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Mobile Mavens: The 2022 Wrap! 2022 HIGHLIGHTS Dec 28th, 2022

Mobile Mavens: The 2022 Wrap!

Our posse of industry experts tell us their highlights of 2022

Aaron Ludlow Product Director PlayStack
Antoine Jullemier VP, Gaming Bidstack
Chris Hewish President Xsolla
David Fernandez CEO Sandsoft Games
Karen Seror CMO Gamestream
Kim Carlson CRO Mobivity
Maor Wurembrand Director of Supply Growth Anzu
Matthew Warneford CEO and co-founder Dubit
Sophie Brügmann Head of Operations Lessmore
Yassine Tahi Co-Founder & CEO Kinetix

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Mobile Mavens: Is this the end for Twitter? And what are our alternatives? MOBILE MAVENS Dec 5th, 2022

Mobile Mavens: Is this the end for Twitter? And what are our alternatives?

Our posse of industry experts give their take on faltering Twitter's power and place in 2022

Antoine Jullemier VP, Gaming Bidstack
Brentton White CEO North Sea Games
Jordan Hastings Studio Director Astrodreamer Studio
Peter Lynch Games Lecturer/Researcher
Ratko Bozovic Head of Marketing Sandsoft Games
Teemu Jäppinen CTO Visible Realms
Yassine Tahi Co-Founder & CEO Kinetix
Stadia may be gone, but will the entire cloud gaming sector go with it? MOBILE MAVENS Oct 28th, 2022

Stadia may be gone, but will the entire cloud gaming sector go with it?

Industry experts react to the closure of Google Stadia

Karen Seror CMO Gamestream
Oscar Clark Chief Strategy Officer Fundamentally Games

Oscar Clark has been a pioneer in online, mobile, and console social games services since 1998. He is also author of the book, Games As A Service – How Free To Play Design Can Make Better Games.

Patty Toledo Director of Developer Relations Yahaha Studios
Rana Rahman Director Raptor PR
Sophie Brugman Head of Operations
Theo Priestley CEO Metanomic
Updated: Mobile Mavens: bringing more women into the mobile games industry INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Mar 10th, 2022

Updated: Mobile Mavens: bringing more women into the mobile games industry

Platform female trialblazers, stop punishing parenthood, and combat imposter syndrome

Anna Yukhtenko Senior games analyst Hutch
Ekin Eriş Product core contributor Infinite Arcade
Gill Gray Chief financial officer Outplay Entertainment Ltd
Gökçe Nur Oğuz CEO and co-founder Playable Factory
Jacki Vause CEO Dimoso
Kara Bilkiss Senior director of licensing and platform relations Rogue Games
Kayla Madsen Director of gaming solutions, EMEA TransPerfect Gaming Solutions
Maitrayee Biswas Marketing analytics lead, business intelligence Miniclip
María Sayans CEO usTwo games
Marta Norton Go to market lead, performance marketing Miniclip
Peggy Anne Salz Content Marketing Strategist and Chief Analyst MobileGroove

Peggy is content marketing strategist and chief analyst at Mobile Groove - https://mobilegroove.com/

Roxana Muntean Associate product manager Ubisoft
Stephanie Whitley Chief of staff Dubit
Mobile Mavens: the future of live events POST-PG CONNECTS THOUGHTS Feb 17th, 2022

Mobile Mavens: the future of live events

PG Connects London attendees share their thoughts on future live events

Harriet Hughes CMO PlayStack
Jennifer Estaris Game director usTwo games
Karla Reyes Growth Product Manager Niantic
Kayla Madsen Director of gaming solutions, EMEA TransPerfect Gaming Solutions
Ken Go Founder DECA Games
Patty Toledo Director of Developer Relations Yahaha Studios
Shum Singh MD Agnitio Capital

16 years of cross border M&A and fundraising expertise in the online games, mobile entertainment and consumer internet industries. Interested in working with established technology businesses looking to expand businesses to next level through combination of organic growth and inorganic activities.

