A press conference with Pierre Carde, CEO of Game Connection, Hassan
Karimi Ghodoosi, CEO of Iran Computer and Video Game Foundation, and Mehrdad
Ashtiani Project Manager of Tehran Game Convention took place on the first day
of the TGC event.
Mehrdad Ashtiani said the following during the Press Conference,
"The advancement of Iranian
gamers' technical abilities through the experience and knowledge of international game developers
and creating the potential to export
Iranian games were amongst the main objectives of TGC, and we are
pleased to witness a great reception from this event."
The conference manager added,
"More than 120 booths have been
organized in the business sector of the event, with the participation of
Iranian game developers and international publishers.The even also has a total
of 60 speakers, 40 of whom are foreign and the rest Iranian.
Adding that each day of the event 3 all-day Master Classes are being
held, he continued,
"3 specialized panels have also been scheduled for this
event, which will put up for discussion various topics related to the game industry."
Ashtiani, expressing that the total number of participants at this event
had gone beyond 2,300 individuals, said,
"We are hopeful that in
addition to increasing the skills of our countries game developers, the grounds
are made for international publication of Iranian games, international
partnerships in production, and the exchange of services between Iranian and
"Something that was really
notable for us was that many of the international speakers, 3 months prior, had
reviewed the contents of their presentation with us in order to present the
most crucial topics at this event. In addition, our American guests had a very
negative reaction to the order by the Trump administration to temporarily ban
nationals from 6 countries, and they had written many tweets against the
Cynics will be humbled
Hassan Karimi Ghodoosi, CEO of Iran Computer and Video Game Foundation
at this press conference said,
"After attending global game
development events we came to the conclusion that this industry has in fact
become obsolete in Iran. 100 game developing companies and 2000 game developers
are active in Iran but have virtually no contact with international
"By holding TGC we have tried
to reconcile the domestic game developing
industry with the international community and to introduce Iranian game
developers with the most globally up-to-date knowledge."
Karimi Ghodoosi continued,
We are hopeful that by holding TGC we can establish the necessary trust
of international companies, and they get a chance to see in person that Iran is
amongst the safest countries in the world and has many skills and talents
amongst its game developers."
After Iran Computer and Video Game Foundation CEO stated that there were
many oppositions to holding the TGC event, he said,
"Some were imagining what
terrible events could happen at this event. I wish these guys can make it to
TGC these two days and see up close that two thousand Iranian game developers
are being educated at TGC and introducing their games to international
" In the Development Award
competition, Iranian games were judged by international referees and after the
winners are announced at the closing ceremony, you will see that all the games
selected have been built based on our Iranian-Islamic culture. This shows that
the world is desiring of new thoughts and ideas, and this is a great
opportunity for Iranian games."
He stressed, " All the speakers at the event come from the back
bone of the international gaming industry. That is, script writers, artist, and
game designer, and not decision makers from big companies."
Karimi Ghodoosi said,
"After the closing of TGC,
those who in the past year were cynical about
holding TGC will be humbled, and
the broad participation of Iranian game developers showed that this conference
should have been held sooner."
The CEO of Iran Computer and Video Game Foundation said, " In order
to achieve the international goals of TGC, we needed to have a first-rate
international corporation to create the necessary confidence. Game Connection
France, with a history of large events in Europe, the United States and China
joined us. "
He added, "The speakers and companies participating in the event
were not assigned to us by Game Connection; they were individually selected by
us from a list of 300 people."
The next year's program: Iranian
Computer Games Week
The CEO of Iran Computer and Video Game Foundation on next year's TGC
event said, "For next year's TGC we are considering an even bigger event
whose planning began a few weeks ago."
added, " We plan on holding Tehran Computer Games Week next year. The
event will include a public show, a business fair, conferences and an e-Sport
Karimi Ghodoosi emphasized, " Our deal with Game Connection is set
to be extended automatically and this cooperation will continue."
It is Wise to invest and collaborate with Iranian game developers
Pierre Carde, CEO of Game Connection, after stating at this press
conference that TGC is the first event Game Connection has held in the Middle
East, said," Of the various game industry events in the Middle Eastern
that I have attended, including in Turkey and Lebanon, I can say with
confidence that such an event drawing in 2000 participants has never until now
taken place in the Middle East."
He emphasized, " We have come here in order to open the door to
Iran's game developing industry games to the world."
The CEO of Game Connection continued, " Trust is one of the most
important steps for securing Iran's game developing industry's presence in the
global market. Trust is not achieved overnight and is the result of a long-term
relationship, and we hope to support and restore this relationship."
Carde said, "I assure you that all our effort has been to convince
international business professionals in the game industry that it is wise to
cooperate with the Iranian video game industry and that it is worth their
investment and attention."
He continued, "We are enthusiastic about expanding our partnership
with Iran Computer and Video Game
Foundation, and we are currently in fact polarizing the Middle East."
The CEO of Game Connection said, "There are good quality games in
Iran, and they can expand their business to international markets."