More than 1,200 mobile gaming professionals will gather at the Scandic Marina Congress Centre this September, as Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki returns to FInland’s capital city for the fifth year.
It’s already the country’s biggest B2B event for the games industry and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
So much so, that we’ve even had to find a new venue for 2018 to house all this gaming goodness. We are not playing about. Well, we are - that’s what we do for a living, after all - but you know what we mean.
Come and find out for yourself on September 11th and 12th. Book now and save up to $400 on your tickets.
So what are the headlines?
- 16 conference tracks
- 160 world-class speakers
- Mobile gaming, blockchain, PC, VR, AR and handheld consoles
- Networking on a grand scale with 1,200 industry delegates
- Big Indie Pitches and Big Indie Zone
- One helluva party
Of course you are! Want to find out more? You’re in the right place. Let’s rundown the top 20 reasons why you need to be at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki this September:
1) 12 conference tracks over two days
Didn’t we say 16 before? Sure we did. We’ll get to that in a bit - think of it as a reward for reading to the end.
But for now, suffice to say the Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki has 12 wall-to-wall conference tracks across both days, sharing their expert insight on everything from monetisation to the latest development trends. That’s 12 reasons to attend on its own!
2) 120 world-class speakers
That’s a whole lotta talent under one roof! The seminars will be delivered by 120 of the world’s leading authorities from the gaming industry as they share their experience, insight - and sometimes even secrets - with the audience.
We’re proud to say that we have speakers from some amazing companies lined up for Helsinki, including King, Unity, Epic Games, Gameloft, Ketchapp, Vlambeer, Shipyard Games and many more.
You’ll find a lot of love for PC, VR, AR and handheld gaming throughout the expo.
3) More than mobile
Our first love will always be mobile gaming; it's been good to us since we first got together a decade ago. But where polygamy isn’t exactly de rigueur in romance, we enjoy games across all the platforms on a daily basis - and we know that a lot of our delegates work across multiple formats too.
For that reason, you’ll find a lot of love for PC, VR, AR and handheld gaming throughout the expo area and in the Connects X conference track.
4) 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.
5) 1,200 industry professionals
Whether you’re looking for investment or a technical partner to help deliver your project, you’ll find 1,200 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!
6) 400-plus companies
Over 400 leading companies from the mobile and wider games industry will be represented at the show, including developers and publishers, investors, analysts, user acquisition and indies. 2018 sees more attendees from the esports sector and influencers.
7) Local talent
Scandinavia is a hotbed of mobile gaming innovation, boasting local talent including Rovio, King and Supercell that have gone on to become household names. They contributed to triple-digit growth for the sector year-on-year and attracted $billions of international investment from global megacorps including Microsoft, Activision and Tencent.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
Online meeting scheduler available free to all delegates.
11) Pitch & Match
This is networking on a grand scale, with more that 1,200 delegates and 400 companies in attendance; that’s a lot of prospects to mine. But it can be hard to track down whoever you want to speak to, so we make our online meeting scheduler available free to all delegates, helping you find that perfect contact and arrange to meet them in person.
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.
13) 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.
14) 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 in Europe.
15) 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 Helsinki continues to grow year-on-year.
16) 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.
17) You love us!
Well, maybe not ‘you’, but previous delegates voted Connects the 'best value conference'. What’s more, a whopping 97 per cent would recommend it to a colleague and 96 per cent tell us they’ll come back for more. And if you do happen to love us? Thank you - we love you too!
18) Some serious sponsors
Our sponsors back us because they believe in what we do. And some of them are pretty big names: G-STAR; deltaDNA; Epic Games; Alto.io; Mintegral; Nutaku, Unity Technologies; MoPub; KamaGames; Hatch; Fingersoft; HyprMX; Libring; Ogury; Emoji Games; devtodev; Adrealm; Domraider; and Exit Games.
19) Global Connects Party
Our events are famous for their after hours shindigs - and rightly so! Not only are they a chance to unwind after a long day at the show, but they’re also a chance to extend your networking after the sun has set and the conference doors have closed for the day. Just because the show’s ended business for the day, that doesn’t mean you have to!
Your ticket grants you access to both shows.
20) Two shows for the price of one
We promised to reveal those mysterious four seminar tracks if you read to the end and we like to keep our promises. Thanks for reading this far; here’s your reward…
Running side-by-side with 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, giving you access to a further four conference tracks delivered by 40 world-class speakers. You can read more about some of the confirmed speakers here.
Your ticket grants you access to both shows.
Save up to £400 on the ticket price with Early Bird discount.
Buy now, save money
And here’s the cherry on top of all that goodness - you could save up to £400 on the ticket price with our Early Bird discount. But this is a good news, bad news situation - isn’t it always? - Early Bird prices end soon. How soon? Tomorrow (July 31st).
Yep, if you want to save 20 per cent off your tickets, get them bought by midnight July 31st. Book now - your bank account will thank you for it.