For many people springtime starts with bud-dotted branches and green unmown grass, but for AOH spring awakening was quick and rather sudden – with the Most Promising Game Award at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Even alongside numerous promising projects from all around the globe, COFA games team succeeded in becoming the “Best Pitch” of the conference, which is one of the greatest accomplishments in the upcoming games’ industry.
The Game Developers Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. This conference attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.
There were many interesting activities at the GDC, but the most significant one for us was the GTD Pitch – part of the conference in which game developers pitch to an opinionated panel of investors and publishers, in front of a live audience. Each selected team had 5 minutes for the pitching, which was always followed by questions, advice, and feedback from the judges. That was our chance to share the idea of the Awakening with well-known investors (like Execution Labs, London Venture Partners, Signia Ventures…), famous publishers and other notables in the gaming industry.
Just like the first pasque flower after a long chilly season, this presentation was our first step on the path of challenges that are waiting for us in 2016. And, if we may say, it was very a successful step – GDC helped us not only to spread the word about the game, but also to get some important first-hand information on how experienced people in the gaming industry rate our project. The comments were exceptionally good, leaving us both satisfied with the work we’ve done so far and inspired to continue with improving the game and participating in other similar events.
Sasha Paleeva from Casual Connect:
Our game Awakening of Heroes received the prestigious award at the just finished Casual Connect Eastern Europe 2014 gaming festival. According to the jury consisting of the eminent journalists, our game was ‘the Best in Show’ among the competition of 40 indie developers.
As a co-founder of COFA Games Studio, Nevena Jovanovic said, “THE BEST GAME IN SHOW” award by critic’s choice is a great encouragement for entire team. ‘We were hoping for an award in one of the categories, but the fact that we won the first one really surprised us! This is another proof that we are on a right track. We have traveled quite a lot in the past few months and our plan is now to focus on the development of the game as much as possible’, said Nevena.
This win might also help in promoting Serbian game development scene, since it has already received lots of attention through Casual Connect. The winners are announced in several categories.
Indie Prize winners in other categories:
Best Game Art – STEAMPUNKER by Telehorse, Poland
Most Innovative Game – Gauge by Etienne Perrin, France
Most promissing Game in Development– Skyhill by The Mandragora Team, Russia
Best Game Desing- Out There by Mi-Clos Studio, France
Best Family Friendly Game – Train Valley by Flazm & Oroboro, Russia
Our game was judged by:
- Henry Oh, CNN
- Zoya Street, Gamesbrief
- Nick McCandless, The Gamer Access
- Crix Lee Davis, Girl Gamer
- Dan Oravasaari, PlayStation LifeStyle
- Aaron Whitfield, Pocket Full of Apps
- Peter Ma, Examiner.com
- Oleg Ibragimov, OpenGamer
COFA Games is proud to announce that Awakening of Heroes MOBA Game has just been selected for funding, by the Innovation Fund, among the strong competition of the most innovative enterprises in Serbia. Recognized as a project with a potential to compete globally, the game will be supported by the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and the World Bank, which will provide additional boost to its development process.
Independent International Investment Committee has been carefully studding more than 140 top-end innovative projects, in order to choose the best 12 for financing. A part of the funds, administrated by the World Bank, went to COFA Games, for its innovative video game, which is currently in the prototype phase. As the Chairman of the Independent Investment Committee, Vladeta Marjanovic explains, projects selected for financing have capable entrepreneurs and clear development plans that have potential to compete on globally.
The main goal of the Serbia Innovation Project is to strengthen Serbian companies by supporting knowledge based development, said Tomislav Jovanovic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development. To date, 6 million Euros has been dedicated to support 41 Mini Grants and 12 Matching Grants projects in Serbia. COFA Games is very grateful for this valuable help that is going to ensure stable development of Awakening of Heroes Game.The project is financed by the Innovation Fund, within Innovation Serbia Project funded by EU IPA I 2011 and administered by the World Bank.