Once again will we journey to the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto to attend the yearly BitSummit festival. The BitSummit staff just announced the games that will be shown at this years event. Check them out over at the BitSummit homepage.
For us, this will be the third time showing off Pavilion at the BitSummit festival, meaning that Pavilion and BitSummit kind of has a special history together. Back in early 2013 we had just finished the very first prototype of Pavilion for the Nordic Game Fund and it looked something like this.
At the time there was not that many indie game events here in Japan so we were happy when we saw the news about this small Kyoto based event. We decided to attend and for the first time show off a playable version of Pavilion. The location, a small event hall packed with tables for the developers, reminding one of the early Silicon Valley days with the Homebrew Computer Club and such.
Totally crammed with people, thus utterly intimate, we had a great time and made a bunch of very good friends, like Alex from Winning Blimp and Eddie from Functronic Labs, among many others. For us the first BitSummit will always hold a special place in our hearts, it was the start of something; the rise of the Japanese indie scene as well as the first steps on our journey with Pavilion. Here is a great video piece from Polygon on the event that you should check out to get the vibe.
The following BitSummit in 2014 was again great for us, a bit bigger, a bit more traction. A year had passed and by that time, after many iterations, we felt we had found the soul of Pavilion and had a demo that we were satisfied with. It was great to be back and experience so many people getting their hands on this new version of Pavilion. We also met a bunch of old friends, made many new ones and overall just had a phenomenal time.
Above all else we think BitSummit absolutely shows the importance of having these kinds of events; offering an opportunity for people to connect with each-other, building community and letting smaller developers get the chance to show off their games. We’re grateful to again be part of this and hope that BitSummit 2015, just as previous years, will continue to deliver. So if you have the chance to go we would love to meet you there. Check out the BitSummit Homepage for more information about the event.