17 reasons why you need to be at Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco next week

From the 10 conference tracks by 100 world-class speakers to networking, pitching and the Global Connects Party

17 reasons why you need to be at Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco next week

More than 1,000 mobile gaming professionals will gather at the Bespoke venue next week on May 14th to 15th as Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco returns to the city for its fifth outing.

If you’re not one of them, here are 17 reasons you should be there. Book your ticket now! 

1) 10 conference tracks over two days

100 of the world’s leading authorities from the mobile gaming industry will fill 10 wall-to-wall conference tracks across both days, sharing their expert insight on everything from monetisation to the latest development trends. This is 10 reasons to attend on its own!

  • Monetize, Retain, Acquire: Boost your business with breaking trends and best practices
  • eSports Academy: Get the edge on the competition from the leading players in the industry
  • Influencer Insight: The marketing tool of the moment laid bare by the businesses that use it and the leading names in the sector
  • InduTrends: Explore emerging gameplay, delivery and revenue techniques that will shape the future
  • Show Me The Money: How to secure funding and investment, from successful case studies to new opportunities
  • Indie Strategies: From bootstrapping to breakout hits; how to scope projects, build teams and plan for success
  • Developer Toolkit: Become the Swiss army knife of development and explore a diverse range of tools that will benefit any studio
  • Superstar Sessions: The biggest names and brightest minds share their expert insight on the hottest topics
  • Future Visions: Find out where games are going next, from AR/VR to emerging tech that will shape the industry

See the full conference schedule for more information.

No other event puts you in touch with the entire mobile gaming industry like Pocket Gamer Connects.

2) Short, sharp seminars

As ever, the conference schedule will be packed with our trademark short, sharp seminars. With no time to waffle, our speakers get straight down to business and put their expertise and industry insight front and center.

3) Always Innovating

New conference tracks for 2018 keep our audience at the cutting edge of the industry, including influencer marketing and blockchain gaming, as well as company culture. Of course, the seminar schedule still includes classic topics such as market overviews, industry trends, and case studies.

4) New workshops

We’ve also added an all-new dedicated workshop space to help you acquire or develop industry related skills that will help grow your career or business.

5) The whole industry

No other event puts you in touch with the entire mobile gaming industry like Pocket Gamer Connects. The event is called Connects because that’s what we help you do; connect with the whole mobile games industry, from students and indie studios to the media, international investors and publishers.

6) 1,000 industry professionals

Whether you’re looking for investment or a technical partner to help deliver your project, you’ll find 1,000 industry professionals on the show floor and in the conference halls. We’ve brought them all together under one roof - the rest is up to you!

7) 400 companies

Over 400 leading companies from the mobile games industry will be represented at the show, including developers and publishers, investors, analysts, user acquisition and indies. Big names in attendance include Niantic, Netmarble, EA, King, Super Evil Megacorp, Ubisoft, Zynga and more.

Our speakers get straight down to business and put their expertise and industry insight front and center.

8) Pitch & Match

To make it as easy as pie to get in touch with those 1,000 delegates and 400 companies, our meeting scheduler is free to all delegates. So you can find that perfect contact and arrange to meet them in person.

9) SpeedMatch

Whether you’re a developer looking for help releasing your game, or an investor seeking up-and-coming talent, these sessions pair developers in rapid succession with a series of publishers and investors in a series of speed-dating style meetings.

10) IGDA Mentor Cafe

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organisation in the world serving all individuals who create games. On Monday, the IGDA Mentor Cafe will pair developers with expert mentors for one-on-one sessions delivering bursts of meaningful learning. 

11) Indie Pitches

What better way to find out what the world’s indie devs are working on in their secret bunkers than to see them go head-to-head in competition? A rare opportunity to learn from an expert panel of judges as they vote for the most original, entertaining and polished games.

12) Big Indie Zone

Want to get hands on with indie projects from all around the world? You’ll want to head for the Big Indie Zone then! It’s a glorious collective of indie devs all corralled together to make it easier for you to find inspiration, make contacts or do business.

The biggest dedicated mobile games industry conference series.

13) Bigger and better

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 - and San Francisco continues to grow year-on-year.

14) Established International Audience

More than 13,000 industry professionals have attended the Connects international conference series since 2014. Since then, the roadshow has landed in the UK, North America, Canada, Finland and India with a genuinely international client base. On average, delegates from more than 40 countries attend each event.

15) Previous delegate feedback

Not only have our previous delegates voted Connects the 'best value conference', but 97 per cent would recommend it to a colleague and 96 per cent tell us they’ll come back for more.

16) Two shows for the price of one

Launching this year alongside the main event, Blockchain Gamer Connects presents an unrivalled conference schedule of industry experts and thought leaders already blazing trails in this revolutionary new sector. Your ticket grants you access to both shows, giving you access to a further four conference tracks delivered by 40 world-class speakers. Check out the full conference schedule to find out more.

You just might bump into an important contact, make lifelong friends and find your fortune.

17) Global Connects party

And if that all sounds a bit serious, day one closes with our infamous Global Connects party. That’s where the networking goes on into the night and you just might bump into an important contact over a beer, make lifelong friends and find your fortune…

So, 17. We’d say that was a prime number of reasons you should be at Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco this Monday and Tuesday. Use code PGBIZ10 for 10 per cent off the price of your ticket and book now!

Managing Editor

Steve is an award-winning editor and copywriter with nearly 25 years’ experience specialising in consumer technology and video games. He was part of a BAFTA nominated developer studio. In addition to editing, Steve contributes to,, and, as well as creating marketing content for a range of SMEs and agencies.