The Iranian gaming industry is opening its doors to the outside world, and the country is welcoming foreign gaming companies to its first international game convention.

Tehran Game Convention (TGC) will be Iran’s first international B2B video game industry event and is going to be held on the 6TH and 7TH of July 2017 at IRIB international conference center. Over 30 local and international companies are expected to attend this event.

Publishers from countries such as the Netherlands, Austria, US, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, Jordan, Estonia, Germany and Finland are attending the TGC. These Companies were invited by Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation and Game Connection.

Well-known Companies such as Rovio the maker of angry birds, THQ Nordic best known for Darksiders, Square Enix Europe known for Just Cause, Tomb Raider and Hitman and finally Deep Silver, publisher of Dead Island and Homefront series are among the buyers attending the conference.

According to statistics, 77% of Iranian game players use smartphones for gaming, therefore a number of well-known mobile game publishers will also attend TGC in a bid to boost Iran’s mobile games market and its developers.

The conference includes 60 speeches and 5 master classes. The master classes include topics such as Business, production, game design, art and technology/programming.

The event’s advisory board consists of Mike Acton from Insomniac Games, Sébastien Lagarde of the Unity Technologies and Yaser Zhian of Dead Mage for technology and programming, Henry LaBounta the Chief Visual Officer at Zynga and Amirhossein Erfani of Space Fox Studio for art. Moreover, Susan O’Connor Scriptwriter, Speaker, Consultant and Aidin Zolghadr, Indie Game Developer for game design, Keith Fuller of Fuller Game Production and Amir H. Fassihi from Dead Mage for production, Phil Elliott from Square Enix and Farzam Molkara CEO at Simulator Developer Co for business are among TGC’s advisory board.

Game developers can also take part in the Developers Award before the actual conference. International publishers will then rank and select the best games to be awarded a grant during the closing ceremony.

TGC is aimed at creating a bridge between the Iranian video game industry and international publishers. Iran’s large number of the youth population and internet users can bring plenty of opportunities for both Iranian and international publishers.

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