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Casual Connect Asia to Host Major Players in Social Gaming

April 18, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Some of social gaming’s major players will be on hand at Casual Connect Asia this May to discuss success, failure, and the industry at large. Executives from PlayStudios Asia, KamaGames, Huuuge Games, Murka, and more will speak on topics ranging from social casino content to skill-based tournaments.

At a glance

The Social Gaming track takes place on Day 2 of the conference and will kick off with a fireside chat with KamaGames. Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer of KamaGames Daniel Kashti will discuss the social casino industry at large and KamaGames’ strategy within that – as well as discuss the influence of genres such as MMOs and RPGs on the social casino ecosystem and the introduction of meta-games designed to attract the mainstream gamer.

Speakers such as Murka VP of Strategy Mark Beck and Huuuge Games Chairman Wibe Wagemans will discuss innovation and user acquisition in social casino while GameDesire VP Maciej Mroz will talk about different approaches to revenue for free-to-play (F2P) games. PlayStudios Asia Managing Director John Lin will discuss the APAC social games market and whether it is worth diving into for companies.

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GiGse 2017 Looks Toward Next Generation in Casino Gaming

April 17, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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When GiGse 2017 touches down in San Diego later this April, it will be with an unflinching eye toward the future. While there will be a variety of topics discussed at the conference – virtual reality, social casino, skill-based games, esports, mobile integration, and more – all of it will focus around the next generation of casino gaming: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Casual Connect Announces Major Changes to Conference Rotation

March 17, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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The Casual Connect game development conferences are about to get even more accessible for professional developers everywhere. The conference’s parent organization, Casual Games Association (CGA), recently announced that they will begin rotating where their conferences take place in order to provide people in different regions with new opportunities to participate in the no.1 casual games development conference in the world.

“Beginning in 2017, Casual Connect will be rotating events between regional cities regularly. We are open to suggestions for which cities our attendees would like to visit. Please email us at jessica.tams@casualconnect.org if you would like your city to be considered in our rotation schedule,” said CGA Managing Director Jessica Tams.

Immediate changes

The first major change occurred with Casual Connect Europe in February – which took place in Berlin instead of Amsterdam. This August the switch-ups will continue, with Casual Connect USA taking place in Seattle instead of San Francisco before moving to Disneyland Resort in California for January 2018. Additionally, instead of a Tel Aviv event in 2017, Casual Connect will host a conference in Kyiv during October – returning to Tel Aviv in 2018.

Jessica notes that while Casual Connect events will be rotating, CGA’s commitment to moving the games industry forward and providing developers, publishers and others with indispensable insights will remain the same. “We will continue to provide thoughtful, cutting-edge coverage on mobile and next generation games, social casino gaming, design innovation, industry insights, market navigation, and more.”

Conference lineup

Here is a look at all the Casual Connect conferences lined up through 2018.

2017

Casual Connect Asia, Indie Prize Singapore
16-18 May in Singapore

Casual Connect USA, Indie Prize Seattle
1-3 August in Seattle, Washington, USA

Casual Connect Kyiv, Indie Prize Kyiv
October in Kyiv, Ukraine

2018

Casual Connect USA, Indie Prize California
16-18 January at Disneyland® Hotel, Disneyland® Resort, California

Casual Connect Europe, Indie Prize London
29-31 May in London, United Kingdom

Casual Connect Tel Aviv, Indie Prize Tel Aviv
September in Tel Aviv, Israel

Casual Connect Asia, Indie Prize Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China

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Storm In A Teacup Works to Put Italy on the Map

February 28, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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In a world full of competition and business, Storm In A Teacup subscribes to a very unique philosophy: There are no competitors or clients, only friends. This mindset has seen them through the last few years, since their founding in 2013, and guided their growth.

The studio was founded by Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi – who has worked for many major gaming companies across the world. However, despite his career success, he ultimately decided to come back to Italy to fund his own gaming company. Along with him, he brought many ideas he’d developed and seen during his time in other gaming jobs.

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Lantern is Storm In A Teacup’s latest game.

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GREE CEO to Speak on Industry Change at Casual Connect Europe

January 23, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Andrew Sheppard has had a productive career – playing key roles at companies like Kabam, hi5, Electronic Arts and Outspark. Now, as the newly appointed CEO of GREE International Entertainment, Inc., he will share his expertise and insights with the audience at Casual Connect Europe in Berlin, Germany, as its keynote speaker on February 7.

So what type of experience does Andrew bring to the conference and what can developers and other games industry professionals hope to learn? Here is a quick look back at Andrew’s career and what to look forward to at Casual Connect Europe.

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Top 5 Insights From Vungle For Ads Success

January 12, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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2016 proved to be a fruitful year for Vungle, with the company reaching new milestones this last year. They are now the trusted ad platform for more than 25,000 mobile apps and serve two billion video views monthly on over 560 million devices across the globe. The company was consistently ranked No. 1 for cross-platform user retention – surpassing even Facebook and Google with gaming apps on iOS and Android in an AppsFlyer Performance Index Report.

How did these accomplishments come about? Here is a quick look at some of the key takeaways from Vungle’s successes.

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Casual Connect Pushing Casino Envelope in Tel Aviv, Berlin

November 28, 2016 — by Casey Rock

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Casino-oriented attendees at Casual Connect Tel Aviv packed lecture hall 2 at The Charles Bronfman Auditorium earlier this month to dive into everything casino – from sweeping overviews of the social casino industry to detail-oriented lectures on building apps to ways non-casino developers can break into the casino industry.

Highlights included a social casino industry overview by industry leader Playtika’s Elad Kushnir in which he predicted casino operators will ultimately find it difficult to capitalize on social casino and will exit the market. Anatolii Henis of rising star Murka dove into how the company crafted a poker game for a younger generation. PlayStudios’ John Lin looked eastward and discussed how social casino is evolving in Asian markets.

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Plarium’s Rise to World Domination

November 19, 2016 — by Casey Rock

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Plarium started out humbly enough in 2009 on Russia’s social networks with only a poker game and a farming game to its name. Today they are the #1 hardcore game developer on Facebook and a major force on mobile that is continuing to grow quickly. How did Plarium get from one to the other? It all comes down to its content, its employees and its players – with a dash of marketing thrown in.

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