Will you be in London next week? If so, make sure to head over to Tower Hill to join me and tons others for the Game Monetisation Europe conference. I will be participating in a panel on how to approach multiple platforms. There are a lot of very worthwhile speakers for you to listen to (in case you’re bored by my rants, that is… . Here’s a few of them:
- Ian Livingstone (Eidos/Square Enix, Games Workshop, etc).
- Teemo Huuthanen (Rovio)
- Tommy Palm (King)
- Ed Rumley (Chillingo/EA)
- Peter Edward (PlayStation)
- Alex Bubb (Nokia)
- Oscar Clark
- Patrick O’Luanaigh (nDreams)
- David Engelberg (Halfbrick)
- and lots more…
It should be interesting and fun and, besides, London in spring is rather cool anyway!
Not next week but the week after, the world (well, a certain horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing, Google-Glass-adoring, game-controller-wielding, funky-t-shirts-wearing subset thereof) will come to the self-proclaimed world capital of hipsterdom that is Berlin to talk digital. And I will go, too.
There are tons of events to choose from, mainly everything around the German Gaming Days (“Deutsche Games-Tage”) with a couple of conferences (Quo Vadis, a.maze) some more events (the Gamefest at the German Video Game Museum should be cool) and the German Gaming Award (“Lara-Award“).
Then, of course, there is Next Berlin, one of the bigger events for new, high-tech, start-uppy things. It is packed with big names, cool start-ups, competitions and parties. If you are in this space (and you reading this blog suggests you are) and are around, come by.
Last week, it was Casual Connect Europe time again. And as is good tradition, here are my slides:
This week, I had the privilege to attend and speak at the truly fabulous Game Horizon conference in Newcastle (which is rather pretty as you will see in the picture). There was a plethora of inspiring and insightful talent that taught me a lot, including Torsten Reil (CEO, Natural Motion), Ian Livingstone (Life President Eidos and Founder of Games Workshop), David Helgason (CEO Unity), Mark Rein (Co-Founder Epic Games), Oscar Clark (Evangelist Papaya Mobile), Michael Pachter (Analyst Wedbush), Gareth Edmonson (CEO Thumbstar) and too many more to mention, all chaired by the formidable Charles Cecil (he of Broken Sword fame).
I gave a talk looking out on what we are trying to achieve for BlackBerry 10 on the gaming front, and here are the slides to it (some of which may only make sense if you actually attended…).
If you are in the North-West of England and have nothing to do or, rather, nothing really, really important to do, you may want to drop in for our latest Mobile Monday Manchester edition, which takes place tonight starting at 6pm at the BBC in the brand-spanking new MediaCityUK.
The topic of the night will be “Second Screen” and we will have people from all corners of that: speakers from the Beep itself, companies providing infrastructure and service as well as creative agencies that deliver on these screens.
More info here. To join us, please sign up here (there is only standing room left though…).
Yes, conference season is firmly upon us and, before I descend into the mayhem that tends to come with it, let me tell you where you can find me over the next couple of weeks.
This week sees London at the centre of a lot of things gaming: the Mobile Games Forum opens its doors on Wednesday in the Hilton Tower Bridge in SW1, which combines with the Social Games Forum. I will be speaking on a panel on “How to engage cross-promotion for social game discovery”.
There is also ICE in town but not the freezing variety but the big gaming (as in proper gaming for money and such) expo over at Earl’s Court, which rolls a variety of gaming-related tracks into this. I will be speaking on a panel on their mobile gaming track with the concise title “Incorporate Social and Mobile to create the Ultimate Modern Gaming Experience”.
Only a little later, on 7/8 February, we will be in Amsterdam for BlackBerry DevCon Europe. It is well worth coming to this to get a glimpse of the “new” BlackBerry and our plans there [disclosure: I work for BlackBerry]. Sign up here and hit me if you are a developer; I have a few discount codes left. I will lead a breakout session on Social Gaming with Scoreloop there.
Onwards to my old stomping grounds in Hamburg from there for the annual European edition of Casual Connect where I will deliver a talk on how BlackBerry will deliver on gaming (yes, you read that right!).
After that, there is a two week (conference) break before heading to Barcelona for the monster that is Mobile World Congress. I’ll be there all week!
Barely a weekend’s rest and the Game Developers Conference (or GDC) opens its doors at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Again, it’ll be a full week for me there.
I hope I will meet you at one of those. Sorry that Asia isn’t featuring in this tour de force this time but, hey, it’s still early in the year, huh?
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Things heat up, and not only because I am traveling South this week, more specifically to Dubai where, on Tuesday (1st), the Mindshare Media Summit 2011 will open its doors. It carries a heavy focus on marketing and media in a multi-screen world where screens and user experiences converge. The organizers have a great line-up of speakers, including:
- BBC Worldwide
- The MBC Group
- (of course) Mindshare
- The Arabian Radio Network
- and many more (including yours truly).
So if you would like to hook up in one of the most vibrant regions in the world, in one of the swankier settings and soak up some sun before the winter (if you live in the Northern hemisphere, that is), come by!