Eric Seufert, Lightneer, King, NetEase, Amazon, 6waves and more unveiled as PG Connects London 2017's first speakers

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Eric Seufert, Lightneer, King, NetEase, Amazon, 6waves and more unveiled as PG Connects London 2017's first speakers

And so it begins. Pocket Gamer Connects London 2017 (January 16th-17th) will be our fourth time in the UK capital and, as ever, our biggest PGC conference of the year.

Expect more than 50 nationalities, 500+ companies, 1,600+ delegates, 3,600+ meetings, countless networking opportunities, multiple fringe events, and even a whole new sister conference in the form of 'VR Connects' (more on this soon but a sneak peek there, for you).

We'll start talking content soon - you can get the quick lowdown below - but for now we're proud to unveil our first batch of speakers. In alphabetical order, by company, so there are no arguments:

  • Arthur Chow, 6waves
  • Shum Singh, Agnitio Capital
  • Mike Hines, Amazon
  • Shintaro Kanaoya, Chorus Worldwide
  • Crespo Sun, Game Moon
  • Nick Hatter, Giftgaming
  • Eric Seufert, Heracles
  • Bob Heubel, Immersion
  • Shelley LK, IPC Ventures
  • Sabrina Carmona, King
  • Lauri Järvilehto, Lightneer
  • Aurora Klaeboe Berg, Megacool
  • Michael Peiffert, Mi-Clos
  • Saad Choudri, Miniclip
  • Tom Van Dam, NetEase
  • Matt Annal, Nitrome
  • Bill Grosso, Scientific Revenue
  • Jeffrey Hilbert, Starting Point
  • Martine Spaans, Tamalaki
  • Keith Stuart, The Guardian
  • Harry Holmwood, The Secret Police
  • Shai Sasson, Woobi

These fine minds will join another 130 names to deliver an unmissable set of track sessions and contribute to what is now Europe's largest mobile games industry event.

Right now, you can join them at Early Bird prices and if you only plan on making it to one PGC next year, make it this one.

If you'd rather join them on stage, know that speaker submissions are open.

PGC London 2017 at-a-glance

Those conference tracks (we'll finesse this a touch as we go along, of course):

  • Indie Futures – A full-day track for indie developers and how they can survive and thrive in the modern mobile ecosystem
  • Monetise, Retain, Acquire – The latest tips, trends and techniques in UA and monetisation
  • Mobile Games University – Carefully curated curriculum very much focused on practical advice on how to succeed as a mobile games developer
  • Global Mobile Gaming – Exploring the hottest regions, biggest trends and best opportunities for mobile games publishers today including the latest from Asia
  • InduTrends – Whether eSports or the power of brands, this new addition to the PGC track roster will discuss the leading trends at the heart of the mobile games industry
  • Show Me the Money – Exploring the different sources and approaches of raising funds, from angels and publisher partnerships to government funding and VCs
  • Brilliant Britain – A deserved segment celebrating the best of the UK games development industry

And here is everything else:

  • Pitch & Match – Free business matching meeting system for all attendees
  • Very Big Indie Pitch – Indie developers pitch the media and selected experts for prizes and feedback on their upcoming games
  • 20/20 SpeedMatch – 20 publishers, 20 developers, 2 hours, 1 room: guaranteed meetings for all selected participants
  • Expo Area – Discover games, technologies, services and more
  • PGC App – Free app to get updates and connect with other delegates on-the-fly
  • I Love Indie Showcase – Up-and-coming indies show off their games in the dedicated expo area
  • PechaKucha Sessions – Get a talented industry speaker talking about a topic of their choice but restrict them to 20 slides in a little under 7 minutes…
  • VR Connects – NEW FOR 2017 – A brand new, fully contained, fully functioning sister-event entirely dedicated to all things virtual reality (mobile and beyond)
  • VR Indie Pitch – NEW FOR 2017 – As part of VR Connects comes the VR-centric version of the Big Indie Pitch competition
  • PG Party – Let your hair down, get your dancing shoes on and your business cards out in our relaxed, always-popular after-hours event


With three boys under the age of 12, former Edge editor Joao has given up his dream of making it to F1 and instead spends his weekends transforming his living room floor into a venue for hosting increasingly complex Scalextric tracks. When in work mode, he looks after the production (aka the behind-the-scenes magic) of Steel Media's series of conferences.