At Casual Connect events, members of the press will have an opportunity
to interview founders and CEOs of major game industry companies, cover lectures from over 100 game industry professionals,
discover the stories of the world's best indie developers before everybody else, and catch up with fellow journalists from
around the world at our high-profile Casual Connect parties.
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5 January, 2017: Indie Prize Berlin – 130 Participating Studios Announced
19 December, 2016: Schedule for Casual Connect Europe 2017 revealed
25 November, 2016: Casual Connect Europe 2017 in Berlin - First Insights
22 November, 2016: Indie Prize Berlin submissions due December 5, 2016
Next month's event will also host GREE's Andrew Sheppard, Square Enix Montreal's Patrick Naud and King VP Stephen Jarrett.
Casual Games Association (CGA) has had a busy month. Their Indie Prize scholarship program received 470 game submissions before its deadline on December 5, 2016, and they recently released their online schedule for their upcoming Casual Connect Europe conference this February in Berlin, Germany.
In addition to providing the expected high-quality content on social casino games, Casual Connect will also dive into esports – providing game developers with insights on streaming, esports game design, advice from esports teams and more.
As someone attending the conference for the first time, I marveled at its high level and the opportunity to view the latest trends in the sector, get to know Israeli and international companies in depth, and see fashionable indie games I might not have experienced before.
The Vancouver-based developer RAC7 was awarded Best Game Design and Most Innovative Game, making it the most successful of 100 finalists chosen from almost 300 entries.
Our panelists included Terence Fung, chief strategy officer at Storm8; Sean Lee, chief strategy officer at Wargaming; Vlad Ceraldi, director of development at Hothead Games; Chris Early, VP of digital publishing at Ubisoft; and Chris Olson, former COO at Sega Networks.
VR will also be a common topic on Casual Connect's agenda, with Playful Corp.'s Paul Bettner, Unity Technologies' Clive Downie and Skydance Interactive's Laralyn McWilliams all speaking on the subject, as part of both panels and in dedicated sessions.