European Games BizDev Gathering, the First of a New Industry Support Initiative

The event offers exposure and connection opportunities for European game developers.

The European Game Developer Federation (EGDF) and the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) have pledged to aid the video game industry in Europe through a code of co-operation, hoping to provide support and new opportunity for developers and the whole industry during the current global crisis.

The first of these is the “European Games BizDev Gathering,” an online event scheduled for May 13 and 14 that will provide developers with exposure and opportunity for funding, publishing deals, and partnerships to bring their ideas to a “worldwide audience of publishers and investors.”

The EGDF and ISFE released the following statements about the event:

“EGDF has united European games industry hotspots under a single umbrella and ISFE has had a stronger presence than us in Brussels. We are hoping that closer cooperation will help us to find new ways to support our member associations and their members, secure a more harmonised European regulatory framework across the Union and make the challenges small to big European game developer studios are facing more visible in Brussels and get tangible results for change.”

Hendrik Lesser, President of EGDF

“EGDF and ISFE have complementary members, focus and skills. This cooperation presents both organisations with an exciting opportunity to strengthen our European identity, broaden our geographic reach, build on valuable industry networks, face challenges together and speak with one voice to Europe’s regulators.”

Olaf Coenen, Chairman of ISFE

There’s more on the horizon, with the organizations promising “joint European games industry reports that will include both market and industry data,” and more big picture opportunities for “closer co-operation in the future.”

Given the stress placed on markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts like this will hopefully provide a solid foundation to secure the stability of the industry and the jobs it provides for the present and future.

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