Supercell, Jam City, SYBO, Riot Games and Nerial join first wave of speakers for Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019

Supercell, Jam City, SYBO, Riot Games and Nerial join first wave of speakers for Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019

Europe’s biggest B2B expo and conference for the mobile games industry returns to the UK to kickstart a year of international events with Pocket Gamer Connects London on 21st to 22nd January 2019.

Across 21 conference tracks and three industry events - more on that later - the biggest speakers will explore the most crucial issues affecting games developers, publishers and any professional working in the sector worldwide.

The conference schedule has been painstakingly curated to offer something to all levels of experience and it is with great pleasure that we can reveal the first speakers who will appear at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019.

Left to right: Supercell; John Peterson; SYBO; Eric Seufert; Anette Staloy

Becoming a household name is no easy feat for a games studio, but that’s exactly what Supercell has accomplished.

Confirmed speakers

Becoming a household name is no easy feat for a games studio, but that’s exactly what Supercell has accomplished and we’re delighted to welcome Jaakko Harlas to the stage in London for 2019.

LA-based Jam City will be there too, with director of corporate development John Peterson speaking on behalf of the studio that is perhaps known for its work on mobile games based on the Harry Potter and Family Guy franchises.

Growing (no) pains

Since we first launched Pocket Gamer Connects in 2014, every year has shown significant growth both in terms of the show content and attendance numbers. It’s the kind of growth that some companies struggle with - especially independent game studios as they balloon from the back bedroom to the boardroom.

That’s where the seminar from Astrid Lamhauge, producer at SYBO comes in. Best known for Subway Surfers, the Copenhagen company has seen rapid growth this year and they’re willing to share the secrets of successful scaling with you.

N3twork’s Eric Seufert will also suggest ways to handle company growth - a good problem to have!

And in a similar vein, Dirtybit’s VP of business and marketing, Anette Staloy, will show you how to build a company culture based on employee feedback and what’s in it for the management.

Left to right: Mihai Pohontu; FRVR; Matthew Wiggins; Kaveh Vahdat; Mo Fadl

A new track exploring the phenomenon that is hyper-casual games development.

Innovation in games and at the show

Innovation in games often occurs on the bleeding edge of tech, says Amber Studios’ Mihai Pohontu. And it’s this edge technology that Pohontu will examine, with a brief review of blue ocean innovations currently taking place in games. This will be a useful primer for startups or new studios seeking to claim an emerging niche or carve out a new market.

One of the many innovations at Pocket Gamer Connects London for 2019 is a new track exploring the phenomenon that is hyper-casual games development and the exciting chat app gaming sector. You’ll hear from Chris Benjaminsen, founder at FRVR and Matthew Wiggins, CEO at MojiWorks as they share their experiences in the spaces.

In his seminar, Kaveh Vahdat, CEO at RiseAngle, will look at the business side of creating AR and VR games. He’ll discuss the challenges of generating revenues in the early stages of immersive media, moving from fast-growing yet limited adoption and the current status of the business to key opportunities and what future holds for XR.

Riot Games will be there too, with head of esports, Mo Fadl, and a seminar that’s sure to be on the shortlist for any developers keen to find out more about competitive gaming.

Left to right: Jon Bellamy; Fenwick & West; Robby Yung; Big Pixel Studios; Vera Rabkina

A seminar all about getting your games company funded.

Invested interests

We know that investment is a hot topic for many of our delegates, so we’re thrilled to reveal that London Venture Partners’ Jon Bellamy will deliver a seminar all about getting your games company funded. He’ll offer some insider knowledge, plus tips and tricks for getting funding, and demystify the mystical world of venture capital.

If you’re interested in investment, then you also won’t want to miss the panel session moderated by Fenwick & West corporate partner, Mark Stevens.

And the names keep on coming!

Who else is speaking at the show? We’ll reveal more names in the coming weeks, but here are some that we just couldn’t wait to share:

  • Animoca Brands: Robby Yung, CEO
  • Big Pixel Studios: David Burpitt, Co-Founder and VP
  • Gismart: Vera Rabkina, Product Manager
  • Ludium Lab: Juan José Martín, CEO
  • Nerial: François Alliot
  • Redbox Mobile: Rory Mudie, CEO
  • Snowfall: Natasha Trygg, CEO
  • Martin Korda
  • Wargaming: Sean Lee, Chief Corporate Development Officer

Left to right: Nerial;  Rory Mudie; Natasha Trygg; Martin Korda; Wargaming

Get your 20 per cent discount with our Early Bird prices and book now!

About Pocket Gamer Connects London

Part of an international series of B2B events for the games industry, Pocket Gamer Connects was first held in London in 2014 and is now the biggest exhibition and conference of its type in Europe.

The show will attract over 2,500 delegates from all around the world, including Europe, Asia and America.

Away from the show floor, the conference schedule features 12 tracks of seminars from 300 of the industry’s finest, covering mobile games, handheld consoles, and VR and AR.

PC and blockchain side events

Making a welcome return at the same dates and venue, PC Connects London brings a further five seminar tracks, while Blockchain Gamer Connects makes its UK debut with four tracks.

Your ticket will get you into all three shows and all 21 conference tracks - amazing!

Book now!

Kick off your 2019 conference season in style and join us for Pocket Gamer, Blockchain Gamer and PC Connects London at The Brewery on January 21st to 22nd.

Get your 20 per cent discount with our Early Bird prices and book now!


Steve is an award-winning editor and copywriter with 20 years’ experience specialising in consumer technology and video games. He was part of a BAFTA nominated developer studio as project manager for the UK’s first fully interactive digital TV channel. In addition to editing, Steve contributes to, and, as well as creating marketing content for a range of SMEs and agencies.


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