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IAMAI hosts GATO 2.0 conference and awards; MPL bags Emerging Indian Gaming Company award

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) hosted a day long Gaming for Tomorrow (GATO 2.0) conference and awards ceremony at the Leela Ambience hotel in Gurugram on 24th April, 2019.

The daylong conference had discussions around various facets of digital gaming in India. Industry experts brainstormed on the potential of various online games and will chart a roadmap for its future growth. The conference also hosted special workshops for developers by AISPL (Amazon Internet Services Private Limited) and Amazon Alexa.

Digbijoy Shukla, Head-Startup Ecosystem, AISPL in his keynote address stated that the gaming industry in India can become a billion dollar market by 2020 as the number of mobile users are expected to reach 700 million.

The summit speaker’s line-up includes several industry experts like Haja Sheriff Lead – Business Development for Alexa Skills, Amazon India; Abhishek Shah, CEO, Conversion X , Pariekshit Maadishetti, Managing Director, Grid Logic Group;  Akshat  Rathee, MD, Nodwin Gaming; Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & MD, JetSynthesys; Sundar Raman, CEO – Sports, Reliance Industries among others and had discussions around topics like Design in gaming: Need and importance?; The rise of AI and AR/VR induced gaming; Mainstreaming Esports in India; The aesthetics of marketing a game in India; Responsible Gaming: Player Protection and Safety etc.

The conference also hosted workshops focused on the central idea of building relevant skills for the gaming fraternity of India. The workshops will be conducted by developers from AISPL and Amazon Alexa. Some of the topics that were be dissected in the workshops included ‘Build the Cake Walk Skill’, ‘The future of voice-based experiences in gaming’, and ‘Add Memory to the skill to improve your Voice User Interface’.

At the event of the conference, IAMAI unveiled the inaugural GATO awards where Indian gaming developers and companies were honoured for their excellence under eight categories. Popular mobile gaming company Mobile Premier League (MPL) bagged the award for Emerging Indian Gaming Company while Grid Logic Games (Taj Rummy) got the runner up award in the same category.

The awards were selected based on nominations received by an IAMAI appointed jury comprising of  Manish Agarwal, CEO,  Nazara Technologies; Prithvi Raj, Associate Director – Smartphone Solutions, Nielsen India; Shrikant Rajemahadik, Global Head Publisher Business – POKKT; Laxmi Desai Khanolkar, Co-Founder and CEO, Apar Games; Akash Gupta, Director, ConversionX and Shilpa Bhatt, VP – Games, 99games

The complete list winners of the GATO 2.0 Awards 2019 is as below:

WINNERS CATEGORIES
SNIPER RUST BEST USE OF AR/VR IN A GAME
ConversionX BEST MOBILE AD NETWORK FOR GAMING
Pokkt BEST AFFILIATE PARTNER FOR GAMING
NEXTWAVE MULTIMEDIA BEST LIVE GAME
TEEN PATTI PLATINUM BEST CARD GAME ON AN APP(Winner)
ADDA52.COM: GAUSSIAN NETWORKS BEST CARD GAME ON AN APP(Runner-up)
DARKARTA – A Broken Heart’s  Quest BEST FANTASY GAME APP
FANTASTIC CHEFS BEST GAMING APP(Winner)
MPL & MPL PRO BEST GAMING APP(Runner-Up)
MOBILE PREMIER LEAGUE EMERGING INDIAN GAMING COMPANY(Winner)
GRID LOGIC GAMES EMERGING INDIAN GAMING COMPANY (Runner-Up)

 

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IAMAI announces agenda and speaker line-up for GATO 2.0

Premier industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is set to host the second edition of the Gaming for Tomorrow Conference (GATO) on 24th April, 2019 at The Leela Ambience, Gurugram and has released the agenda and schedule for the event.

According to the organisers, the day long conference will have discussions around the various facets of digital gaming in India. Industry experts will brainstorm on the potential of various online games and will chart a roadmap for its future growth.  The conference will also host special workshops for developers by AISPL and Amazon Alexa. The conference will also include exhibition from leading digital companies like Sony, Amazon, Trachea, ConversionX,  Taj Rummy and AISPL.

