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Speaker Spotlight: Agnitio Capital MD Shum Singh to discuss Stillfront's rise and industry consolidation

Speaker Spotlight: Agnitio Capital MD Shum Singh to discuss Stillfront's rise and industry consolidation

Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019 will take place on January 21st to 22nd. To give you a taste of what to expect, we'll regularly be publishing interviews with the speakers at the show.

For more details on PGC London and to book a ticket, head to the website here.

In today's Speaker Spotlight we're talking to Agnitio Capital managing director Shum Singh, who will host a fireside chat with Stillfront Group CEO Jorgen Larsson entitled 'Growing Your Business Through Consolidation - The Stillfront Group Story'.

Singh founded Agnitio capital in 2003 and has over 20 years of technology-focused mergers and acquisitions expertise having worked in both New York and London.

Singh is an investor and non-executive director of GameInfluencer GmbH, Sviper GmbH and Heroic Labs. He is also an early stage investor in Hutch Games Limited.

Singh has spoken at various industry events including Mobile Games Forum, Casual Connect Europe, Develop UK, Nordic Game Conference, Pocket Gamer (London, Helsinki and Vancouver) and G-STAR in Busan, Korea.

Prior to establishing Agnitio Capital, Singh was employed in the venture capital division of Durlacher plc, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing Durlacher's mobile entertainment and consumer internet investments.

Prior to Durlacher, Shum worked for the Investment Banking division of CIBC Oppenheimer in New York in the Technology group where he executed a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, public equity offerings and strategic advisory transactions.

PocketGamer.biz: Could you tell us a bit about the company?

Shum Singh: Agnitio Capital is a fully authorised and regulated investment bank by the FCA. Agnitio principally provides merger and acquisition advisory services to games businesses.

What does your role entail?

As managing director and founder, I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company.

Why did you want to work in the games industry?

Mobile games are one of the fastest growing tech subsectors for the past 10 years.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into it?

There are many methods on how you can be employed in the games industry. Figure out what you're passionate about and pursue what is most similar to that.

What are your thoughts on the industry in the last 12 months?

The industry is growing overall but getting crowded out by large players. It is still possible for indies to break through but is becoming harder every year (until a new platform emerges)

What major trends do you predict in the next 12 months?

Continued consolidation (especially in the small to mid-sized range)

How has the games industry changed since you first started?

Become significantly larger and more complex. More senior people have entered and as a result the industry has become more competitive

Which part of the Connects event are you most looking forward to and why?

The Show Me the Money track.

Find out more about Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019 on the website.


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