Second wave of speakers announced for Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki

The latest additions to September’s speaker roster include Ketchapp, Vlambeer, Square Enix, Nevaly and Hatch

Second wave of speakers announced for Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki

Earlier this month, we shared details of the first confirmed speakers for September’s Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki, featuring the likes of King, Unity, Epic Games, Gameloft and Shipyard Games. 

Early Bird ticket prices offering up to £400 discount are still available until the end of July, but now it’s time to reveal the new speakers that will join the 12-track conference schedule covering mobile games, PC, VR, AR, blockchain and handheld consoles on September 11th and 12th.

Play it cool

Hyper-casual is now officially a ‘thing’. Developers everywhere are picking up on the massive audience for truly pick up and play titles.

The inspirational studio that arguably kicked off the whole scene is France’s Ketchapp, which went on to be acquired by publishing megabrand, Ubisoft. We’re delighted to announce that Ketchapp’s CRO, Christian Calderon, will be speaking at our September event.

He’s joined on the hyper-casual speaker roster by Gamee’s Bozena Rezab, and Laurens Rutten, founder and CEO at Cool Games. Mintegral’s Sean Parmenter will take the audience on a tour of the latest trends in gaming, and we could not be more pleased that Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail has agreed to address the audience in Helsinki.

L-R: Christian Calderon; Bozena Rezab; Laurens Rutten; Sean Parmenter; Rami Ismail

Influential speakers

We’re always innovating and updating our conference content to reflect the changing trends and hot topics in the games industry. One of those new additions addresses the phenomenon that is influencer marketing.

There’s little doubt that you’ve heard of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite by now. These two battle royale behemoths now straddle the gaming world and have inspired many, shall we say, ‘tributes’ from other developers.

What you may not be aware of is that both games benefitted from influencer campaigns by German marketing pioneers, Nevaly. We can’t wait to hear what MD David Kim has to share with the audience at Pocket Gamer Connects this September.

We’re also looking forward to hearing the influential offering from Veera Rouvinen, marketing and community manager at Finland’s Traplight Games.

Living in the clouds

Streaming games and cloud computing is the future. Even Microsoft’s next generation of Xbox consoles is adopting the technology. But you don’t have to wait until 2020 to stream games just like movies or music.

Finland’s Hatch is already doing just that for mobile gamers in 18 countries. The subsidiary of Rovio - you know, the gang that brought Angry Birds to conquer the world - will be at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki sponsoring the Cloud Gaming track, with CEO Juhani Honkala sharing his experience and insight.

London’s Space Ape Games is sending senior product manager, Nick Mansdorf to talk about live ops. He’ll be joined on this track by Derk De Geus of Paladin Studios, and Oktagon Games’ senior game designer Pedro Rauiz Estigarribia Gestal who will chair a panel session.

L-R: David Kim; Veera Rouvinen; Juhani Honkala; Nick Mansdorf; Derk De Geus

Immerse Yourself

VR and AR have had a tough time of it since the hype of 2016 died down, but RiseAngle’s CEO Kaveh Vahdat recognises that XR is still in the early stages. No developer working in immersive media should miss his presentation on overcoming challenges to generate revenue and what the future holds for the medium.

We’ll also be making a beeline for the XR panel debate chaired by Blue Donut’s Marcus Pullen.

A sporting chance

Esports, amiright? Bigger viewing figures than some mainstream sports! Who knew? Well, these guys, to be fair.

We know a lot of developers harbour ambitions to create the next great esport, so we’ve rounded up some of the biggest names in the sector to share their secrets with you. You’ll hear from Arne Peters, CEO at; Sergi Burgos, CEO at LVP; Carlos Estiguarra, CEO at Gazeus Games; and GINX will be there too.

L-R: Oculus Rift; Kaveh Vahdat; Marcus Pullen; Arne Peters; GINX

And the names keep on coming...

  • Aalto University: Walid El Cheikh, program manager
  • Exit Games: Christoff Wegmann, CEO
  • FullXP: Nkolina Zidar
  • Grand Cru: Celine Pasula, co-founder and CFO
  • Infincapital: Pieter van der Pijl
  • MsMinotaur: Adriel Wallick
  • Netmarble: Baris Ozistek, CEO
  • Nordeus: Nikola Cavic, head of business development
  • Square Enix: Lead game designer
  • Veikkaus: Karoliina Korppoo, game producer
  • Yengage: Justin Endo, marketing manager

L-R: Baris Ozistek; Celine Pasula; Karoliina Korppoo; Nikola Cavic; Walid El Cheikh

Four further tracks

Hot from its debut in San Francisco this summer, Blockchain Gamer Connects is a new partner event for 2018. Four additional conference tracks cover everything from blockchain basics to future trends – and your ticket grants you access to both shows!

As well as featuring its own pitches for dev studios looking for investment, Blockchain Gamer Connects Helsinki is also the venue for the grand finale of the Alto Crypto Gaming Challenge powered by with a prize pool worth $150,000.

Beyond the seminars

As well as the two seminar programmes featuring a total of more than 160 world-class speakers, there will also be vibrant expo space; Big Indie Pitches with season sponsor G-STAR; a game jam; workshops; matchmaking; PechaKucha-style presentations; and a whole conference with four more tracks on blockchain gaming.

Oh, and don’t forget the notorious Global Connects party.

Brought to you by

Well, the whole Pocket Gamer Connects team, of course. But we’d also like to give a quick shoutout to our sponsors that help put the show on the road: G-STAR; deltaDNA; Epic Games;; Mintegral; Nutaku, Unity Technologies; MoPub; KamaGames; Hatch; Fingersoft; HyprMX; Libring; Ogury; Emoji Games; devtodev; Adrealm; Domraider; and Exit Games.

Book now, save money

Time is running out for your chance to save up to £400 on the price of admission. Early Bird prices mean up to 20 per cent savings, but hurry - the offer ends at midnight, Tuesday July 31st. Book now!

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