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fev 27, 2018

Abragames highlights top Brazilian games in 2017 at showcase event

In an event held in São Paulo in November, the Brazilian Association of Digital Game Developers (Abragames) underlined the consistent growth of Brazil’s gaming industry by showing off the 25 most successful independent games developed in the country in 2017. The Jogos de Sucesso (Games of Success) event showcased 25 titles from 20 different developers from across Brazil, which between them have won 28 awards and received a further 24 nominations.

One of the most notable examples is Distortions, from the São Paulo developer Among Giants. Winner of several awards at the 2017 BIG Festival and the Brazil Game Awards, Distortions is an abstract action-adventure game that combines beautiful art direction, music and suspense to create a truly unique experience.

Creative director of Distortions, Thiago Girello, defined the game as being about "self-discovery and overcoming," in an interview with IGN Brasil. “The idea is that at the end of it all, it doesn’t matter what happened, it only matters what you felt." It is due for release on PC on February 15.

The Brazilian gaming industry has grown in recent years thanks to the efforts to strengthen the development of independent games in the country, as well as improving exportation policies and bringing Brazilian developers to international markets. Abragames, the Brazilian Game Developers Project and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) have worked hard to create growth in the field, and the results have been very positive so far.

“[2017] was the best year for our industry, and the result of great efforts on behalf of entrepreneurs who participated in the most competitive and specialized international markets in the world, with support from Apex-Brasil,” said Eliana Russi, executive manager of the Brazilian Game Developers Project, at the Jogos de Sucesso event. "One thing is clear: our industry is strong and it is here to stay."

The showcase also saw the announcement of a national census of the Brazilian gaming industry, to be held this year. With support from the Ministry of Culture, as well as major industry pillars such as the Brazilian Service to Support Micro and Small Businesses (Sebrae) and Apex-Brasil, the survey promises to map the current landscape of game development in Brazil.

A previous census was held in 2014 by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES, which will also collaborate in this year’s edition), and raised information regarding the profile of Brazil’s game developers, the production of games in Brazil and the methods used to create these titles.