Everyone needs a little help when they first start making games. It’s great to see some of the Philippines’ most prominent game developers give back with a new initiative.

Project PIGI (Philippine Indie Games Initiative) is a collaboration between independent game development studios Ranida Games, Squeaky Wheel, and Yangyang Mobile. This is the first of its kind, focusing on intellectual property creation and mentorships to assist Filipino game developers in raising their game development skills and making their dream games a reality.

The co-organizers of Project PIGI are united in their belief that the creation and dissemination of Philippine-developed game intellectual property (IP) will help to establish the Philippines as a major player in the global game development industry.

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The program will run for ten months, from August 2021 to April 2022, and it will be divided into three stages during that time. A six-month project submission phase will be followed by monthly game development panels will make up the first stage of the process, which will last six months.

These panels will cover the entire game development process, from conceptualization and team management to how to pitch games to publishers and platforms. This is also the stage at which developers will be invited to submit their games for evaluation by a panel of local experts.

A total of up to 10 of the most promising game entries will be chosen from the pool of candidates in the second stage, and they will receive additional support from an all-Filipino roster of mentors during the third stage.

These mentors are all seasoned game developers who have achieved success in their respective fields and are eager to share their knowledge with the next generation of developers emerging from the Philippines. Mentors will provide guidance to these finalists over the course of three months, allowing them to refine their prototypes and develop pitch decks.

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Finally, there will be an online pitch day event in which the finalists will present their games to an audience of local and international viewers, including publishers and platform owners, as part of the initiative’s final stage.

After a panel of judges has evaluated their pitches, the audience will vote for their favorite game pitches, with the Judges’ choice and the Audience’s choice awards being given to the best of the best.

Following the pitch day, members of the Project PIGI organizing committee will assist the finalists in reaching out to partners and publishers in order to secure publishing and, in some cases, funding for their video games.

In addition to the support of the GDAP (Game Developers Association of the Philippines) and SIKAP (Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines), Project PIGI is supported by the following sponsors: Raw Fury, OP Games, Neon Doctrine (Philips), Unity (Unity), and Boomzap.

To learn more about Project PIGI, visit the organization’s official website and Facebook page.