This is the full text of Premier Comms's 11/1/2017 press release.
GL Events, hosts of GIST Gaming Istanbul, Turkey’s new B2B und B2C expo, and Aruba Events, hosts of Quo Vadis conference in Berlin and several other leading gaming events, announce their cooperation to organize a unique competition for Indie studios in 2017: European Independent developers get the chance to win an invitation to the corresponding event, covering tickets, travel and accommodation for up to two team members.
During GIST Gaming Istanbul 2017 (February 2nd – 5th, 2017) a jury selects a winner from all exhibiting Turkish indie studios that will be invited to take part in Quo Vadis Conference 2017 (April 24th – 26th, 2017) in Berlin. Vice-versa, during Quo Vadis, indies get a chance to win an invitation to GIST 2018 to Istanbul.
GL Events and Aruba Events will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for two members of each team, as well as providing exhibition space within the indie area of the corresponding event.
"Quo Vadis is a pan-european developer conference, and for us one of the most important partners. It offers a great opportunity to inform about the Turkish market and its potential. Quo Vadis sees many developers for whom Turkey can be a great additional market, or an interesting development and hiring location. For young development teams, there’s of course so much more to explore, and so many contacts to make. – We love indies, and support the international indie scene by inviting a team to Istanbul as part of this mutual competition”, explains Cevher Eryürek, Director GIST at GL Events. “At the same time, we’re happy to offer a Turkish team together with Aruba Events the chance to join Quo Vadis conference in Berlin.”
Tobias Kopka, Quo Vadis’s Director of Conference: “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with Gaming Istanbul, and thus relevant players in Turkey. Especially in these not so easy times, within the international game development community, it is important to show that we are cultivating and supporting a style of exchange and open minds, to clearly oppose to tendencies of separation and dispartment of communities!”
From February 2nd - 5th, GIST Gaming Istanbul 2017, Turkey's new B2B and B2C gaming expo, opens its doors in Istanbul's ICC International Congress Center, covering over 10,000 sqm of expo grounds directly in Istanbul's city center. GIST|Developer Conference takes place on February 1st, 2017.
GIST Gaming Istanbul and GIST|DC debuted in February 2016, attracted approx.. 50,000 visitors, and are expecting strong growth for their 2017 iteration.