Getting the Right Partner: Success Stories from the Participation in GCA 2018

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

Hopefully, the success stories will continue in this year’s participation

After the first participation in Game Connection America 2018 (GCA 2018),  some Indonesian game developers/publishers will be back again to San Francisco to participate in GCA 2019. Under Archipelageek initiative from BEKRAF and AGI, 10 developers/publishers will exhibit their games, as well as seek new partners for future collaboration.

As the biggest B2B event in the world, there is no doubt that Game Connection is the main choice for developers/publishers to seek a new opportunity. Many notable companies, such as Ubisoft, EA, Activision Blizzard, and many more, will attend this event. Learning from last year’s achievement, this year’s Indonesian delegations might secure opportunities for improving their business as well.

First success story comes from Lentera Nusantara. This Bandung-based developer is finishing its platformer game called Ghost Parade. This game will be published by a US-based publisher, Aksys Games soon this year.

Aksys Games is a game publisher specializes in translating and localizing Japanese video games for English-speaking markets. Since 2006, it has published some notable titles, such as BlazBlue series, Guilty Gear series, and Record of Agarest War.

Lentera Nusantara and Aksys met each other in GCA 2018 last year. After some discussion, they both agreed to sign a publishing deal to publish Ghost Parade on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Another success story comes from Agate. In last year’s GCA, Agate met and brought the relations closer with PQube, a game publisher based in the UK. With PQube, Agate has released one of its flagship titles, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story for PS4, to PC and Nintendo Switch last year.

After its release, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story gained a big success, especially in Europe. In the first month, the game gained around US$500,000 from its sales, mainly from the PS4 physical copy. For the PC version, this game ever placed on the second rank of the most popular Steam games in the UK.

Furthermore, Agate reportedly received outsourcing potential worthed up to US$ 3 million.

Last but not least, the success story also comes from SEMISOFT. In last year’s event, the company met a Japan regional publisher, Dico. Dico helped SEMISOFT to release Legrand Legacy to the Japanese market.

This year, SEMISOFT is bringing a new game called Mark of the Beast. The developer hopes that it can find another partner to help publish the game.

Game Connection America 2019, Opening Gate for The Future Collaborations in Game Industry

Labeled as "The Deal Making Event", every year, Game Connection America 2019 helps thousands of game company to find their potential partners.

Hopefully, the success stories will continue this year in their participation in GCA 2019.

Edited by Devi




About Writer

Febrianto is the Senior Editor of Duniaku.net and the Lead Editor of Gameprime.org. He started his career in game industry as a game journalist since 2008, and was one of the initial members of Duniaku.net since 2011. His biggest interest is local game developer scene. Currently, his mission is to spread the news about Indonesia’s game industry to both local and international game and creative industry’s enthusiast.