The Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit or ESGS made its long-awaited face-to-face comeback and proved that it’s still the biggest convention of its kind in the Philippines. Partnering up with the likes of Riot Games, Sega, and an array of other huge tech and gaming brands, the 3-day affair brought much to enjoy. However, it was also the best place for sweet indie gaming to make an appearance.
The hype at SMX Convention Center was palpable, especially due east of the main stage where the aptly named “Indie Party” was situated. The Game Developers Association of The Philippines (GDAP) was present, flanked by several other indie developers and students alike–all of which showcased their titles, front and center.
If you’re an indie game connoisseur who not only enjoys playing, but picking the brains of those behind the games, this would’ve been your own personal field day. From fighting games, to roguelikes, to atmospheric titles that use color in storytelling–best believe there’d be a title to tickle your fancy.
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Taktyl Studios’ Mechablitz was one of these titles, gracing the main stage on Day 1 with their mobile competitive PVP and PVE game which would be every anime mecha fan’s dream come true. Ranida Games always delivers with its established, punchy titles. Developers like Psychic City Studios and Bears Downstairs brought a different flavor to the mix, featuring interactive fiction and action-rpg roguelike action, respectively.
It’s also worth mentioning the different institutes and schools that also dropped by.. Developers from as far as Ateneo de Naga University came to showcase their titles alongside mainstays iAcademy and De La Salle – CSB. The future is bright for indie gaming, and we’re all for it.
It’s exciting to think of what comes next for indie games, since convention season in the Philippines just went into full swing. This part of the game industry was never an outlier, but it’s great to see it getting literally a bigger space, and a few people finding passion in creating new projects. Until 2023 comes around, we’ll wait in bated breath for what’s to come.