The games market is expanding steadily in the world, and Brazil has become an attractive market for game development companies. As the growth of this market has flattened in Europe and in the USA, for instance, companies have started to invest more in Brazil.
The world’s games market grows 15-20 percent and accounts for USD 20 billion yearly. The Brazilian market grows in average 26 percent yearly. One of the reasons is that games produced locally are cheaper, what helps to boost sales. The Brazilian games market has a rather domestic focus, but the country is also a gateway to other Latin American countries.
The infograph by NewZoo points Latin America and Asia-Pacific as the regions with largest growth rates in the global games market, both at 11 percent/year.
In addition to that, translation and dubbing of games and having them launched simultaneously with the international market help making those games more attractive to the local population. Broadband internet access and online games are also factors that contribute to this market growth.
The Brazilian games market is very fragmented. There are a few large companies, whilst small businesses are numerous. The majority of the companies is concentrated in the States of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Rio de Janeiro. Many game companies are also based in Porto Digital, the ICT cluster based in Recife, State of Pernambuco.
The Brazilian Game Developers Association, Abragames, was founded in 2004 and represents Brazilian studios developing games in various platforms such as PC, consoles, mobile phones and Internet. Abragames has developed an export program in cooperation with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Apex-Brasil.
Brazilian game companies and studios
Small indie game development studio from the federal capital Brasilia, this studio was founded in 2009 by Saulo Camarotti and has been nominated and awarded several times since its beginning. Today, the studio focus primarily in producing indie games for Steam and Mobile. But, based on recent contests and publishing partnerships, the team is also developing games for SONY and Microsoft Consoles.
Brogglie Game Studios
The studio works with advergames, educational and training games, serious games and social games.
This studio is based in São Paulo and produces arcade and redemption machines. In addition to that, the company is also a local representative of Sega, Sammy, Namco and Andamiro.
This studio is based in Florianópolis and develops games for the health sector.
This studio is based in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. It is a general game development studio and works with projects under demand, PC games and web games.
Magic Time Studio
This studio is based in Curitiba and develops PC and Mac games and console games. It focus not exclusively on the domestic market, but also on the international markets.
Mother Gaia Studio
This studio is based in Bauru, State of São Paulo, and works with advertising games and other projects of own initiative.
MyPlay Mobile Softwares
This studio works exclusively with mobile games for iPhone and iPad. The company is based in São Paulo.
This studio is based in Belo Horizonte and develops web games, corporate simulation games, educational games, advertising games and MMO (massively multiplayer online) games.
This is a new company located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. The company develops software and hardware for interactive, creative advertising communication. Virtual reality and immersion games are areas of expertise for the company, which was awarded the third highest grade in Finep’s Prime program. Prime stands for Programa Primeira Empresa Inovadora, which translates as First Innovative Company Program.
This studio is based in São Paulo and develops web games and games for digital platforms.