Simon Spaull CRO and co-founder Gadsme
Mobile Mavens: expert predictions for the future of the mobile games industry PREDICTIONS Jan 21st, 2022

Mobile Mavens: expert predictions for the future of the mobile games industry

Web3, more acquisitions, and new working models

Erno Kiiski Chief Game Analyst - US GameRefinery
Kay Greunwoldt Founder Walking Squid
Keith Kawahata Head of Games AppLovin
Lana Meisak VP of Marketing & Business Development Gismart
Luke Jackson Product Manager, Candy Crush King
Mario Stefanidis Vice president of research Roundhill Investments
Matthew Warneford CEO and co-founder Dubit
Mobile Mavens: industry reactions to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard LARGEST GAMING ACQUISITION [AGAIN] Jan 19th, 2022

Mobile Mavens: industry reactions to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Industry responds to near-$70 billion acquisition

Devin Nambiar Head of Product and Partnered Development Electronic Arts
Gökçe Nur Oğuz CEO and co-founder Playable Factory
John Ozimek Co-founder Big Games Machine

John is co-founder of PR and marketing company Big Ideas Machine. Also an all-round nice guy...

Lana Meisak VP of Marketing & Business Development Gismart
Matthew Warneford CEO and co-founder Dubit
Michael Hudson CEO GameBake
Piers Harding-Rolls Research director, games Ampere Analysis
Roman Garbar Marketing Director Tenjin
Stefan Adamczyk VP of Global Partnerships Admix
Will Luton Luton & Son Founder
Mobile Mavens: Reactions to Take-Two's acquisition of Zynga LARGEST GAMING ACQUISITION Jan 11th, 2022

Mobile Mavens: Reactions to Take-Two's acquisition of Zynga

Industry responds to $12.7 billion acquisition

David Yin CEO Storms

David is currently the CEO of Storms, a gaming startup invested in by Singtel, AIS & SKT, with a focus on game publishing and an instant gaming platform.

David was recently Head of Business Development - Google Play Apps and Games and was responsible for acquiring, driving and building a pipeline of Android apps and games in SEA & Australia. Additionally, David led the Google Play Start-Up program in SEA & ANZ working closely with High Potential Startups and VCs in the region.

David currently advises & mentors Startups in the region through various programs including 500 Startups, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University, Unilever Foundry SEAA, Antler, Found 8, Landing Pad, Skala & Fishburners Australia. David is also an experienced Angel Investor.

Prior to Google, David was GM of Global Developer Alliances with Vserv and headed developer & publisher partnerships globally, engaging with mobile app developers/publishers and spearheading multiple developer/publisher initiatives. He was part of the Global Senior Leadership Team and reported to the CEO/Co-Founder.

David has spent over 6 years at Nokia, with the last role being that of Head of Ecosystem & Developer Experience (EDX) - Mobile Apps Monetisation. Additionally, David has over 10 years of global and Southeast Asian experience in the telecommunications industry, ranging from strategic to commercial roles at Vodafone, Orange, Sing-Tel Optus and Capgemini.

He is a Australian Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW)

Skills/Experience

  • Business Development - Mobile Apps & Games
  • Entrepreneurship/Start Ups
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Go-To-Market/Launch of Internet Services
  • Sales & Strategy
  • Mobile Services / Ecosystems expertise
  • Team management
Dmitri Lipnitsky CEO and Co-founder Gismart
Gökçe Nur Oğuz CEO and co-founder Playable Factory
Michael Hudson CEO GameBake
Oscar Clark Chief Strategy Officer Fundamentally Games

Oscar Clark has been a pioneer in online, mobile, and console social games services since 1998. He is also author of the book, Games As A Service – How Free To Play Design Can Make Better Games.

Roman Garbar Marketing Director Tenjin
Mobile Mavens: Reaction to China's new restrictions on children gaming CHINA SYNDROME Aug 31st, 2021

Mobile Mavens: Reaction to China's new restrictions on children gaming

Only three hours a week

Alex Faust Vice President EMEA Admix

Positive, supportive leader. Advertising, media & digital services expert. Extensive experience in planning and executing growth strategies across regions. Proven ability to build diverse, engaged teams that develop new business, retain & grow existing partnerships, and strengthen relationships with key clients & internal stakeholders.

David Yin CEO Storms

David is currently the CEO of Storms, a gaming startup invested in by Singtel, AIS & SKT, with a focus on game publishing and an instant gaming platform.

