Long ago there was a saying that, “Parrho gay likho gay bano gay Nawab, Khelo gay kodoo k hogay Kharab” (which loosely translates into = Those who read & write will be the kings & those who only play won’t succeed in life). This Urdu phrase has been the haunting memory of our childhood, 90’s kids y’know. Over the decades things have literally changed & now is the time to say, “Beta khel. Koi game hi bana lay”. Software engineering & smartphone industry has given video & online gaming a new life. It has become a career for many. Pakistan is no short of talent when it comes to gaming industry.
I came to know about the insane gaming Pakistani talent recently when National Incubation Center hosted Third GEC 2018. GEC, Games Emerge Conference is the flagship event of PixelArt Games Academy, a specialized game development training institute founded by Sadia Bashir, a key figure on the Pakistan Games Industry. Sadia Bashir has been working in the Pakistani games industry for the past 9 years and is an Ex-GDC speaker, a Tech-Women Program Alumni, and listed Forbes 30under30. Who else can host such an elaborate Gaming conference than her.
GEC2018 hosted 15+ talks with gaming experts & novices, a Panel Session, networking sessions and a Games Showcase (One of its kind Games showcase for the first time in Pakistan) and Awards.
Dreamnode Studios, Cloudcade, SimPaisa were the major sponsors of the event and deserve a round of applause for rendering support towards gaming industry that has the true potential to generate revenue in digital age.
Pakistan Game Showcase was a first of its kind event that has happened in Pakistan during GEC 2018. An exhibition of the finest and most entertaining games created by Pakistani game developers. It was the opportunity for local game developers to showcase their worth as well as gain gaming insights from the industry giants. This year the showcase featured 5 games.
- Galaxy Under Attack by HalfByte Studios
- Dragon Combat 3D by Sablo Studio
- Hogi’s Adventure by Malistic Studio
- Shakari by PixelArt Interactive Studio
- Socialite by Sadia&Haider
Dragon Combat 3D by Sablo Studio won the Pakistan Games Showcase and got cash prize of 30,000 PKR from Dreamnode Studios and Careem Credit Voucher worth 10,000 PKR.