Strong Swiss representation at GDC in San Franscisco


The Game Developers Conference (GDC) begins today until 23 march in San Francisco. More than 24 games studios from Switzerland are attending the Game Connection and European Game Showcase this year, making it the largest Swiss delegation at GDC.


Hosted by Pro Helvetia and swissnex San Francisco, the Swiss Games area at GDC presents a selection of games and technologies developed by 18 independent studios and start-ups. 13 studios are joining the Matchmaking Event Game Connection America and 3 game studios are representing Switzerland at the European Game Showcase. Other studios will show or talk about their projects at Unity 3D Art Challenge, Double Fine showcases or at the GDC conference.

The Swiss Games selection reflects the diversity of this developing industry in Switzerland. It includes games with innovative design for every platform, as well as ground-breaking technologies. This year’s special focus lies on young, emerging Swiss studios on the one hand, and interactive and immersive Virtual Reality experiences on the other.

The Swiss delegation includes;

Blindflug Studios AG: Airheart, First Strike, Cloudchasers

Zarkonnen Airships: Conquer the Skies

Karios Games: Arena 5

Kobold Games: Baba Yuga

Apelab: Break A Leg

Amstad Digital: Burning Bridges

Piñata Punch: Colorful Darkness

Falkenbrew: Devader

Solarski Studio: Johnny Badhair

Playables: Kids

Nifty Production Moment

Hidden Fields: Mundaun

Stray Fawn Studio: Nimbatus

Team Maniax: Retimed

Cogs Lab Studio: Stop, Ampeltime!

Other games include:
Bisbog and OZWE Games

Technologies and platforms

EverdreamSoft: BitCrystals

N-Dream AG: Air Console

Struckd AG Struckd

Furinkazan: Opticale

PXL Vision: PXL Beam VR

Ctrl Movie: Late Shift

Massively Multiplayer Online Science: Project Discovery Exoplanets

While Swiss start-ups like Artanim, Birdly, OZWE Games or Apelab have received international credit, a new generation of young Swiss game developers is rising and is ready to reach similar success. Moreover, international companies like Facebook, Apple or Magic Leap recognize the excellence of Swiss research in visual computing and have located offices in Switzerland.