David was recently Head of Business Development - Google Play Apps and Games and was responsible for acquiring, driving and building a pipeline of Android apps and games in SEA & Australia. Additionally, David led the Google Play Start-Up program in SEA & ANZ working closely with High Potential Startups and VCs in the region.

David currently advises & mentors Startups in the region through various programs including 500 Startups, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University, Unilever Foundry SEAA, Antler, Found 8, Landing Pad, Skala & Fishburners Australia. David is also an experienced Angel Investor.

Prior to Google, David was GM of Global Developer Alliances with Vserv and headed developer & publisher partnerships globally, engaging with mobile app developers/publishers and spearheading multiple developer/publisher initiatives. He was part of the Global Senior Leadership Team and reported to the CEO/Co-Founder.

David has spent over 6 years at Nokia, with the last role being that of Head of Ecosystem & Developer Experience (EDX) - Mobile Apps Monetisation. Additionally, David has over 10 years of global and Southeast Asian experience in the telecommunications industry, ranging from strategic to commercial roles at Vodafone, Orange, Sing-Tel Optus and Capgemini.

He is a Australian Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW)

Skills/Experience

  • Business Development - Mobile Apps & Games
  • Entrepreneurship/Start Ups
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Go-To-Market/Launch of Internet Services
  • Sales & Strategy
  • Mobile Services / Ecosystems expertise
  • Team management
Desmond Wong CEO The Gentlebros

Desmond Wong is the CEO, artist and designer and The Gentlebros. 

Jamie Wotton Creative Marketing Manager Exient

Working on The Next Great American Novel as a British citizen takes time, so it’s a good thing that effective storytelling is integral to being a creative and content marketing specialist; whether working as strategic project manager and data-driven marketer or on the flipside, as a content generator and scrappy-yet-eternally-lovable brand champion.

As a hands-on Digital Marketer, I have experience throughout the marketing mix, working closely with stakeholders and directors to direct and fulfill marketing campaigns to audiences worldwide across both b2b and b2c channel; including product launches, user acquisition, press relations, brand positioning, growth tracking, creative design, market research, re-engagement sprints, web and social management and event management.

Michael Hudson CEO GameBake
Michael Silberberg Vice President of Global Partnerships Admix

A dynamic leader in partnership, commercialization, incentives and sales leadership, enterprise technology, and start up incubation. In addition to his more than a decade at Google where he leads Google's largest relationship globally, he has played a pivotal role in the launch of 3 startups, is on the advisory board of two hardware companies, and is a Board member of the Chosen Family Law Center.

Over the course of his career he has found a new use for an existing technology that has lead to 9 figures in increment revenue, launched a nutraceutical brand, lead competitive reviews and strategy leading to a major market share shift, negotiated and executed more than 400 partnership contracts all around the world, lead a close team of strong ICs as well as a global virtual team in the hundreds, and kept his calm while doing it.

Mikael Leinonen CEO MyGamez

Mikael is native of Finland and has been working and doing business in China since 2004. He started his China career with Finpro, Finland Trade Center, assisting Finnish ICT companies in China market. In 2008 he founded his first company, Posse Ltd, which has since provided numerous leading European handset and mobile VAS related companies with market entry, business development, and sales representative services.

Tony Pearce Co-founder Reality+

I’ve worked in the technology sector forever! Starting back in the early days of video gaming, then mobile apps and more recently co-founding Reality Gaming Group which creates games that utilise blockchain technology. These games allow players to actually own the in-game items they buy, you can trade or sell them to friends or use them in other games. This is only possible due to the blockchain and will be a 'game-changer' for players and game developers creating a new $100bn 'collectibles' market.

I am an entrepreneur and investor and have been involved in many start ups. I have been raised over $15m in VC funding, launched two (over subscribed) crowdfunding campaigns and closed a successful ICO (Initial Coin Offering). I co-founded Reality Gaming Group in 2017, and continue to run TeePee Games, which launched the award-winning social network for gamers called GamesGRABR. The company now offers a complete SaaS business allowing brands, retailers and publishers the ability to launch their own social networks, connecting them directly to their customers.

Previously I co-founded Player X a mobile games publisher and distributor which I successfully sold to Spanish mobile content company Zed in 2009.

