This event will always stand out to me as one of the most unforgettable moments of my career because it was filled with so many firsts. The very first gaming convention, my first visit to Hyderabad, my first business trip with the other members of our team, my very first Fan Fest, and many other firsts.
I never in a million years, not even in my wildest fantasies, expected that I would be able to participate in a conference of this calibre. I had a general concept, but after seeing the horde of gamers that came from all across India and the rest of the world, I was utterly taken aback by it. The workshops were quite educational and offered interesting perspectives into the minds of gaming industry experts as well as the prospects for the gaming business in India.
I participated in the session "The Post-mortem" for the game Bonfire, which was a rather bold move on my behalf as I come from the ‘Player Support' Team. It was quite technical, but I got a sense of what goes on behind the scenes, how the product is developed, and how much attention is paid to even the smallest of aspects in preparation for its release. The things I've learned and the people I've talked to will undoubtedly have an effect on how I approach my tasks in the future.
The best part was definitely talking to all the indie developers at the Expo. It was amazing getting to meet them and learning more about the games they've made, the inspiration behind them, and their future goals, exchanging contact information for potential future collaborations.
Now, coming to the coolest part of it all – the expo hosted gaming booths and VR games were a part of it. VR gaming was a brand-new experience for me. While the games were still in development, they held promise for capturing my attention. And of course, I waited in line to complete some of the game studios' challenges in order to earn some cool goodies. I was successful in a handful of them but was a complete disaster in others. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that I am not an expert at rolling cans on tables.
I also got the chance to attend the Fan Fest by DreamHack, and it really was a dreamy event. I was on a whole other level, and I had a blast seeing all the cosplay, Tanmay Bhat's chess game, DJ light show, and other live streams from gamers. To my eyes, it was more beautiful than the world of Pandora in Avatar.
I would like to express my profound gratitude to the company for affording me this extraordinary opportunity that I’ll keep very close to my heart. If you’re a gamer or gaming enthusiast, visit IGDC at least once, I can vouch for an amazing time there.