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6 Must-See Talks at Gamesforum Seattle

It’s that time of the year again. Prepare yourselves for two days of games industry insights jam packed with informative talks, panels and networking opportunities at Gamesforum Seattle 2018.

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Developer Relations Associate at GameAnalytics

Gamesforum Seattle is where the game industry’s decision makers gather. With 83% of the attendees at the London’s 2018 event being senior level gaming professionals, it’s a must-attend event if you are looking to improve your business and make meaningful connections.

This year Gamesforum Seattle will host an array of speakers from top companies, discussing hot topics within the games industry. You’re spoilt for choice this year, so we thought we’d help you out with a list of panels that you shouldn’t miss.

1. State of the industry

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Topic: State of the industry – The age of consolidation (and what it means for your video game business)

When: Day 1 (Oct 23 at 09:30am)

Speakers: Tom Van Dam, Head of Mobile Business Development, NetEase | Michael Chang, SVP Corporate Development, NCsoft | Henry Lowenfels, SVP Business Development, Scopely | John Peterson, Director Corporate Development, Jam City

The conference kicks off with an amazing panel discussing the momentum on the industry, and how its players can exploit this opportunity to boost their business further, regardless of their size.

2. Blockchain in social gaming


Topic: Blockchain in social gaming: How Kama Games is using blockchain in multi-million dollar games

When: Day 1 (Oct 23 at 11.50am)

Speakers: Andrey Kuznetsov, CEO, Kama Games

Blockchain has been a hot topic for some time now. This panel will tackle the challenges and opportunities of this technology by exploring Kama Games’ path – from introduction to success of crypto/tokens in social games

3. The publisher roundtable

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When: Day 1 (Oct 23 at 14.25pm)

Moderator: Ioana Hreninciuc, CEO, GameAnalytics

Speakers: Matt Leopold, Director of BD, Tilting Point | Allison Billas, COO, JoyPac | Eric Williams, COO & Cofounder, Rogue Co

Let’s be honest, one of the most important thing in this business is finding the right publishing partner, and this panel will help you find the best partners out there. These industry experts aim to explore the state of the publishing landscape, as well as discuss rising new trends within the industry.

PLUS – Our CEO Ioana will be moderating this panel. To top it off with a cherry, we’ll also be handing out free copies of our upcoming mobile benchmarks analysis report.

4. UX in a cross platform age

When: Day 1 (Oct 23 at 16.00pm)

Speakers: Ellie Moon, UX Director, Kabam | Max Szlagor, Game Design Director, 343 Industries

With barriers among platforms being a thing from the past, successful titles are now more than ever going in the direction of omni-platform videogames.

With this opportunity comes the challenge of optimizing UX design to face different ways of interaction and input devices, from mouse-keyboard, to touch screens, to pads and more. This panel will explore cross platform UX design in depth with interesting debates on what designers should compromise to achieve success.

5. The making of Stranger Things: The Game

Topic: Working with IP – The making of Stranger Things: The Game

When: Day 1 (Oct 23 at 17.20pm)

Speakers: Dave Pottinger, Co-Founder, BonusXP

If you ever wondered about what’s behind the creation of a videogame involving IPs, you don’t want to miss this panel. Dave Pottinger talks about the creation of Stranger Things: The Game, from the partnership with Netflix to the production of the game.

6. How a Mobile FPS became a hit eSport

When: Day 2 (Oct 24 at 14.00pm)

Speakers: Veli-Pekka Piirainen, CEO, Critical Force

Esport is a trend that has been growing fast. A marketing tool or a retention weapon, it’s definitely something not to overlook when developing a game these days, not even a mobile title. This talk will follow the journey of “Critical Ops” to an hit Esport title, and how Critical Force adapted its marketing and retention strategies along the way.

But that’s not all. We’ve only picked 6, but there’s a ton of great talks going on at Gamesforum Seattle. Download the full agenda here to pick your own favourites.

Attending Gamesforum 2018?

So are we! Our friendly team will be around throughout the conference and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you fancy a chat, you can schedule a meeting here with Chay Hunter, our Head of Marketing.

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