Video Game incubator in Liège: Towards a Belgian triple A
Video games are now an integral part of the cultural landscape of our society but it is still an underdeveloped sector in French-speaking Belgium. A situation which Wild Bishop a Liège video games developer and incubator would like to change.
In Le Pole Image in Liège, a collective workspace operating as a breeding ground for creatives, everyone is dedicated to bringing Wild Bishop's first video game to life. This first video game being made is "Jugement", a sort of futuristic 4v4 handball game in which characters can use different equipment or skills to gain the upper hand over the opponent. This first achievement is also a kind of development experiment.
Photo: Jugement illustration © Wild Bishop 2020
Didier Mattivi, CEO of Wild Bishop, explains
"When we created Wild Bishop, the main idea was to help Wallonia, which is quite poor in terms of video games, to really structure a video game industry. […] This first game is used to define 'metrics', 'millestones' and processes that will allow others to also work in this field of video games, since they will be able to be incubated here. We make resources available to them, both human and financial, to enable projects to be ready to be shown to publishers."
Wild Bishop will launch its first call for projects in mid-January. Potential participants are required to submit a file with a game concept and should be able to pitch it in 10 minutes in front of a panel of judges. Six applications will be selected and will be able to defend their projects before an international jury. The two best projects will be incubated for a period of two months.
Wild Bishop is only beginning, but already has great ambitions. The objective is to be able to incubate two projects per year, but also to be able to launch, within five years, the creation of a triple A game, i.e. a project that includes a development budget of more than 100 million euros.
Read the original version of this article in French at RTC Liège's website.
RTC Liège is one of the twelve public broadcasters catering to the French speaking community in Belgium. The channel's basic mission is to provide information, entertainment, cultural development and continuing education for the populations concerned by encouraging community participation across Province de Liège.