NASSCOM’s city based game development competition

NASSCOM Gaming Forum organizes city based game development competition; to evangelize the developers landscape in the country

New Delhi, 31st July, 2014: To build a robust and sustainable game developers ecosystem in the country, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Gaming Forum in collaboration with MindBox, India’s leading Creative Education initiatives by ARK Infosolutions are jointly organizing “GameJam Titans”. The “GameJam Titans” is a game development competition, and will be held across six cities in India (Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi) from 22nd August to 28th September 2014. The winners shortlisted from each of these cities will be given an opportunity to showcase their game on the sidelines of the NASSCOM Games Developer Conference to be held in Pune on 13th to 15thNov 2014.

The ever increasing mobile user base with data connectivity is creating opportunities for game developers across the board. Recognizing the growing opportunity, NASSCOM Gaming Forum and Mindbox aim to tap the potential of young gaming developers through this competition. The competition is open to colleges, schools and professionals who will be developing games at the venue for a period of 48 hours. More than 50 schools from each region will participate in these competitions, which will provide an opportunity to students not only to identify their own creativity & life skills, but also compete at this large platform. School teams will be given a theme (week prior to the competition) on which they will develop a game and present to the jury on the final day.

Mr. Rajesh Rao, Chair, NASSCOM Gaming Forum, said, “The gaming industry in India has proved its capability in terms of delivering quality products and has the potential for acquiring a large domestic as well as international market. The sector is poised to grow at an exponential level in the years to come and will continue to capture the imagination of users and developers alike. Through this competition, we aim to engage with the youth and encourage them to take up game development as a career as it is a growing domain.

Speaking about the upcoming competition, Mr. Rishi Khemka, CEO & Director, ARK Infosolutions, said, “We are overwhelmed with the encouraging response we have received from schools, colleges and their students for our ‘Game Jam Titans’ competition. We, at MindBox, believe in creating such platforms for students to express their individuality in more innovate and creative waysWe are pleased to partner with NASSCOM Gaming Forum and provide young students this creative platform and promote the game development culture in India.

The Indian gaming services have moved up the value chain with more end- to-end offshoring work in terms of development coming to India. NASSCOM Gaming Forum recognizes the gaming industry as a significant user of technology which can further showcase India’s well established credentials in the IT Industry space. The competition will aim to further build the gaming ecosystem in India and promote it as a viable career option amongst students. Students participating can get registered atwww.gamejamtitans.com for GameJam Titans. NASSCOM Gaming Forum also plans to provide expert training to registered students for GameJam Titans on Unity Game Engine.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM® is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1400 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM’s member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPM services, e-commerce & web services, engineering services off-shoring and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 3.1 million professionals. The Gaming Forum has five active city chapters – Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore – each of which regularly hosts developer meet-ups. It also organizes the annual NASSCOM Game Developers Conference which is the premier industry event in India.

About MindBox

MindBox is an ARK Infosolution initiative on providing Creative Education at school Level and technology education for higher education. MindBox Creative Education Program offers complete 360 degree solutions in the area of creativity for children from Class 1st to Class 12th. For Higher Education Segment we train and certify on technology software used by the industry making them Industry ready during the graduation process itself. MindBox offers courses in the fields of Robotics, 3D Animation, Game Development, Digital Videography, Digital Photography, Digital Painting, Graphics Design, CAD, CAM, CAE, DSP & AEC with many more to be added in due course.

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NASSCOM

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