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Pocket Gamer Connects Returns to Toronto Celebrating Canada’s Billion Dollar Games Industry

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Nestled within the vibrant city of Toronto, Pocket Gamer’s returns to embrace Canada’s thriving games industry- which has experienced remarkable growth and innovation in recent years. Get ready for another insightful experience this July 19th and 20th at the renowned Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. With the projected revenue of Canada’s video game industry expected to reach $7.707 billion in 2023 and a market volume set to exceed a whopping $10 billion by 2027, it is no surprise Toronto is an attractive spot for Pocket Gamer to host its Pocket Gamer Connects event this year.

In Canada 75% of video game companies are owned by Canadians, showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit and creative prowess, while 61% of Canadians actively play video games, highlighting the significant cultural impact of gaming in the country. Attendees of the conference will experience a diverse cross-section of the games industry, bringing together both emerging indie developers and seasoned CEOs and investors. The conference will encompass a wide range of topics, including the latest trends in Android and iOS, cutting-edge AI developments, PC and console gaming, web3 innovations, and an exploration of best practices for inspirational company culture.

With tracks covering a wide range of topics, including AI creativity, in-game ads monetisation, future technologies, indie development, brand partnerships, blockchain gaming, and much more, Pocket Gamer Connects Toronto ensures there’s something for everyone seeking inspiration and knowledge in the dynamic games industry. The event also includes speed-dating style Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector sessions for rapid meetings with potential business partners. The Very Big Indie Pitch and The Big Indie Zone which recognises and promotes the invaluable contributions of indie developers to the industry.

Confirmed special guests who will be speaking at the event, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives that contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the games industry include: Allison Francis, the SVP Finance and Business Operations at Hyper Hippo, Jeferson Valadares, VP Games at Fortis Games; Robert Segal, Systems Director and Co-Founder at Get Set Games; Kelly Hinton, Senior Director Business Operations at Zynga; and Kendryx Linscott, Chief Marketing Officer at Women in Games International. Speakers from Rovio, 2K Games and Gameloft will also be taking part, among many others.

Toronto has emerged as an irresistible hotspot for game enthusiasts as Pocket Gamer Connects makes a comeback, immersing itself in the Canadian games industry landscape. This sector has witnessed remarkable expansion, thanks to substantial foreign investments from industry powerhouses like Sony and Nintendo. These investments have not only fueled the creation of exciting new games but also played a crucial role in shaping Canada’s future, fostering economic prosperity, diversification, stability, and sustainability.

Canada’s immigration allowances within the local area contribute to its success story, attracting fresh talent and ideas. As industry professionals gather in Toronto for the conference, it serves as a testament to Canada’s home-grown talent, innovation, and the immense potential that the country holds in the gaming world.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that celebrates Canada’s vibrant games industry and unleashes a wave of innovation and collaboration!

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PopOk Gaming’s new Crash Game release Crash Extreme

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Introducing PopOk Gaming’s new crash game ‘Crash Extreme’ – An Epic Adventure Beyond the Skies!

While playing PopOk Gaming’s latest release “Crash Extreme” the players will embark on an exhilarating journey where their fearless moto rider will defy gravity, soaring off cliffs, reaching unprecedented heights, and even venturing into space!

As the multiplier climbs, the excitement intensifies, offering a breathtaking ride to astronomical heights.

Let the players prepare for an extreme adventure where crashing takes  beyond the skies in ‘Crash Extreme’!

Here’s how it works:

-Place the bet

-Watch the multiplier increase from 1x upwards

-Cash out anytime to multiply the winnings

With the chance to win up to x10,000, ‘Crash Extreme’ promises non-stop excitement and adrenaline-pumping action.

Available in various categories including Casino Games, Skill Games, Fast Games, and more, ‘Crash Extreme’ is set to redefine the gaming landscape. Get ready for the ultimate adventure that takes you beyond the skies!

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The Gamemasters Summit: Stellar Speaker Lineup Announced With 30+ Mobile Games Thought Leaders

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The Gamemasters Summit, a pioneering digital conference powered by Kwalee and supported by media partner PocketGamer.biz and sponsors AppsFlyer and Embrace, has announced its full speaker lineup. The event will bring together developers, publishers, platforms, agencies, suppliers and talent in mobile games alongside students and graduates.

The one-day online event invites delegates to engage with panel discussions and keynote sessions led by some of the sector’s most influential figures. With both an Expert Track and Emerging Track, The Gamemasters Summit offers a range of sessions and networking opportunities for people at all stages of their career in mobile games, from entry level to C-Suite.

