Get excited for PG Connects Seattle 2020 with these six videos from last year's conference

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Get excited for PG Connects Seattle 2020 with these six videos from last year's conference

Pocket Gamer Connects is returning to Seattle for its second year in just over two months - and trust us, that time is going to slip by before you know it.

It's actually made us a little nostalgic for last year's event, and all the fantastic talks and sessions that took place at the Grand Hyatt, the same location we'll be returning to for the 2020 edition.

Thankfully, all of our sessions are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel, so if you're ever struggling to remember a fascinating point a speaker made, you can also go back and check out their video to refresh your memory.

We've decided to go back and pick out six of our favourite videos from PG Connects Seattle 2019 to reminisce about the old times, and get ourselves hyped up for the next round of wonderful panels, talks, and other sessions coming our way in just a couple of months.

Like what you see? Tickets for PG Connects Seattle 2020 are available now, and the Early Bird discount is still on - but you've only got until March 12th to save up to $275 on the price of your tickets. Get them quick!

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  • The fun never stops! The art and science of live events

    Live ops continues to be vitally important to free-to-play games - after all, if your rabid fanbase of players doesn't have anything to do, why would they keep playing your game?

    Crystin Cox, a liveops evangelist for PlayFab (Microsoft), knows this all to well, and took to the stage to discuss live events in particular, and especially why players want to engage with them.

    "Live events are a great way to reinvigorate your core gameplay loop by changing things up just a little bit," she explains, adding that it helps you to direct players to specific parts of the game that they aren't playing at the moment.

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  • Tips on making your hyper-casual game a success in China

    If there's one thing the mobile games industry loves at the minute, it's hypercasual. And if there's another thing it has always been confused by, it's China.

    Now what if you smashed those two topics together and got Mintegral GM Americas Jeff Sue to give a talk about it? You'd get the fascinating video below.

    Regarding why hypercasual is so popular in China, Sue pointed out that "mobile is their main gaming device" due to a lack of home consoles, and hypercasual games are well suited to first-time gamers who aren't used to the traditional titles you see in the West.

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  • 10 must-know business tips for games industry freelancers

    One thing that PG Connects events are great for is supporting indie developers. Not only is there an indie showcase and a Big Indie Pitch at each event, but we also have an indie track for smaller developers to share their learnings with fellow members of the industry.

    At last year's PG Connects Seattle, independent composer Taylor Ambrosio Wood went on stage to share 10 must-know business tips for fellow freelancers in the industry, including thinking of yourself as a business, building a portfolio, and advice on dealing with contracts.

    "I know if you're, like, a freelance artist or level designer, we tend to think, 'oh, we're an artist', which is great, but you also need to like, put your own business hat on," noted Wood on her first point.

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  • 80% data, 20% luck – How to make profitable games in 2019

    In the world of free-to-play, data is king - but running the numbers isn't going to instantly make your game super successful.

    To help with figuring out what all these figures really mean, deltaDNA chief product officer Isaac Roseboom gave a talk on making profitable games using mostly data, with a little bit of luck.

    It's not going to be easy, of course. "We know the biggest games in the world are entrenched in the top of the charts," Roseboom pointed out, noting that seven of the top 10 grossing games at the time were over two years old.

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  • Culture and diversity in games

    Culture and diversity are two of the hottest topics in the games industry at the moment, and it's heartening to see more companies taking steps to improve the diversity on their teams to ensure their games represent the widest audience possible.

    In this panel, Geogrify's Kate Edwards leads a discussion on that very topic, alongside representatives from Spry Fox, LBC Studios, Rebind.io, and more.

    "From a talent pool perspective, when we put out calls for any position, we get people from minority backgrounds, and women, etc. for virtually every position except for programming," noted David Edery, CEO of Spry Fox.

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  • Analysing the Japanese games market

    China may be an interesting, near-impenetrable market for most developers, but the rest of Asia is just as varied and valuable if you have the right game - and the right partner.

    On that very topic, our own Patty Toledo sat down to speak with Chorus Worldwide founder and CEO Shintaro Kanaoya, who took some time to explain why the publisher has pivoted away from mobile recently (which is still interesting for mobile developers in its own way!)

    "We would be able to happily release a mobile premium game and basically make very little money for us, and obviously very little revenue share for the original developers, whereas with console we've been able to pay a revenue share for absolutely everything we've done, even the lowest-performing stuff," Kanaoya said.

    Make sure to grab your tickets for PG Connects Seattle 2020 now!


Ric is the Editor of PocketGamer.biz, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.