-This international event, a pioneer in the free-to-play video game sector, will be held between 17 July and 17 September at the Euneiz University headquarters.
-Teams from all over the world will be able to apply until 5 June and the 5 best proposals will be selected.
The F2P Campus, the first free-to-play video game campus-accelerator in the world, has begun its fourth edition in Vitoria-Gasteiz with the opening of the selection process for participating teams, the deadline for which is Monday 5 June. The initiative, promoted by the Provincial Council of Alava, the Basque Government and the Euneiz University, is consolidating itself as a benchmark in the sector, focused on promoting the video game industry in Alava and the Basque Country as a pole of attraction for talent and wealth generation. Let’s not forget that this sector achieved a turnover in 2021 of over 1,326 million euros in Spain and already employed over 8,000 people. The campus will also coincide with the launch in the 2023-24 academic year, by the Euneiz University, of the first two official degrees on video games in the Basque Country to acquire the profiles of artists and design or programming professionals.
This fourth edition will begin on 17 July at the Euneiz University facilities, which will be its official headquarters for the second year running. From that day until 17 September, the 5 chosen teams will be able to develop their video game projects with the advice of some of the world’s leading experts in the field, who will be visiting the capital of Alava throughout the summer. At the end of June, the organisers will announce the names of the teams selected to take part in the campus and will arrange for 4 people per project to be in Vitoria-Gasteiz, who will have to present all the work they have done at the final Demo Day to be held in September.
This year, the F2P Campus aims to boost the presence of Basque teams and to continue spreading the video game culture throughout society in order to promote the incorporation of new entrepreneurial talent in the sector. According to the latest data from the White Paper on Video Games in Spain, the Basque Country only represents 3.2% of the volume of companies in the whole of Spain, a far cry from the territories with the greatest weight, such as Catalonia (28%) and Madrid (24%). In the case of turnover, the Catalan community accounts for more than 50% of its volume in the country as a whole.
The three institutions behind the F2P Campus, the Provincial Council of Alava, the Basque Government and the Euneiz University, give a very good assessment of the 4 years of this initiative, “a brave commitment that has proved to be right and that every year adds new members and support. An excellent way of positioning Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava and the Basque Country as a node for the development of the video game industry”.
As in previous editions, the campus will devote special attention to disseminating all the potential of this sector with various activities open to the public, as part of the Games Academy programme, an initiative that will soon be presented, after strengthening its commitment to the creation of new vocations among young people in a sector that has hardly any unemployment and which is expected to exceed the figure of 10,300 jobs in Spain by the end of 2024.
This international campus, which is coordinated by BIC Araba under the direction of Katoid, is also sponsored by the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, the Euskaltel Foundation, the Vital Foundation and AWS for Games.