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Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #5 (Online)
Feb 8th - 12th 2021

Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #5 (Online)

Online Event

Date & Times: Monday, February 8th - 12th 2021
8:45am to 8pm
Location: Online Event
Expected Size: 1,000 - 3,000
Ticket Cost: 150 GBP
Target Audience: Developers, Indie Developers, Creatives, Recruitment, C-Level, Marketing, Students, Investors, Publishers, Tool Providers, Technical teams, Ad Companies, Media, YouTubers / Streamers, Publisher
Event Type: Online Event
Featured Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Console, Smart TV, Handheld Console, Wearables, W

Following four fantastic digital events in 2020, Pocket Gamer Connects will return in 2021 with another world-welcoming online conference

A Pocket Gamer Connects online conference is the perfect way to meet, learn from, and do business with over 1,300 games industry professionals, and over 200 speakers. We've run 26 Connects events now since 2014, and we're excited to announce our 2021 plans.

The need to connect remains as strong as ever, even though many of us still being unable to travel. Despite hopes of an end to the pandemic, we've all accepted that early 2021 will still be an unusual time. Fortunately, running events digitally has enabled us to unite vast numbers of international guests - some 75 countries were represented at each of our online conferences in 2020! Thank you for joining us. We'd love to be able to say, "Now let's meet in London!" but that'll have to wait until the spring. In the meantime, let's fire up Zoom, Discord and MeetToMatch, and get connected digtally once more.

Our pledge: we will continue to work incredibly hard to distil as much of the content and spirit as we can from the traditional events you have come to know and love over the last eight years, and hone the format so it can be as genuinely useful as possible. That means expert talks, panels and round-tables, a meeting platform, digital versions of Big Indie Pitches and fringe events like Publisher SpeedMatch, and more surprises too.

Expert Insight
As one of an expected 1,300 delegates, you will select from a programme of great live video content, full of insight and practical advice across 16 themed conference tracks. You can watch the tracks live or catch up on the recorded videos within your own time, and if you're online while the speakers are performing you'll be able to interact with them and the other viewers with questions and comments.

You can expect talks from over 200 speakers who will educate and inspire through an agenda of themed tracks set to cover monetisation and growth, global game trends and company culture, development tools and stories and strategies to thrive in the modern gaming market be it mobile, PC, console, blockchain or XR. Please bookmark our editorial site www.pocketgamer.biz for news and features about our speakers as we announce them, and follow us on Twitter.

If you'd like to speak at PGC Digital #5 on a topic you know well, or join us as a speaker at another of our other events, please sign up using our Speaker Submission form.

 

24-Hour Networking For All
Business goes on, and people need to find new partners, new jobs, and new products to work with! So in addition to the talks, you'll also be able to search and connect with other attendees. You can find people, connect, discuss, do deals and make plans using the MeetToMatch online meeting platform. It enables you to search by a range of professional criteria and automatically schedules one-to-one video meetings. The platform will go live about two weeks before the conference so you can begin planning.

Plus we'll also be running online variants of our celebrated Big Indie Pitch, Investor Connector, and Publisher SpeedMatch activities, that will bring together specific groups with specific needs. Pre-registration is essential in order to take part in these - application forms will go live soon.

The event is called Connects because that’s what we help you do; connect with the whole gaming industry, from students and indie studios to the media, international investors and publishers. A fantastic cross-section always attends one of our conferences No other event puts you in touch with the entire mobile gaming industry like our Connects conferences, and this remains true of our digital events. It's a true cross section of the industry, from people taking their first steps in game design, to experience CEOs. Roughly 70% of our attendees are game creators.

We're not going to pretend that this online event will have all the benefits of a regular conference. There are no free drinks for a start (although you could crack open a bottle at home), no booths to wander or cool freebies to pocket, you obviously don't get the thrill of visiting a great city and generally there’ll be less of those incidental catch-ups and spontaneous meetings that often make the whole thing worthwhile. But please join us as we strive hard to bring a useful, information, fun business event to the games industry. We appreciate all your feedback and suggestions!

Established International Audience
More than 30,000 industry professionals have attended the Connects international conference series since 2014. Since then, the roadshow has landed in the UK, Canada, USA, Finland, Hong Kong, Jordan and India with a genuinely international client base; on average, delegates from more than 45 countries attend each event. With the advent of the Digital conference, we have seen this number grow! There were 75 countries represented at our 2020 online events, and we know that over 70% of our audience works in game creation and publishing.

