GIST 2017, the second edition of Turkey’s new B2B and B2C gaming expo, opens its doors today: For four days, industry representatives from all over the world meet up in Istanbul, engaging with the local Turkish, MENA region and global markets.
On Wednesday, February 1st, GIST DC took place, attracting approximately 250 industry representatives, listening to speakers such as Kate Edwards from IGDA (“Being ‘Indie’ in the Global Game Market”), Mathias Reichert from Deck 13 (“From Lord of the Fallen to The Surge – How we tried to make a better game with a smaller budget.”), Fasih Sayin from Crytek (“The Future of Interactive Storytelling in VR”), and many more, who shared their experiences in game design, art, marketing, and other areas of game development.
At Gaming Istanbul 2017, the global games industry exhibits their latest products: an Overwatch tournament is held by Blizzard Entertainment, while the Chinese industry giant Tencent is presenting their brand-new, action-packed MOBA Strike of Kings. German simulation specialist Aerosoft are showing their flight simultator XPlane 11, scheduled for release in March 2017. Aruba Events, organizer of developers’ conference Quo Vadis, Turkish Game Developers Association TOGED, Taiwan´s leading industrial organization TCA Taipei Computer Association as well as Iran Computer & Video Games Foundation will also exhibit at GIST 2017.
The Turkish distributor Aral provides stations for games by significant Publishers such as Microsoft Xbox, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Konami, Sega, Namco Bandai, Warner Bros Games, Square Enix, Capcom, and Codemasters. Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile phone service provider, will be supporting GIST Gaming Istanbul 2017.
Also at GIST 2017: areas dedicated to Indie Games, Cosplay, a Kids Park, and a market where fans can comb through games and merchandise. The Tournament Area beckons Gamers to test their skills in healthy competition. The best of the best in categories including Amateurs, Professionals, Ladies First, and Veterans 30+ will be awarded special prices provided by Hardware and Gaming companies. Professionals and Experts can visit seminars and network within the B2B area, while those interested in pursuing a career in the gaming industry can take a stroll around the Education Area.
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 m² of expo grounds directly in Istanbul’s city center.
GIST Gaming Istanbul and GIST|DC debuted in February 2016, attracted approx. 50,000 visitors, and are expecting strong growth for their 2017 iteration.