Brazil’s Independent Game Festival (BIG Festival), the largest independent games festival in Latin America, announced Thursday morning that, due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the conference will take place completely online. BIG Digital Edition 2020 will take place for five days starting on June 22 and continue through June 26. The festival invites developers, publishers, buyers, and international investors to attend free lectures and book conference meetings online.
BIG Festival has also rescheduled its full, physical event, which will now take place from January 27, 2021 to January 31, 2021, at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in São Paulo. This in-person conference will feature lectures from games industry professionals, face-to-face business meetings, and the expansive consumer festival.
Following the trend of major international game festivals, such as Pocket Gamer Connects Digital and GamesBeat Summit, BIG Digital 2020 will remain an important place for developers, publishers, and other valuable members of the games industry to connect through a new, online format.
“Our matchmaking tool has been adapted and developed to book and hold online face-to-face meetings,” explained Gustavo Steinberg, Director of BIG Festival and BIG Digital.
The online edition aims to meet the needs of Brazilian and Latin American developers, whose business networking opportunities were limited amid the cancellation of many essential global trade events.
“BIG Digital will be fundamental to help with the export of games and services from Brazilian game companies. Organizing meetings with publishers, buyers, and international investors will be essential to guarantee the growth of the Brazilian game industry, even during this difficult moment that we are all going through,” said Eliana Russi, Executive Manager of Brazil Games.
BIG Festival will announce the complete BIG Digital 2020 program and open registration for both lectures and business meetings at a later date.
For more information and updated announcements about BIG Digital 2020 and BIG Festival 2021, visit the official website.