Philippine GameDev Expo 2023: Making Its Mark On The Filipino Game Dev Scene

Last August 18-20, the Philippine GameDev Expo (PGDX) made its debut as the first-ever of its kind in Manila, Philippines. Held in SMX Convention Center and organized by CBZN Perspective and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the event featured figures in the gaming industry both worldwide and local, and spotlighted developer talents in the booming indie game scene.

Here’s a recap of the weekend:

Game Panels & Workshops

PGDX invited key people in the gaming sphere to speak at various panels during the convention. There was something for everyone. For creators looking to hone new skills, game developers from around the world hosted panels that delved on technical skill sets and ways to grow career-wise. For businesses seeking opportunities in gaming and looking to network with fellow professionals, experienced speakers from renowned companies shared their insights for the growing market.

These were inspiring sessions that really captured the valiant efforts to bring up the gaming and development scene in the Philippines, and it would be exciting to see where their vision and initiatives lead.

Lawrence Panganiban talking about Cebu City’s initiative to grow their creative community.

Rising Stars of the Indie Game Scene

With over 60 indie game exhibitors at PGDX, there is so much to be excited about for the future of the Filipino game developer community. Developers showcased their work, let people try their demos, gave out merch, and even rewarded prizes for playing the games. It was a good mix of student showcases, titles already out on the market, and games to watch for in the coming months since some of these are still in their alpha and beta stages.

People lining up to try the games at the Indie Game Stars section
Fun stress while playing Stressed Out
Merch at the Window Garden indie game booth.
Demo ongoing at the Good Knight indie game booth.


PGDX was also a chance to connect with international exhibitors, as con-goers had opportunities to meet with the BizCon presenters to network and connect with. Well-known brands and distributors also had booths featuring gaming peripherals. Other major highlights were the booths of Genshin Impact, Farlight Games, Ragnarok Landverse and Ragnarok Origin where people learned more about these games, posed with cosplayers, and participated in raffles and activities.

Gaming peripherals on display.
Farlight 84 booth.
Cosplayers at the Ragnarok booth.

Stage & Booth Events

From cosplays to collegiate esports, from local to international guest stars, PGDX brought a variety of jam-packed stage and exhibitor booth events. There were activities that people could join such as raffles to win exciting prizes and presentations from key speakers.

Collegiate esports.

Artists at Sticky Expo

People going to the event could also stop by Sticky Expo, a partnered event happening at PGDX. Artists sold stickers, shirts, tote bags and other merch, featuring original artworks of games, shows, and even k-pop.

Merch being sold at Sticky Expo.

This article was contributed by HeraSays, alongside her minion, Kyojeen, who graciously took nice pictures. Hera is a streamer and art director, and you can follow her at Twitch, Youtube, and Twitter. Kyojeen likes Overwatch.

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