Prior to Player X I joined Digital Bridges (now I-Play) and was instrumental in launching mobile phone games into the operators and carriers around the world - way before App stores were even invented!

In 2009 I co-founded an executive networking event called the Centurions which is aimed at the digital entertainment industry and we now hold events all over the world, past events have been in London, Istanbul, Munich and New York with new events planned for Singapore and Australia.

Trev Keane Co-founder & Head of Esports Epic Global

Masters educated, marketing, communication and esports business professional with 21 years’ experience of account management, business development, esports, gaming and marketing. Proactive leader. Occasional lecturer on digital trends and use of data with UCD, Carlow IT & UL. Start-up mentor and advisor & judge for Stadia Ventures (US venture fund for sports tech). Board member: Ireland esports, One Zero and Northern Ireland Sport Forum. Twice published author, Gaffers (2010) and Running through Walls (2012)

Indie Mavens: What trends and events will shape the mobile industry in 2021? MYSTIC MAVENS Jan 20th, 2021

Indie Mavens: What trends and events will shape the mobile industry in 2021?

"IDFA depreciation has the potential to completely alter the free-to-play market"

Cabin Yim Chief Marketing Officer FairPlay Studios
Desmond Wong CEO The Gentlebros

Desmond Wong is the CEO, artist and designer and The Gentlebros. 

Gregory Feuz Head of Live Ops Behaviour Interactive
Karah Sutton Chief Publishing Officer PikPok
Matt Purchase Developer Anchorite

Matt Purchase is the solo developer at Anchorite Games 

Rich Siegel Founder and Lead Game Designer Cleaversoft
Indie Mavens: How will Apple's App Store Small Business Program impact developers? CHANGING TIMES Dec 9th, 2020

Indie Mavens: How will Apple's App Store Small Business Program impact developers?

"Let’s be frank: neither Apple nor Valve provide enough of a service to deserve a 30 per cent cut.

Chase Bethea Composer and Sound Designer
Desmond Wong CEO The Gentlebros

Desmond Wong is the CEO, artist and designer and The Gentlebros. 

Jennifer Schneidereit Game creator and co-founder Nyamyam

Jennifer Schneidereit is the co-founder and game creator of British-based indie studio Nyamyam. 

Matt Purchase Developer Anchorite

Matt Purchase is the solo developer at Anchorite Games 

Matthew Annal MD Nitrome
Rich Siegel Founder and Lead Game Designer Cleaversoft
Ryan Cash CEO Snowman
Simon Joslin Creative Director The Voxel Agents
Theresa Duringer CEO Temple Gates Games

Theresa Duringer is the CEO of mobile board game developer Temple Gate Games. Previously, Duringer co-founded Turtle Sandbox Games. 

Indie Mavens: Is there an overall benefit to going completely remote work or does a company still need an office? REMOTE VS OFFICE Oct 28th, 2020

Indie Mavens: Is there an overall benefit to going completely remote work or does a company still need an office?

"Life is short, and the distractions are piling up. At what point do you need to majorly change your lifestyle to fit with an internet-enabled world?"

Andrea Roberts Co-Founder, Games Designer and Artist Wonderbelly Games
Ben Murch Co-Founder Perchang
Cabin Yim Chief Marketing Officer FairPlay Studios
Chase Bethea Composer and Sound Designer
Dan Anahory Co-founder and Head of Business Development Real Media Now Ltd
Dan Vader Game Director Capybara Games

Dan Vader is the game director at Capybara Games and was the lead on Apple Arcade exclusive Grindstone. 

Desmond Wong CEO The Gentlebros

Desmond Wong is the CEO, artist and designer and The Gentlebros. 

Marie-Eve Boisvert Vice-President of Communcations Behaviour Interactive
Matt Purchase Developer Anchorite

Matt Purchase is the solo developer at Anchorite Games 

Matthew Annal MD Nitrome
Rich Siegel Founder and Lead Game Designer Cleaversoft
Theresa Duringer CEO Temple Gates Games

Theresa Duringer is the CEO of mobile board game developer Temple Gate Games. Previously, Duringer co-founded Turtle Sandbox Games. 

Zoe Hobson CEO and Managing Director Runaway
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