To say that the folks at PocketGamer don’t know what’s up is a huge understatement.
While most conventions park in Toronto, or San Fransisco, PG took the unpopular route and announced (a short while back) that they would be holding a Pocketgamer Connects Converence in Vancouver during our nearly unbeatably beautiful month of June.
The Global Mobile Game Conference boasts that to connect the ever-expanding world of Mobile Games, and what better city to host the first ever Canadian conference than Vancouver? Our beautiful coastal joy has been evolving over the years. Into what has become a prime location for start-ups and mobile game studios.
While there is tons about the conference that hasn’t been announced yet, they’ve finally given us a peek at the bill. What makes a conference a bigger deal than an expo? Speakers. The first batch “in alphabetical order so there’s no bickering” goes as follows:
- Chris Akhavan, Glu Mobile
- Sebastien Borget, Pixowl
- Oscar Clark, Unity Technologies
- Ville Heijari, Rovio Entertainment
- Philip Hickey, Seriously
- Mike Inglehart, Hothead Games
- Shintaro Kanaoya, Chorus Worldwide
- Alexis Kennedy, Failbetter Games
- Nicholas Pezarro, Pocket Gems
- David Phan, Relic Entertainment
- Devin Radfod, Fox Digital Ent.
- Kevin Robertson, GameSparks
- Shum Singh, Agnitio Capital
And there are more to come!
Slated to take place June 28th-29th, of this year, there is plenty of opportunity for the group to make regularly scheduled updates to entice ticket sales.
Techvibes will be there. So come say hello!
The seven tracks the show will be focusing on are:
- East Meets West: Going Global – our beloved core track returns more in tune than Celine Dion and includes insight into trends in Asia, LatAm, and emerging markets, as well as a focus on eSports and, of course, brands
- Indie Futures – this should be the destination of every indie developer attending PGC, where they’ll get the lowdown on the strategies, tools, and techniques needed to thrive in today’s mobile games market without a hint of irony (note: Alanis Morissette fans may struggle)
- Monetize, Retain, Acquire – not an analysis of Avril Lavigne manager’s strategy for the singer’s career, rather the lowdown on how to establish a model that will keep your players returning and spending before you have to dish out the UA dollars
- Mobile Games University – want wisdom to rival that of Neil Young? MGU offers a carefully curated curriculum very much focused on practical advice on how to succeed as a mobile games developer
- Show Me The Money – Justin Bieber’s likely favourite track isn’t as crass as its title suggests, and should teach you how to locate and select the investment avenue that could transform your business
- Future Visions – from pinpoint the real size of the VR opportunity to deciding what other technologies and trends should be on your radar, Future Visions aims to give your business Michael Bublé-like lastabilityd
- Made In Vancouver – Coming to Canada and not taking time to celebrate the best in gaming from BC? You may as well pretend Leonard Cohen doesn’t exist
Wow. How great does that sound. PG seems to be looking to birth Canada’s premier Mobile Gaming conference with this programme. You can expect over 80 sessions, and over 100 speakers. They’ve even released specs on a few of their big events.
- The Very Big Indie Pitch – massively popular indie developer competition
- 20/20 SpeedMatch – An exclusive session enabling shortlisted developers and publishers to make initial contact during a dedicated 2-hour stint of speed-date style meetings
- I Love Indie Showcase – an exlusive expo area within the conference dedicated to indie developers and their games
- PG Party – come now, no PGC is complete without a little dancing and plenty of schmoozing
- Bespoke meeting system – our dedicated Pitch &Match system for all registered delegates to use in order to connect during the conference
Ontop of all that goodness, PGC is still on the hunt for people to speak at the event. So make sure to check out their submission page.
But if listening is what you’d prefer to do, and who can blame you with a stellar line-up of heavyweights listed, you can still buy tickets at pgconnects.com/vancouver.
The Pocket Gamer Connects events have rightfully earned a reputation for bringing together the biggest names in the mobile games business from all over the world to share their unique insight and experience. Whether it’s keynote speeches, themed sessions, or lively panel talks, you’ll be learning from the best.
So saddle up, bring your note-pad, business cards, and your schmooze-game. Let’s get connected!