In 2016, PG Connects became the biggest dedicated mobile games industry conference series in Europe and has stayed on top ever since. Every event has been bigger and better than the last, and since 2017 we’ve added VR/AR, PC, console and blockchain to the mix. Our Digital events through 2020 smashed expectations and were an example to the industry of what could be achieved despite pandemic lockdown.

Previous speakers and delegates from all the key industry players include Supercell, King, Space Ape Games, Niantic, SYBO, Tencent, Mythical Games, Unity, Jam City, Skybound, Apple, Rovio, Disney, Super Evil Megacorp, Wargaming, Kabam, NetEase, NTT Docomo, Ubisoft, Facebook, Google, Square Enix, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Sega, Capcom, Twitter, Snapchat, Twitch, NaturalMotion, N3TWORK and many, many, many more.

And because Steel Media owns and operates the leading media in this space too, including PocketGamer.com, PocketGamer.biz and PCGamesInsider.biz, our events benefit from unrivalled press coverage. A combined website readership of well over a million users a month, 300,000 engaged Twitter followers, nearly 120,000 subscribers on YouTube, all await. Our events include opportunities - like a Journalist Bar (operating in Discord for our Digital events) - where you can show writers and editors your games.

 

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Platinum Sponsors

Facebook

Facebook

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Facebook is the place to launch and grow your mobile game. Our solutions are uniquely designed to help drive discovery and to assist with monetization strategies within our diverse global gaming community.

Furthermore, when you partner with Facebook. you partner with the entire family of apps and services, which allows you to further widen your reach and gives you access, not only to Facebook. But to Instagram and Network as well.

As a whole, this presents game-marketers with the opportunity to maximise business value in a personalised, Innovative and efficient manner.

MoPub

MoPub

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MoPub, a Twitter company, provides monetization solutions for mobile app publishers and developers around the world.

Mobile publishers trust our flexible network mediation, leading mobile programmatic exchange, and years of expertise with mobile app advertising to balance their user experience with their revenue goals.

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Xsolla

Xsolla

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Xsolla is the video game business engine with a set of tools and services that help to operate and sell more games.

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Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices worldwide, Xsolla operates as a merchant and seller of record for major gaming entities like Valve, Twitch, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and PUBG Corporation. For more information, visit www.xsolla.com.

Gold Sponsors

Stillfront Group

Stillfront Group

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Stillfront is a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios. Our diverse and exciting games portfolio has two common themes: loyal users and long lifecycle games.

They are a profitable, rapid growth company with around 1,000 people working in our different studios around the world. Organic growth and carefully selected and executed acquisitions embody their growth strategy and their co-workers thrive in an organization that engenders the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Their main markets are within Europe, the US and the MENA region, and are headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

Luna Labs

Luna Labs

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Luna Labs is a technology company for playable and video ads.

Our product suite empowers mobile game studios of all sizes to build, manage, and optimise their creatives, enhancing end-to-end workflows whilst bringing teams together from production to delivery.

Google Firebase

Google Firebase

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Firebase gives you functionality like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so you can move quickly and focus on your users.

It's built on Google infrastructure and scales automatically, for even the largest apps.

Firebase products work great individually but share data and insights, so they work even better together.

Silver Sponsors

Adjust

Adjust

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Adjust is a global app marketing analytics platform committed to ensuring the highest privacy and performance standards.

Adjust's solutions include attribution and measurement, fraud prevention, cybersecurity, as well as automation tools.

The company's mission is to make mobile marketing simpler, smarter and more secure for the more than 50,000 apps working with Adjust.

Unity

Unity

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Unity is the creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform, giving users the most powerful and accessible tools to create, operate, and monetize experiences for the real-time world.

Unity empowers anyone, regardless of skill level and industry, to create 3D visual content using world-class technology, operate using resources that maximize ease-of-use, and monetize, so that they can find success with their creations.

The company’s 1,000 person development team keeps Unity at the forefront of development by working alongside partners such as Google, Facebook, Oculus, Autodesk, and Microsoft to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms.

Made with Unity experiences reach nearly 3 billion devices worldwide and have been installed more than 29 billion times in the last 12 months.

Track Sponsors

Adverty

Adverty

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Adverty, the leading in-game platform, delivers seamless advertising to connect brands and people through its revolutionary display advertising technology built for games.

The platform offers true in-game ad inventory at scale and allows content creators to monetise the complete experience with unobtrusive, easy-to-integrate, immersive ads.

