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Google, X.D. Network, Yoozoo Games and Superera join incredible Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong 2019 speaker lineup

Google, X.D. Network, Yoozoo Games and Superera join incredible Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong 2019 speaker lineup

With just weeks to go until the first ever Blockchain Gamer and Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong, we are still adding to the amazing list of expert speakers for the two day B2B conference on July 17th and 18th.

Held at the Cyberport venue in association with Animoca Brands and part of the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum, 120 speakers will deliver 55 hours of cutting edge content to 500 games industry professionals from all over the world.

The full schedule is available now! You can view it in this handy document or filter and browse on the official website.

And now, we are delighted to share with you the next wave of speakers joining the huge roster in Hong Kong, joining the likes of Tencent, NetEase, Giant Interactive, Unity, 6waves and more - you can find out more about those earlier speakers here and here.

Left to right: Brandy Wu, Langer Lee, Sean Lim, Kalle Heikkinen

As this is the first time Pocket Gamer Connects heads to Hong Kong, we bring with us a truly international audience ready to explore the Asian markets of the games industry. We’re looking forward to introducing developers, publishers, investors and media to each other from both the West and the East. Our sessions offer valuable insight into the latest developments and hottest business trends from around the world.

One such session will be from X.D. Network’s Brandy Wu, as she offers expert insight into the indie game market in China, while mixi’s Langer Lee dives into the Japanese market. Sean Lim of Kunlun Korea heads a session on Korean mobile game market trends with stats, which includes the way of successful publishing campaigns in marketing, partnership, localisation and more.

Differences between Eastern and Western mobile game art styles and markets.

Kalle Heikkinen of GameRefinery offers a session on the differences between Eastern and Western mobile game art styles and genres across markets, giving developers and publishers an understanding of which artistic styles work in each market.

Twisted Hand Studio’s Owen Shen presents his own experiences working with developers as a service provider, and Yoozoo Games’ Wenfeng Yang joins a panel of experts discussing his own experiences publishing in and out of Asia.

Bingbing Wang of Leiting Games provides a session on how Leiting Games supports developers interested in the Chinese market, whereas Hong Kong Game Developer Alliance’s William Lau offers a valuable insight into the Hong Kong games market, and the challenges and opportunities operating in this field.

Yoozoo Games’ Anuj Tandon discusses the Indian games market while Play 3arabi’s Ahmed Alsafar will take audience questions on the rapidly growing MENA region. Vincent Ghossoub of Falafel Games holds a talk on making games profitable to diverse markets.

Left to right: Owen Shen, Wenfeng Yang, Bingbing Wang, Anuj Tandon

Helping you take your projects to the next step

At Pocket Gamer Connects, we offer content that’s of genuine use to game developers. For instance, Pixio’s Jeremy Lam and Google’s Qian Tang join a panel discussing future opportunities for developers, while Gamejam’s Christian Calderon will take part in a speed panel looking at instant games and hypercasual games.

Superera’s Joe Tang offers insight into designing and publishing a successful idle game, a must-see talk for those working in the field. Alexander Casassovici of Azarus offers valuable tips and tricks into in-game engagement while presenting a case study on Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege. Fundamentally Games’ very own Oscar Clark will run a session offering advice to developers how Live Ops, and how this discipline is about building player experiences rather about servers. Jamie Xue of Oppo will be giving an introduction into Oppo Game Center.

Live Ops and how this discipline is about building player experiences.

Invest, invest, invest!

Money makes the world go round, and those seeking investment should attend our awesome investment panel. Tips and advice will be coming from:

  • Wargaming’s Sean Lee
  • Confidential’s Henry Yeh
  • Plutus VC’s Joshua Galloway and Calvin Ng
  • Vectr Ventures’ Tony Zander

Making money with brands

Pixonic’s Vladimir Krasolnikov offers a must-see session on monetization design, and the dark side of gacha games, and Google’s Tianxu Wang heads a talk on ads monetization opportunities in IAP-heavy games.

EPIK’s Owen Ma discusses crossover collaborations and digital merchandise, using real-world merchandise collaborations as a successful marketing tool and how it can be used digitally. Whereas ZeptoLab’s Dylan Tredrea will take part in a panel of experts looking at whether working with licensed IP is a path to success.

Left to right: Ahmed Alsafar, Vincent Ghossoub, Qian Tang, Christian Calderon

Into the future of esports

What does the future hold for esports?

As esports is becoming more popular than ever before, we need to look at what the future holds for this cultural phenomenon. We are joined by ENCE eSports’ Mika Kuusisto, Student Esports Association Hong Kong’s Tik Yuen and HK Esports’ Derek Cheung, as they explore where esports goes from here. What potential does the future hold?

Meanwhile, Esports Holidays’ Frank Sliwka presents a session on how esports influences tourism and local business, while Tencent’s Daniel Concha Zegarra reveals the behemoth Tencent’s work in the esports sector.

We are also joined by GRAMPUS’ Kay Kim and iDreamsky’s Monte Singman. Phew! A packed conference schedule to be sure.

Left to right: Mika Kuusisto, Derek Cheung, Frank Sliwka, Daniel Concha Zegarra

One ticket, two events

Partner event Blockchain Gamer Connects also makes its debut in Hong Kong, bringing further incredible conference tracks, essential for any blockchain games professional. You can read about some of the speakers appearing here.

Your ticket will grant you access to both shows and all 15 conference tracks.

Networking opportunities

Our conferences aren’t just about the amazing speakers and content that we’ve lined up, it's also about connecting with professionals from all over the games industry. Hence the name! Networking is a vital part of business development, and we’re here to help. Whether they be developers, students or some of the industry’s biggest developers, publishers and investors, you can find them there using our online meeting scheduler. Pitch & Match is free to all delegates, helping you locate that essential contact.

Save up to $180 on tickets! One ticket, two events!

Perhaps you could join us for our SpeedMatch sessions, which pair developers and publishers in a series of speed-dating type meetings, or register for our brand new Investor Connector, which sees pre-selected applicants paired for one-on-one meetings with investors looking to spend the right kind of money in the right sector. These are curated sessions but we still have a few places left - please register!

Working on a game? Getting valuable notes on it from press, publishers and pundits could help make it a success. Our beloved Very Big Indie Pitch also joins us for our journey to the East, which sees indie developers showcase their games to a panel of expert judges in order to gain feedback, and a chance to win promotional prizes worth thousands of dollars. You might also win a baseball bat, and glory in the media might also await...

If you’re familiar with our Connects series, then you would know all about our fantastic Global Connects Party. Held on the first night of the conference, you can carry on the networking until late whilst enjoying a free bar, finger food and music. Just because the show is shut for business doesn’t mean you have to be!

Last chance to save money!

Join us for our first ever Blockchain Gamer and Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong and save up to $180 on the price of tickets! But hurry - these discounts end next week, so book now!

Want to speak to our audience?

We’re still adding to the schedule daily and if you’d like to speak to our audience, we'd love to hear from you! Not only are we actively seeking expert speakers for Hong Kong right now, but submissions are already open for future Connects events in Helsinki this September, Amman this November - and even London in January 2020.
If you’d like to speak at any of our international events, get in touch using this form or email patty.toledo@steelmedianetwork.com.

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