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Korea win for PH game developers



Two entries from Filipino independent game developers won at the ASEAN Services Exhibition: Global Game Exhibition G-Star 2018 held in Busan, South Korea in November.

ThinkBIT Solution’s mobile game “Brawl Quest” and Ranida Games’ PC game “Bayani” won first and second prizes, respectively, at the Big Indie Awards competition held on 17 November.

ThinkBIT’s “Brawl Quest” takes inspiration from the Filipino modern pop culture as well as classic beat-em-up arcade games like “Double Dragon,” “Streets of Rage” and “Golden Axe.”

In the game, the players had to succeed through 50 levels while collecting a diverse set of characters with their own skills. ThinkBIT, an IT solutions company, specializes in mobile app and game development.

Meanwhile, the indie game development company Ranida Games draws heavily from the rich history and culture of the country, with characters based on true-to-life heroes, landmarks and events for the one-on-one game “Bayani.”

The Filipino developers presented their mobile and PC games during the year’s G-star, an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry traditionally held in South Korea. This year’s G-Star heavily promoted international indie game scene.

G-Star 2018 conducted activities such as workshops pertaining to game development services in Seoul and exhibitions, business matching activities and meetings and market sensing of companies in Busan at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center.

Among the delegates from the Philippines were Audacity Studio, Indigo Entertainment, Synergy 88, Gumi Games, Komikasi, Monstronauts, Redbana, Red Trident and the winners Ranida Games and ThinkBIT.

The delegates were assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Export Marketing Bureau, Philippine Trade Investment Center in Korea, Game Development Association of the Philippines and the ASEAN-Korea Center.

In a bid to further strengthen links between Philippine companies and game developers in South Korea, DTI facilitated 175 business matching meetings for the Philippines and its foreign counterparts during the event which ran from 16 to 18 November.