The State of Atlántico, in association with the Universidad del Norte and the Brownstone Group, is proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Atlántico Video Game Summit will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia on May 9-10, 2019, on the campus of the Universidad del Norte.

Similar to last year, the event will bring notable speakers from the video game industry to discuss issues pertaining to independent studios, including production, studio organization, business development, financing and self-publishing opportunities. 

Confirmed companies attending the event include:

  • Bedoya & Visbal Abogados
  • Epic Games
  • Finger Food Studios
  • Gogii Games
  • Heavy Iron Studios
  • Interactive Entertainment Law Group
  • PikPok
  • RocketJump Games
  • Rogue Factor
  • Strategic Alternatives
  • Xsolla
  • Yacht Club Games

Inclucding speakers such as:

Lyle Hall

Lyle Hall is the President and CEO of Heavy Iron Studios Inc., a company known for developing video games for PIXAR movies. As CEO of Heavy Iron, Lyle has participated in the development of games such as Sponge Bob Square Pants, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up, Evil Dead-Hail to the King, among others.

Louis Rene Auclair

CEO of Rocket Jump Games, Louis Rene Auclair has also served as Chief Brand Officer of Hibernum Games, a developer of games such as The Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match, Dice with Ellen, and Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest. In that company, Louis was responsible for the marketing and business development areas.

Patrick Sweeney

Founding Partner of the law firm IE Law Group in Los Angeles, California, Patrick has more than 15 years of experience in the video game industry and has represented both studios and publishers in all periods of time and transactions. Patrick has also participated in negotiating the development of several video games and movies.

George Donovan

George Donovan, a veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the business world of New Brunswick, Canada, has been very successful throughout his professional life. He is currently President and Founder of Gogii Games, an interactive entertainment development studio, located in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since its inception in 2006, Gogii Games has produced 90 unique products on 7 platforms and in 13 different languages. The games that the studio has developed can be found on platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, among others.

Mario Wynands

Mario Wynands is the Manager and Co-Founder of PikPok, a leading publisher of mobile devices, tablets and computers. In his 22 years at the New Zealand-based company, he led the studio, created a successful portfolio of games and oversaw the creation of many attractive console titles such as Shatter®, GripShift® and Speed ​​Racer: The Videogame, as well as multiple successes in the mobile space including the Flick Kick® series, the Rival Stars® series, the Into the Dead® franchise and Super Monsters Ate My Condo, nominated for BAFTA. Wynands graduated from the University of Victoria in Wellington with degrees in business administration and computer science.

“We were extremely excited to support this event last year and showcase the up-and-coming video game companies that exist right here in Barranquilla,” says Atlántico Governor Eduardo Verano de la Rosa. 

“I am personally excited to welcome some new game industry guests as well as welcome back some old friends to Barranquilla.  We feel that Barranquilla and the entire Atlántico region are on the cusp of great success with respect to the creation of video games and look forward to working with our partners to make that happen now and in the coming years,” Verano de la Rosa went on.

“Universidad Del Norte’s Center for Continuing Education is pleased to support the creation of this space for gamers. We have witnessed the growth of the videogame industry in the region and we recognize the exciting potential for the development of constant innovation and new forms of entertainment that positively impact other markets.  We hope this exhibition can be of great advantage for up and coming as well as seasoned professionals of the industry and that this event can be the impulse needed to continue innovating,” said Elisama Dugarte Director of the Center for Continuing Education.

Information about the event and tickets will be released soon. In the meanwhile, if there are any questions regarding the event, please email and