to market launch. An important component of this support is the presentation of outstanding projects at international fairs, including this year‘s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. A total of 26 Swiss studios are represented in the 2018 SWISSGAMES delegation.

Some of the projects supported by Pro Helvetia already caused a sensation before the official opening of the event; for example the space action game «Nimbatus» from Stray Fawn Studio (founded by Philomena Schwab and Micha Stettler) was chosen as «GDC Best in Play». «SWISSGAMES is receiving great attention internationally», states Sylvain Gardel, Head of special focus «Culture and Business» at Pro Helvetia. «In relation to its size Switzerland is meeting with above-average success at the most important conference of the year. This is thanks to the high quality, innovative capacity and skill of its game developers.» In addition to awards and nominations Swiss studios also received invitations to the sought-after GDC pitches as well as to events and presentations.

Furthermore, Pro Helvetia launched the English-language promotional website www.swissgames.ch to coincide with the opening of the GDC, linking aspiring Swiss game developers internationally and informing them about the most important events, news and tendering opportunities.

Swiss games honoured at the Game Developers Conference:

  • Airheart from Blindflug Studios:
    Winner 3D Game Art Challenge by Unity and GDC
  • Mundaun from Hidden Fields:
    GDC Honorable Mention
  • Nimbatus from Stray Fawn Studio:
    GDC Best in Play

Swiss games nominated at the Game Developers Conference:

  • Kids from Playables:
    nominated for the IGF Award, Category: Nuovo Award
  • MMOS:
    nominated for the Community Leadership Award of the International Game Developers Organisation

The list of all Swiss studios present at the GDC, together with further information on SWISSGAMES activities, pitches and presentations, can be found under the following link:

Media information:
Lisa Stadler, Communication
lstadler@prohelvetia.ch; +41 44 267 71 51

Press release from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia – Zurich, 20.3.2018