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Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle starts strong with over 630 games delegates

Grand debut for the event at the Grand Hyatt
Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle starts strong with over 630 games delegates

This week saw the launch of a brand new venue for Pocket Gamer Connects and PC Connects in the capital of coffee and ground zero for grunge music that is Seattle, and what a launch it was.

Uniting some of the biggest names in global games with the local legends, our superb sponsors and an army of indies, the Grand Hyatt hotel was rocking with talks, pitches and the sounds of business being done on Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th.

Packed schedule

More than 130 speakers including luminaries such as Ed Fries, Chris Taylor, Valve, Riot Games, Jam City, NCSoft, Bandai Namco, Epic, Niantic, NBCUniversal, Roblox, NetEase and Nexon M shared their insights alongside super indies like East Side Games, SpryFox, Metamoki, Hyper Hippo and A Thinking Ape to generate over 45 hours of content on stage.

Over 10 hours of developer pitching sessions and fringe events took place including SpeedMatch, Investor Connector and two awesome Indie Pitches (winners to be announced in a separate article!) plus many hundreds of meetings.

Meanwhile, more than 50 exhibitors showed off their wares including many awesome and diverse indie titles - there were even some old school arcade games on show courtesy of FlowPlay’s chill-out area.

Serious business was done at the show thanks to the many hundreds of Pitch & Match meetings that ran through our system and filled the dedicated hall.

Sadly however we didn't keep track of the scores from the numerous games of table tennis that took place between drinks, snacks and chats on our Monday night party in association with LabCave, TurboPlay and Mythical Games.

A great show

Obviously credit is due to our other superb sponsors FlowPlay, Mintegral, App Annie, Facebook Gaming, Microsoft / Azure PlayFab, Vungle, deltaDNA, Minimob, GameAnalytics, JoyPac, Genvid Technologies, Leia Inc, MobPower, ChilliConnect, Jam City and Virse.

Most of all though we want to thank all the people who came along and supported us and the incredible local Seattle community for making us welcome and feel at home.

We’ll be showcasing some of the best talk videos from the show in the coming weeks, but fortunately you won’t have to wait too long for your next Pocket Gamer Connects fix - we’ll be heading to Hong Kong in July (17th to 18th), Helsinki in October (1st to 2nd) and Jordan in November (2nd to 3rd) before PGC London 2020 (January 20th to 21st).