Huawei, Playtika, Plarium, JoyPac and Game Workers Unite to speak at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019

Two-day conference schedule adds more international names for this month’s event

Huawei, Playtika, Plarium, JoyPac and Game Workers Unite to speak at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019

The UK’s biggest B2B event for the games industry returns to the UK this month to kickstart a year of international events with Pocket Gamer Connects London on 21st to 22nd January 2019.

An incredible 16-track conference schedule across both days will once more feature the biggest speakers exploring the most crucial issues affecting games developers, publishers and any professional working in the sector worldwide.

We’ve already revealed speakers from CCP Games, King, Rovio Entertainment, Supercell, Tencent and Unity - you can find out more about their seminars in our previews one, two, three and four.

Today we’d like to share news of even more speakers that have joined the roster for this month’s event.

Left to right: Guy Ulmer, Michael French, Hal Bame, Craig Fletcher

Advanced device research can revolutionise your mobile game production.

Advanced research and trends

Guy Ulmer, platform technology specialist at Plarium, will show you how advanced device research can revolutionise your mobile game production. Going beyond the straightforward tools, Ulmer will share advanced methodologies and tips on how to leverage (and cross-reference) less obvious sources of information that can be of great value to any mobile studio.

London Games Festival’s head of games Michael French will walk the audience through emerging trends for the industry, and we’ll also hear from MagnaChain CEO Hal Bame and Wicked Sick’s founder Craig Fletcher.

Left to right: Alex Moukas, Kristan Rivers, Mark Currie, Jon Goldman

A five per cent increase in retention can lead to 30 to 100 per cent increase in revenue.

Loyalty, investment and advertising revenue

Wappier CEO Alex Moukas will look at how you can use loyalty programs to increase engagement and retention outside of gameplay. Explaining that it’s not only cheaper to retain an old customer than acquire a new one, but a five per cent increase in retention can lead to 30 to 100 per cent increase in revenue, Moukas will focus on specific loyalty tactics, how to set up a program without affecting the underlying gameplay and share case study results from over 30 mobile games.

In-Game Advertising Sucks. Join Kristan Rivers, AdinMo CEO and co-founder in conversation with TinyBit Studios’ Mark Currie as they discuss how they’re using dynamic in-game advertising to fix that.

Left to right: Michael Metzger, David Gardner, Eric Rapps, Sebastian Storfner

Jon Goldman, Venture Partner at Greycroft joins a panel debate about funding the next top grossing gaming companies. Chaired by Michael Metzger of Drake Star Partners, the session also features LVP’s David Gardner, and Playtika Growth’s Eric Rapps.

Braavo’s VP of business development and GM West, Sebastian Storfner, will also speak as part of the Show Me The Money track on the opening day of the show.

Left to right: Anton Soeharyo, Nour Khrais, Gaurav Agarwal, Allison Bilas

Emerging markets

As a proudly international event, we’re happy to reveal that the Emerging Markets panel session will feature Anton Soeharyo, CEO at PlayGame/Touchten Games, Nour Khrais, CEO at Maysalward, and Gamezop founder Gaurav Agarwal.

Left to right: Shintaro Kanaoya, Harry Holmwood, Heita Miyoshi, Kate Edwards

For a tighter focus on publishing In Asian markets, don’t miss the ‘How To’ discussion panel moderated by Allison Bilas, COO at JoyPac. She’ll be joined by Chorus Worldwide’s Shintaro Kanaoya, Harry Holmwood of The Secret Police, and global hardware challenger Huawei.

Heita Miyoshi, H2 Interactive Founder and CSO will also offer up comparisons of the Japanese, Korean and Chinese markets.

Left to right: Kevin Agwaze, Anette Staloy, Todd Green, Derk de Geus, Josh Nilson

How to make great games without crunch to avoid mental health problems.

Promoting mental health in the games industry

The practice of crunch in video games development had a lot of exposure in 2018, with more brave professionals speaking out about the impact it can have on mental health. In this panel debate chaired by Kate Edwards, you’ll hear how to make great games without unnecessary crunch to avoid mental health problems for your team.

Kevin Agwaze of Game Workers Unite will join Dirtbit’s Anette Staloy, King’s Todd Green, Paladin’s Derk de Geus, and Josh Nilson of East Side (VEC) to tackle this controversial issue.

Join us for Pocket Gamer, PC and Blockchain Gamer Connects London - the biggest exhibition and conference of its type in Europe.

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 16 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 for 2019, 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 25 conference tracks.

Join us!

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

Book now!

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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.


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