The Gamemasters Summit has a ‘no selling, no BS, opinions welcome’ mandate – so the content and discussion will be original, interesting and useful for all attendees.

A Lineup of Over 30 World Class Speakers and Insightful Panels

The Gamemasters Summit is proud to present an impressive roster of speakers, including industry leaders and innovators who will share their knowledge, experiences and visions for the future of mobile gaming. Highlights include:

Javier Castro, Head of EMEA AppDev Gaming at Google and John Wright, VP of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, who will join forces in the keynote panel to explore the latest trends and challenges facing the mobile games industry in 2024.
Michail Katkoff, Founder of Deconstructor of Fun, and Adam Smart, Director of Product Gaming at AppsFlyer, will also join the keynote to provide their expert analysis on game trends and market strategy, shedding light on the keys to success in the rapidly evolving mobile games market.
Gabriel Stürmer, CEO of Clap Clap Games, will share their journey as a games studio, crafting hit games in collaboration with Kwalee, highlighting the strategies that led to their widespread success.
Allison Bilas, COO at GameAnalytics, will contribute her profound analytics and big data knowledge to the “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming” panel. Her experience with major game studios and tech providers underscores the critical role of data in the success of mobile games.
Vera Karpova, Product Manager at dev-to-dev, Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew and Eberhard Dürrschmid, CEO of Golden Whale Productions GmbH will also join the “Play By Numbers” panel, adding their insights on product analytics and the integration of enterprise-level analytics to support mobile game development.
Nikita Lord, Graduate Partnership Manager at Grads in Games – Aardvark Swift, will speak in the “Forging Your Career in Gaming” session. Nikita’s experience in bridging gaps between industry and academia is crucial for aspiring industry professionals and game developers looking to enter the games industry successfully.
Ben Hopkins, Creative Director at VCCP, and Justin Nield, Creative Solutions Lead at Kayzen, will explore the “Crafting Impact: Mastering the Ad Creative Lifecycle” session. Their combined expertise provides a comprehensive view of developing and optimising creative strategies for impactful advertising in the games industry and this panel will be chaired by Gavin McNicholl, Creative Director at Kwalee.
Harry Lang, VP of Marketing at Kwalee, brings over two decades of expertise to the Gamemasters Summit. Harry will kick off the event with an introduction to The Summit and its agenda, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussion and networking. Furthermore, his session “Beyond the Code: The A to Z of Marketing a Hit Mobile Game” promises to unravel the complexities of marketing in the mobile games industry.
William Cox, Head of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, will moderate “Game Publishing Unveiled: Strategies for Emerging Developers.” This panel aims to shed light on the intricacies of game publishing, offering emerging developers insights into how they can make their games stand out. Will’s extensive experience in game publishing at Kwalee, Sega and Ubisoft will guide the conversation, providing actionable advice for attendees.
Simon Platt, VP of Kwalee’s Leamington Studio, has been at the forefront of designing and producing hit mobile games, leading Kwalee’s in-house mobile games to over 1 billion downloads. Simon will chair the “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” session, designed for emerging game developers. This discussion will dive into the creative and strategic processes behind successful game development, from ideation to execution.
Eric Futoran, CEO of Embrace and previously a co-founder of Scopely, will discuss how an obsession with delivering flawless player experiences is crucial to any game’s success, and why he is dedicated to helping teams resolve complex app issues quickly.

These speakers, among many others, will provide a comprehensive exploration of the tools, tactics, and innovations shaping the future of mobile game development and publishing. The Gamemasters Summit is an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights from the leading minds in the industry, offering strategic learning, career development, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Engaging Sessions Designed for Every Level of Expertise

The Gamemasters Summit features two distinct tracks catering to both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the industry so there’s something for everyone:

The Expert Track offers advanced insights into topics such as data science, AI in mobile gaming, and monetisation strategies. Sessions include “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming,” where panellists like Allison Bilas, COO of GameAnalytics, and Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew, will discuss the integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence in game development and marketing.
The Emerging Track focuses on foundational knowledge and career development, with sessions such as “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” by Simon Platt, Head of Studio (Hybrid) at Kwalee. Attendees will gain insights into the creative process behind developing successful mobile games, from concept ideation to execution.

