With the Busan Indie Connect Festival 2020 (BIC) being online, the organizing committee has announced the use of a Cloud gaming service to demonstrate some titles, according to Busan Metropolitan City (Acting Mayor Sung-Wan Byeon), Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (President & CEO In-Sook Lee), and Busan Indie Connect Festival Organizing Committee (Executive Chairman Tae-Geon Seo).
Since the BIC Festival will be hosted online, we are trying our best to preserve the core purpose of the event, while minimizing inconveniences to both developers and visitors. We are pondering how to handle the upcoming changes and are trying our best to host a festival that surpasses previous years.”
Tae-Geon Seo, Executive Chairman of the Busan Indie Connect Festival Organizing Committee
The Cloud service will enable users to experience these games without needing to download a game build as with typical demos for online gameshows. This is also the first introduction of a Cloud service used to demonstrate game titles for an online gameshow. The adoption will also help minimize security issues and other inconveniences arising from a virtual event for developers and visitors alike; developers can provide unfinished builds and visitors won’t need to download anything heavy.
BIC will be cooperating with LG Uplus which services the world’s first 5G network Cloud gaming platform “GeForce Now” in Korea. An MOU was signed between the BIC Committee and LG Uplus on 25 June to demonstrate some of the festival game titles with GeForce Now.
BIC Festival is a global indie games convention for developers and users who love indie games. The festival has successfully brought together various people in the gaming industry through the following events: “Conferences” that help Indie game developers and other people in the gaming industry interact, a “Business Day (BTB)” that offers business opportunities to developers, a “Game Exhibition (BTC)” that exhibits games for direct feedback from users, a “BIC Awards” celebration that presents awards to excellent games in a variety of categories, and various additional events geared towards gamers.
“BIC Festival is an event that offers various opportunities to indie game developers. We are all in a bind, but we need to try to support indie game developers more since they can easily be alienated in this situation. We are supporting them by offering opportunities at BIC Festival in cooperation with the LG Uplus, which started the first 5G Cloud gaming service and possesses immense technical prowess.”
In-Sook Lee, the President & CEO of Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency