Digital Dragons 2014 summary
Leading figures of Polish and global gamedev, PlayStation Open Days, Big Indie Pitch, Indie Showcase, VC Speed Networking and the Awards Gala – the Digital Dragons 2014 held on 8th and 9th May was an event of the first order. Over 800 participants, 20 exhibitors, 40 representatives of independent developers, awards for the best productions of AD 2013 and indie developers. The halls of the Old Tram Depot – Stara Zajezdnia and the Museum of Municipal Engineering (MIM) gathered the authors of box office hits, independent productions, publishers, journalists. Kraków Technology Park (KTP) was the organiser of the event.
Onet.pl informed that “foreign journalists and businessman appreciated the event recognising it one of the sector’s most important events throughout Europe”.
The Digital Dragons Festival was strongly extended and enhanced this year. The prologue to the Festival (7th May) included PlayStation Open Days and the Big Indie Pitch. Both events enjoyed plenty of interest.
There were many novelties in the later part of the programme of the festival too. VC Speed Networking, i.e. few-minute-long exclusive meetings with investors and venture capital funds, made a début on the second day. Moreover, the organisers arranged special business zones, and the exhibition space was designed to accommodate casual, relaxed meetings, managed by a special system. The space of the Expo Hall was used by indie developers for presenting their productions to leading publishers, journalists, and capital funds.
Lectures and presentations
The Digital Dragons 2014 lectures ran in four parallel sessions organised in appropriately furnished rooms. As in the previous years, valuable presentations were delivered. Adrian Chmielarz described his vision of combining playing experience with telling a good tale and triggering emotions in gamers. Marcin Iwiński and Michał Platkow-Gilewski of CD Projekt RED shared their way of building the brand of Wiedźmin – The Witcher. The legendary Oscar Clark, pioneer of social and F2P games and architect of PlayStation Home, explained how to develop your works into services. One of the best-known Ukrainians indie developers, George Zarkua, focused on the revolution of the entire independent market, and on plenty of detail that is usually omitted. Grażyna Domańska shared her experience in monetisation, while Mateusz Makowiec and Vlad Micu hinted how to make your début in the difficult markets of Asia.
The evening of 8th May was the time for the best productions of AD 2013 to receive Digital Dragons Awards. The Awards Gala was followed by the afterparty, whose partner this year was Paymentwall.
The atmosphere was hot. Members of the jury and experts emphasised the high quality of all the games that won nominations. CD Projekt RED claimed the Special Prize awarded by the Marshal of Małopolska Region.
Winners of the Digital Dragons:
Game of the Year – The Last of Us (Naughty Dog)
Polish Game of the Year – Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Techland)
Mobile Game of the Year – Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
Best Début – State of Decay (Undead Labs)
Free-to-Play Game of the Year – Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games)
This year’s Digital Dragons closed on 9th May with the presentation of awards to best independent productions. The winners of the competition were chosen by a special jury: Jakub Wójcik (1ndie World), Jacek Głowacki (Onet.pl), Marek Ziemak (11 bit studios), Artur Maksara (Flying Wild Hog), Maciej Miąsik (One2Tribe), Omar Ramirez (Chartboost), and Andy Touch (Unity Technologies).
Indie Showcase 2014 winners:
Best Mobile Game – Timberman
Best PC Game – Top Hat
Best Game Using Unity – Mouse Craft
Community Award – Gardens Inc
Honourable Mentions: Foodo Kitchen, Swipe Quest, and Gloria Victis
The organisation of the Digital Dragons 2014 was supported by strategic partners – GRY-Online.pl and Onet.pl. Such coproduction made it possible to run a complex study of the Polish games market, whose results were presented during the Festival.
Reports from this year’s festival are already present in many games portals. Information and reviews are available among others on Onet.pl, gry-online.pl, HC Gamer, and gamedot.