Join the Leading Innovators In Mobile Gaming

The Gamemasters Summit is not only an event for learning and inspiration but also a prime networking opportunity for professionals looking to connect with peers and industry leaders. With discussions on the latest trends, innovations, and strategies, attendees will be better equipped to navigate the future of mobile gaming.

Join the Gamemasters Summit to connect with these and other industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and explore the latest trends and strategies in the mobile games industry – all this and more at zero cost!

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Opportunities, Licensing and Technological Innovation: Gaming Meets Business at the Hamburg Games Conference 2024

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On March 5 and 6, the Hamburg Games Conference (HGC) will become the meeting point for international games companies and start-ups as well as all those who want to understand the underlying issues and are aiming for cooperation with games studios.

Remedy Entertainment, Metacore, Thunderful Group, The Sandbox, Animoca Brands, Bigpoint, InnoGames, Sunday GmbH, Gamelight, London Venture Partners and GamesIndustry.biz are joining the HGC with speakers and representatives.

The organizers Gamecity Hamburg, GRAEF Rechtsanwalte and Super Crowd Entertainment offer impulses for companies and founders with the talk program, roundtables and MeetToMatch matchmaking to be able to position themselves strongly in the constantly changing market. Hamburg’s First Mayor, Dr Peter Tschentscher, will give a welcoming address at the HGC. Tickets for companies and start-ups are available https ://HGC2024. EventBrite.de.

The program addresses current issues with international speakers on topics such as licensing or the wave of layoffs in the industry.

International games experts:

On stage at the HGC 2024 will be Guido Schmidt, Associate Executive Producer for Remedy Entertainment, with a talk on ‘A Healthy Creative Process: Why Planning Stuff During Proof of Concept is a Bad Idea’, Tim Shepherd, Product Manager for Metacore, on ‘Learning What Your Players Really Want’, Christoph Sachsenhausen, co-founder and Managing Director for Sunday GmbH, on ‘The State of Hyper-Casual in 2024’, Michelle Zou, Chief Executive Officer for Bigpoint, on ‘Bridging East and West: The Power of Transnational Collaboration in the Gaming Industry’, Gunay Aliyeva, co-founder of Gamelight, on ‘How we Bootstrapped our Company to $1 Billion Revenues’, Rachit Moti, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Layer, with a talk on ‘Licensing IP Into Video Games: A Risky Investment or Profitable Partnership?’, and Davin Miyoshi, co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Skillprint, with a talk on ‘Unleashing the Power of AI to Personalize Games’.

Roundtables and panels on current topics:

In addition to keynotes and talks, the Licensing in Gaming, a Match Made in Heaven? panel will discuss how brands can cooperate with games. The How Web3 Enables Creative Freedom in Gaming panel is all about user-generated content. There will also be a roundtable on artificial intelligence (AI) and the legal implications for games studios.

Indie Arena Booth Pitch Royal – applications now open:

Indie devs and start-ups can apply until February 14 for the Indie Arena Booth Pitch Royal, which will be held live on-site on March 5. Whoever can convince the expert audience and the jury with their pitch in five minutes will receive a small booth at the Indie Arena Booth at gamescom 2024. Further information at https ://bit. ly/HGC24IAB.

In addition to an advisory board made up of the companies Sunday, Bigpoint, The Sandbox, InnoGames and 1SP Agency Holding, the sponsors Alibaba Cloud, 4Players, Bytro, Photon, Playa Games, Threaks and Tiny Roar support the HGC. The program is accessible via https: //www .GamesConference .com/talks-panels -2024/.

Networking and B2B matchmaking:

The Altonaer Museum offers all participants a MeetToMatch Cafe and the opportunity for extensive networking in a welcoming atmosphere. At the extended expo area in the museum, international companies and game studios will present themselves.

Business and start-up tickets available:

The business ticket for €349 grants guests access to the two-day conference program, B2B meetings via MeetToMatch and participation in the get-together on the evening of the first conference day. Start-up tickets are also available for newly founded companies at a discounted price of €199. Tickets for the HGC 2024 are available at https ://HGC2024 .EventBrite.de.

All current information on the HGC 2024 is available at www .GamesConference .com.

Cooperation with the German Creative Economy Summit on March 6 and 7, 2024 in Hamburg:

Visitors can also take part in the German Creative Economy Summit in Hamburg on March 7, organized by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. All information is available at: https ://german- creative- economy-summit.de/. Anyone who purchases a ticket for the Hamburg Games Conference can benefit from a 20% discount on a ticket for the German Creative Economy Summit. If you are interested, please contact HGC @Super-Crowd .com.

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