As modern games become more immersive, quality sound in all dimensions and forms is becoming paramount. During Casual Connect USA 2018’s audio track, composers, sound designers, audio engineers, and more will teach attendees how to make their game audio the best it can be.
Developing games is at the heart of every game studio, but understanding best practices and keeping up on the latest in game design from conception to post-launch can be daunting. Attendees of Casual Connect USA 2018’s Design & Development track, however, will become well-versed in important topics throughout the content-creation pipeline and beyond.
Kids games are a major segment of the games industry – yet they often require a balance and finesse that other games don’t. And it is almost a given that kids games must hold some educational value. At Casual Connect USA 2018, the Kids & Family track will dive deep into these issues and more so that game developers can build games that kids will play and parents will buy.
Games are fun, but at the end of the day, building games is a business. It’s not all design and development. Funding and publishing must also be taken into consideration when building or running a studio. Luckily, independent developers looking for insights on these topics will find everything they need in Casual Connect USA 2018’s Business of Games track.
At Casual Connect USA 2018, experts in social casino and real-money gaming (RMG) will be tackling major issues for both independent casino gaming developers and the casino industry as a whole. The conference’s casino track will span three days of content – including over 20 sessions from more than 40 speakers. The conference itself will include over 200 speakers and be attended by roughly 2,000 games industry professionals who work largely within the content-creation pipeline.
There’s roughly a month and a half left before Casual Connect USA 2018 comes stateside – this time taking up residency at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California. The game development conference, taking place January 16-18, is expected to host over 200 speakers, 2,000 professionals, 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and 60 Indie Prize Showcase teams.
Moore’s Law is still in full-swing since Gordon Moore first made his now-famous observation in 1965. Technology continues to change at a nearly breakneck pace – not only getting smaller and faster, but also more advanced and intricate. From artificial intelligence to high fidelity, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. In Casual Connect Kyiv’s Tech track, attendees can expect to receive numerous insights to help them keep on top of the latest technology so they can make their games the best they can be.
Over 1,000 games industry professionals are expected to turn out for Casual Connect Kyiv on October 24-26. During the conference’s Market Navigation track, they can expect to receive actionable insights from experts that will help them navigate the sometimes choppy waters in the gaming industry’s current and emerging markets.
Alexis Kennedy has a storied career in gaming, literally. He has done guest-writing gigs for such prominent studios as BioWare, Telltale, and Paradox – and as the creator of Failbetter Games, he grew a two-person startup into a studio with 16 employees and over $1.3 million a year in revenue. As part of the Industry Insights track, Alexis will open the conference at Casual Connect Kyiv with a keynote lecture on game narratives and how to better marry stories with game systems. Many other experts will join Alexis in sharing their expertise with attendees over the conference’s three days of lectures and workshops.
Casual Connect returns to Kyiv for the first time since 2013 – and it’s not coming alone. Coming with it will be representatives from industry-leading companies – such as Google, Epic, Ubisoft, Facebook, Amazon, Toca Boca, Murka, Huuuge Games and Failbetter Games – to discuss the games industry, growth and expansion, casino gaming, navigating markets and new technologies, and much more.