GATO organisers state that this year the conference is aiming to evangelise and promote the sector as one of the pillars for driving the Digital India dream, which has the potential to generate revenue and employment generation for the country.

The event will be a networking and learning platform for gaming companies, start ups, developers and industry enthusiast. Stalwarts from the industry are expected to be present in heavy numbers.

The summit would be attended by several industry experts like Haja Sheriff Lead – Business Development, Alexa Skills; Abhishek Shah, CEO, ConversionX; Sundar Raman, CEO-Sports, Reliance Industries; Pariekshit Maadishetti, Managing Director, Grid Logic Group; Harsh Jain, CEO, Dream11; Akshat Rathee, MD, Nodwin Gaming; Anurag Khurana Head – Esports, Reliance Jio; Amin Rozani, founder, The Spartan Poker; Prosenjit Ghosh, Head – Sales & Marketing, Playstation Division Sony India; Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & MD, JetSynthesys etc.

The discussions will be centered around topics such as Design in gaming: Need and importance?; The rise of AI and AR/VR induced gaming; Mainstreaming Esports in India; The aesthetics of marketing a game in India; Responsible Gaming: Player Protection and Safety; Growth of fantasy sports in India and Development of the skill gaming industry in the country etc.

The event will also host workshops exclusive for budding developers focused on the central idea of building relevant skills needed to create a sizeable market for the gaming fraternity of India. The workshops will be conducted by developers from AISPL and Amazon Alexa. Some of the topics that will be dissected in the workshops includes ‘Build the Cake Walk Skill’, ‘The future of voice-based experiences in gaming’, ‘Add Memory to the skill to improve your Voice User Interface’.

IAMAI will also be handing over awards to eight gaming companies who have excelled in various categories of gaming in India at the end of the event.

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IAMAI announces GATO gaming awards, nominations now open

Premier industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has announced the inaugural edition of GATO awards that will be presented at the second edition of the’Gaming for Tomorrow’ (GATO 2.0) conference which is scheduled to be held on 24th April, 2019 at The Leela Ambience in Gurugram.

IAMAI has announced that it would be handing out awards to eight categories of top performing Indian gaming companies as given below:

  • Best Gaming App
  • Best Live Game
  • Best Fantasy Game App
  • Best Card Game on an App
  • Best use of AR/VR in a Game
  • Emerging Indian Gaming Company
  • Best Affiliate Partner for Gaming
  • Best Mobile Ad Network for Gaming

Further, the mobile association is accepting nominations for games which were active in the Indian markets anytime between 1st April 2017 to 31st March, 2019.  The last date for submitting nominations for entries is 28th March, 2019. Entries can be submitted through the GATO event webpage by paying an entry fee of Rs. 1,180/- and filling out the nomination form.

Besides the award ceremony, the day-long GATO 2.0 event is scheduled to have several panel discussions and presentations on various topics concerning the gaming industry including games of skill, social and casual gaming, gaming technology and esports.

The first edition of Gaming for Tomorrow was held in December 2017 and saw participation from top executives of various gaming companies such as Adda52, Taj Rummy, Winzo Games, Ace2Three and VCommission, among others.

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Second edition of GATO conference and awards to be held on 24th April

Industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has announced the second edition of its gaming summit and expo, Gaming for Tomorrow (GATO) on 24th April, 2019 at the Leela Ambience in Gurugram.

The event is expected to discuss and promote skill-gaming and social gaming in India, the opportunities available in the sector as well as the ways and means to augment and grow the industry.

Branded as GATO 2.0, the day-long event will include conferences, workshop, exhibitions, gaming zones and a GATO award ceremony to honour and recognise Indian gaming developers.

The nine categories of awards include Best Gaming App; Best Live Game; Best Fantasy Game App; Best Card Game on an App; Most Emerging Indian Gaming Organisation; Best use of AR/VR in a Game; Best Affiliate Partner of the Year; Best Ad network of the year and Best Operator of the Year (Mobile).

The first edition of Gaming for Tomorrow was held in December 2017 and saw participation from top executives of various gaming companies such as Adda52, Taj Rummy, Winzo Games, Ace2Three, VCommission etc.

More information about the Gaming for Tomorrow 2.0 event and nomination process for the GATO awards is available here.