Founded in 2016, Adverty has offices in Stockholm, London and Lviv and works with advertisers, agencies and developers to unlock audiences and gaming revenue streams.

More information at www.adverty.com.

App Annie

App Annie

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App Annie is the industry's most trusted mobile data and analytics platform.

App Annie helps game publishers and other companies create winning mobile gaming experiences and achieve excellence. Companies use App Annie to understand detailed gamers data and discover how hottest games acquire, retain and monetize users in crowded app stores.

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My.Games

My.Games

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MY.GAMES is an international gaming brand (part of Mail.ru Group) and a leading Eastern European online entertainment company. MY.GAMES is comprised of 12 regional offices in Russia, Europe and the US, over 1,800 staff, and 13 development studios. MY.GAMES creates titles for the PC, consoles, and mobile devices.

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Over 605 million players have registered within MY.GAMES titles. The company also develops its own media, operates the MY.GAMES Store platform, has a dedicated investment division (MRGV). MRGV works with up-and-coming developers and experienced studios alike, providing not only financial, but also marketing and operational support.

MRGV holds educational game development meet-ups for its partners on a regular basis.

Enthusiast Gaming

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Enthusiast Gamingis building the world’s largest social network of communities for gamers and esports fans that reaches over 300 million gaming enthusiasts on a monthly basis. Already the largest gaming platform in North America and the United Kingdom, the Company’s business is comprised of four main pillars: Esports, Content, Talent and Entertainment.

Enthusiast Gaming’s esports division, Luminosity Gaming, is a leading global esports franchise that consists of 7 professional esports teams under ownership and management, including the Vancouver Titans Overwatch team and the Seattle Surge Call of Duty team. Enthusiast’s gaming content division includes 2 of the top 20 gaming media and entertainment video brands with BCC Gaming and Arcade Cloud, reaching more than 50MM unique viewers a month across 9 YouTube pages, 8 Snapchat shows and related Facebook, Instagram and TikTok accounts.

Its 100 gaming-related websites including The Sims Resource, Destructoid, and The Escapist collectively generate 1.1 billion page views monthly. Enthusiast’s talent division works with nearly 1,000 YouTube creators generating nearly 3 billion views a month working with leading gamer talent such as Pokimane, Flamingo, Anomaly, and The Sidemen.

Enthusiast’s entertainment business includes Canada’s largest gaming expo, EGLX (eglx.com), and the largest mobile gaming event in Europe, Pocket Gamer Connects (pgconnects.com). For more information on the Company visit enthusiastgaming.com. For more information on Luminosity Gaming visit luminosity.gg.

CrazyLabs

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Denuvo

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The company provides core technology and services for game publishers/platforms, independent software vendors, e-publishers and video publishers across the globe. Denuvo technology enables binary protection for games and enterprise applications across multiple platforms, including desktops (windows), consoles (PS4, Xbox), VR devices and mobile gaming.

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JoyPac

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With senior teams in Copenhagen and Beijing, we’re made up of talented developers, publishers, analysts and UA experts solely focused on working with studios at every stage. Our goal is to bring joyful mobile game experiences to the millions of players around the world.

Big Indie Pitch Sponsors

Kwalee

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Simon joined Kwalee in October 2019 to head-up the rapidly-growing Kwalee publishing team leveraging his knowledge and experience from over 30-years making hit games.

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Xsolla Diamond Club

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Just in time for PG Connects, Xsolla, Inc. is excited to announce Diamond Club, a growing collective of video game developers, publishers, and distributors with opportunities to network, share ideas, and solve mutual challenges together. Diamond Club’s members have access to gaming events tickets, subject matter experts, and monthly meet-ups with industry colleagues facing the same business successes and challenges.

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Associate Sponsors

Tranzfuser

Tranzfuser

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MAG Interactive

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Jump

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They have worked on some pilot projects with top game developers and publishers, showing results of up to 20% improvement in their monetization.

AudioMob

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Founded by xGoogle and xFacebook employees, AudioMob are the pioneers behind rewarded audio and non-intrusive audio advertising in mobile games.

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Jet Play

Jet Play

http://www.jetplay.io/

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TinyHydra

TinyHydra

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AppTweak

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Owlcat Games

Owlcat Games

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The core team has been working together for 15+ years on such notable games as Silent Storm, Heroes of Might and Magic V, Allods Online, and Skyforge.

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