The General Secretariat for Media and Communication of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media is actively committed to the development of Greek audiovisual production with a focus on animation and video games. As the Athens Games Festival – the first international game and business conference (28-29 October 2017) in Greece ever organized by the Greek state – was successful, new initiatives and actions are now under way to boost the community of gamers in Greece.
During a press conference, General Secretary for Media and Communication, Lefteris Kretsos, elaborated on the initiatives and the actions undertaken by the General Secretariat for Media and Communication (GSMC) concerning the promotion of the Greek Video Games and Animation community. Representatives of the Greek Gaming and Animation industry were at the Press Conference, showing that Greek gaming and animation is alive and kicking.
Training Programmes in game development and animation in collaboration with General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning
A Memorandum of Cooperation between the GSMC and the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning was signed on Wednesday 24 January 2018, focusing on the collaboration of the two institutions for the further development of the digital and audiovisual production sector in Greece. The first joint action is the implementation of two educational programs in Athens, Thessaloniki and Syros. The first training program is in video game development and the second in the art of animation. These free programs will start in the near future.
Support of the 1st International Summer School on Artificial Intelligence and Games 28 May – 1 June 2018, Chania
Given the importance of the introduction of know-how and experience, the First International Summer School for Artificial Intelligence and Video Games in Chaniawill offer a good opportunity for training by prominent academics and professionals. George Giannakakis, Director of the Institute of Digital Games in Malta, Julian Togelius, professor at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in collaboration with professionals from UBISOF, DeepMind (a company specializing in artificial intelligence research in London), Yokozuna Data (a company that has developed a predictive game data analytic software based in Tokyo) will work on research and analysis in games, procedural programming, player modeling, etc. The General Secretariat for Media and Communication will participate as a communication partner in this endeavor. Lefteris Kretsos added that 3 scholarships for Indie developers are available (more information can be found on the summer school site).
Global Game Jam Athens 2018 (January 26-28, 2018, Diplarios School) in collaboration with Gifted Hellas and ViRA
For the third consecutive year, the General Secretariat jointly organized the Global Game Jam Athenstogether with Gifted Hellas. This year, the 6th event in Athens was even more dynamic, since ViRA joined the organizing committee, as well as the Onassis Foundation as a media partner.
Greek Missions at Business Conferences
As Lefteris Kretsos emphasized, experience has proved that Greek Game Developers’ and cartoonists’ participation in exhibitions and business conferences abroad is very important, because these events offer Greek professionals the opportunity to present their work to an international audience and network with stakeholders and colleagues. At the same time these events offer opportunities for the promotion of Greece and its domestic market. Continuing last year’s efforts, see more about the scheduled business trips for 2018 in the following link: