Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2021 (Live + Online)
|Date & Times:||
Monday, September 27th - Oct 1st 2021
9am to 6pm
|Expected Size:||1,000 - 3,000|
|Ticket Cost:||72 GBP|
|Target Audience:||Developers, Indie Developers, Creatives, Recruitment, C-Level, Marketing, Students, Investors, Publishers, Tool Providers, Technical teams, Ad Companies, Media, YouTubers / Streamers, Publisher|
|Featured Platforms:||iOS, Android, Windows, Console, Smart TV, Handheld Console, Wearables, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reali|
The leading mobile gaming industry conference, Pocket Gamer Connects, is excited to return to Helsinki in September 2021.
Over the last six years, we've been visiting Finland to celebrate the best of the games industry. Well, the pandemic of 2020 forced everybody to adapt their plans. Pocket Gamer Connects pivoted quickly to online events, which grew strongly throughout 2020 to much industry acclaim.
And we'll continue to run digital conferences in 2021 and beyond, but it's important to us to get back to doing business and learning skills in person. So we're putting a pin in the calendar in September 2021 for a return to our Helsinki venue. Join us! Yes, there will be a party.
"This is a people industry and there's no substitute for the excitement of wandering a show floor, making random connections over coffee, and generally connecting face-to-face," explains CEO and mobile games industry champion Chris James. "I think most people in the industry (especially the business development folks) really thrive on the energy of sitting down to share game and business ideas. I think the first shows of 2021 will feel quite special because of the gap. Can't wait to see some old friends and meet new ones!"
The best of both worlds
In September, you can expect two days of live content, with talks staged across the usual track rooms, live pitching taking place, and so on. We'll also stream most of this content over the web for those who are still unable to travel, so a ticket will also enable you to watch remotely if you want, and view the recordings of the sessions later.
There'll be a MeetToMatch meeting platform as usual, with a meeting area for people to meet in person. With luck the pandemic will have subsided by then, but we'll take all necessary precautions at the venue and our staff will be fully trained in running an event with appropriate social distancing and cleanliness measures. The meeting platform will also enable remote attendees to connect over the internet. And we'll keep the meeting platform live all week so that you can follow up even once you've left the venue.
What will you discover?
You'll hear from over 200 of the world’s leading authorities from the gaming industry. Mobile, PC and console, blockchain, XR and more will be covered, across a series of unmissable conference tracks.
Mobile gaming remains the core of the conference - we've been championing the mobile gaming scene for 15 years through our Pocket Gamer brand - but there's more than mobile in 2021: our dedicated Big Screen Gaming (PC, console, XR) and blockchain conference zones are back too!
Tracks, you ask? You can expect The Growth Track, The Developer Toolkit, Global Trends, Game Maker Insights, Live Ops Landscape, Monetiser, Industry Visions & Values, Incredible Indies, Esports + Influencers, Hypercasual + Social Games, and more, including Beyond Games, our newest track which explores the intersection of games and other media.
Networking For All
A Pocket Gamer Connects conference is a place to get business done. It's famous for being a place where new connections are made (hence the name) and productive meetings take place. You'll be able to network with over 1,000 industry professionals at this event, and we will do our best to make that easy.
We'll bring together the whole gaming industry, from students and indie studios to the media, international investors and AAA publishers. Unlike some other events, we offer our MeetToMatch meeting scheduler free to all delegates, with unlimited requests, so you can find that perfect contact and arrange to meet them in person.
No other event puts you in touch with the entire mobile gaming industry like our Connects conferences.
Curated fringe events like our Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector events pair developers in rapid succession with a series of publishers or investors. They're exclusive sessions where our experts hand-pick businesses who we know will find objectives in common. These short, sharp encounters enable first contact for you to follow up with a longer meeting if you find a potential partner. It’s a shop window for devs to display their wares and a pipeline of prospects for anyone looking to sign up-and-coming talent. Early application is advised as they fill up quickly and cannot be joined on the day. Look out for the application link once you've bought your Pocket Gamer Connects ticket!
Meet The Media
We welcome regional and international specialist media to our events so that your games reach the widest audience possible. With our own publishing powerhouse behind us, you are guaranteed that our industry journalists will be onsite for demos, interviews and other ways to raise awareness of your brand or project to the online community outside the walls of the event.
If you’re looking for feedback on a project, stop by our Journalist Bar for a free consultation from professional games journalists from sites including PocketGamer.com. Our editors can also be contacted through the meeting platform all week.
All About The Indies
Indie devs are the lifeblood of the mobile and PC games industry and Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2021 will champion their work to our international audience. The show floor has a dedicated Big Indie Zone for known names and newcomers alike to display their talent to an industry audience. This is a vibrant and varied expo area for publishers looking to sign promising titles.
And of course, our hugely popular Big Indie and PC Indie Pitches will be back in force with indie devs competing to impress a panel of expert judges. The winners walk away with armfuls of prizes and online marketing worth thousands of dollars.
Established International Audience
More than 30,000 industry professionals have attended the Pocket Gamer Connects international conference series since 2014, whether that's online or at a venue. The roadshow has landed in the UK, America, Canada, Finland, Jordan, India and Hong Kong with a genuinely international client base: on average, delegates from more than 45 countries attend each event. In 2020 we also took the event online, and delegates from over 75 countries joined us.
In 2016, we became the biggest dedicated mobile games industry conference series in Europe and have stayed on top ever since. Every event has been bigger and better than the last, even with the pandemic in 2020.
Not only have our previous delegates voted Connects the 'best value conference', but 97% would recommend it to a colleague and 96% tell us they’ll come back for more.
Previous speakers and delegates from all the key industry players include Supercell, King, Space Ape Games, Niantic, SYBO, Tencent, Telltale, Apple, Rovio, Disney, Wargaming, Kabam, NetEase, NTT Docomo, Ubisoft, Facebook, Google, Square Enix, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Sega, Capcom, Unity, Twitter, Snapchat, Twitch and many, many, many more.
And if that all sounds a bit serious, the first day will close with our awesome Global Connects Party – that’s where the networking goes on into the night and you might just make lifelong friends, fortunes and memories… (Again, don't worry: we'll be maintaining all the appropriate Covid-19 standards.)
Your conference ticket includes...
Entry to the main conference including access to all content tracks expo and dedicated meeting area on both days
Access to Journalist Bar where available
Invitation to access fringe sessions such as The Very Big Indie Pitch, Investor Connects, Publisher SpeedMatch (if eligible: application required)
Entry to the Global Connects Party on the evening of day one
Free coffee, tea and refreshments on both days
Free wifi in the venue
A personal profile on the MeetToMatch meeting system and unlimited meeting invites
Access to the video broadcasts and recordings of the talks
DIGITAL SEASON PASS
It's now possible to pay up-front for all upcoming Pocket Gamer Connects conferences in 2021 and save a huge amount of time and money. You could save as much as 65% off the full price of all tickets if you buy a Digital Season Pass to the year now. What are you waiting for?
This year, we still have all these digital events, and if you book now for all of them the cost-saving is huge:
Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki Digital (September 28-October 1)
Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7 Jordan (November)
Season Passes are available for Indies, Developers/Publishers, and Standard Industry Attendees. You could save more than $2,500 across the year! To book, please use the form below and we'll be in touch with an invoice.
APPLY FOR YOUR DIGITAL SEASON PASS!
NOTE: The discounts are cheaper than buying tickets even Super Early Bird rates. Prices do not include VAT. Please note this Digital Season Pass includes digital-only tickets to these events. Terms and conditions apply.
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