Fri 5 Dec 2014
My first visit to Romania was an intense one. Flight delays meant that I barely had three days in Bucharest. I was invited to speak at the annual tech/startup summit, How To Web. But really, I was there to scout for awesome indie game studios.
Interestingly, Romania has a similar game industry ecosystem as Montreal. There are several very large publisher-owned studios (like Ubisoft, Gameloft, EA, King, etc) that dominate the landscape and hold most of the headcount. Then there are small studios and indies popping up in the cracks. More interesting still, is the post-communist culture that is wrestling within a new-world entrepreneurial/meritocracy context — rather than just keeping your head down and staying in line.
Aside from the fact that everyone smokes and there are no anti-smoking laws (my luggage smelled like cigar trunk when I got home), it was warm and interesting introduction to Romania.
The welcoming nightlife in the historic section of Bucharest.
Canadian trade commissioner Neil Swain delivers a diplomatic introduction.
How To Web main track in session.
How To Web game track action with Unity’s Mathieu Muller discussing buttons.
Sand Sailor’s Cristian Diaconescu presents their amazing indie project, Black The Fall.
Mingling with indies at the Nexus Gaming Pub.
At the historic Caru’ Cu Bere restaurant for an epic dinner.
Andrei Istrate (RGDA) is not impressed by the half-pig on my plate!