Casino Gaming Will Be Highlighted With 3 Days Of Insights At Casual Connect USA 2018

December 6, 2017 — by Casey Rock


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.

Industry Issues

Several speakers will provide beneficial perspectives on the industry and magnify problems and solutions the industry will need to take in order to move forward and grow. Adam Krejcik of Eiler’s & Krejcik Gaming will provide an industry overview and experts from Partis Solutions, b Spot, iGaming Capital, RSD Partners, and Flowplay will discuss what trends (blockchain, cryptocurrency, RMG legalization, sports betting, etc.) carry weight and which trends are unlikely to survive beyond the next few years.

UNLV Associate Director Daniel Sahl will discuss the growing importance of interactivity in all aspects of leisure and entertainment and what that means for casino gaming while a panel of experts led by Magid Advisors President Mike Vorhaus will discuss how to grow in a crowded social casino field. In another panel, casino gaming gurus from Zynga, GSN Games, Penn Interactive, and iGaming Capital will discuss customer acquisition and retention in a crowding casino space.

Game Design & Platforms

New content and platforms continue to be big issues for the casino industry and several speakers will dive into innovative game design and platforms. RelEX Studio Managing Director Ngozi Watts (former VP Gambling at Unity) will discuss new software to export your Unity game to HTML5 Canvas and Dreamcraft Music & Sound Composer Mike Raznick will discuss upping the fun (and retention) in games through audio. DoubleDown Interactive’s Joe Sigrist will discuss the company’s journey from being single-app to multi-app and MobilityWare’s James C. Smith will take a look at games on Facebook Messenger – one of the newest game platforms available.

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An attendee asks a casino track speaker a question during Casual Connect Kyiv 2017.

In a panel led by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming’s DJ Leary, experts will dissect and discuss successful social casino and RMG games to find commonalities that could help budding independent developers find success in their own titles. Experts from Big Fish Games, iGaming Capital, and more will discuss how casual games and casino games are blending and what the next generation of casino games will look like.

Branding & Licensing

With Casual Connect USA 2018 taking place in California, home to places like Hollywood and Disneyland, it’s hard not to talk about brands and licensing. Experts from Atari, THE 101, N3TWORK, and The Las Vegas Whaling Company will dive into brands and licensing for social casino. In a fireside chat, SIG International Group Managing Partner Bill Scigliano will go into detail on celebrity endorsements and intellectual property. Attendees will also be able to learn about franchise-building with Signia Venture Partners’ James Kosta.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Blockchain and digital currencies are still in their relative infancy – but are likely to impact the casino industry in major ways. Several experts will speak on these emerging forces during Casual Connect USA 2018. In a joint session, Dragonchain CEO Joe Roets and Dragonchain President Eileen Quenin will discuss the blurred line between investing and gambling that has come about due to blockchain and crytocurrency. Experts from Binded, ICOBox US, Dragonchain, and G-Startup Worldwide will dive into the details of blockchain while gurus from Block Bits Capital and AML BitCoin will discuss cryptocurrency in depth.

Building A Business

When it comes to day-to-day operations or building a studio from the ground up, independent casino game developers will find plenty of help and insights at Casual Connect USA 2018. In a fireside chat, Joraynee Sarno will detail how to build a world-class ad creative team. In a panel, experts from AGS Interactive, Pala Interactive, Ruby Seven Studios, and iGaming Capital will debate whether B2C companies should start heading in a B2B direction. In a solo presentation, Cleebo Games Co-Founder Pawan Sivaraman will discuss how to build and maintain online communities.

Discounts & Networking

Because Casual Connect USA 2018 is taking place at the Disneyland® Hotel in California, registered attendees can take advantage of substantial discounts on the Disneyland® Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel, and Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets. In addition to this, attendees get free exclusive access to three major networking parties and Casual Connect’s Pitch & Match meeting system.

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Attendees dance at one of Casual Connect Kyiv 2017’s networking parties.

Casino-oriented attendees will also find the following tracks useful: Emerging Tech, Licensing, United in Diversity, LiveOps Connect, Esports, Audio, and more. The conference also boasts an exhibition area with sponsors and exhibitors and a showcase area featuring 60 of the best independent developers cultivated from hundreds of Indie Prize entries. Those interested in attending Casual Connect USA 2018 can learn more about the conference on their official website.

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Wibe Wagemans and Making Games More Social | Casual Connect Video

December 1, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton


Is social casino a genre that interests you as a developer? Is this an area that will allow you to build a profitable business? If these are questions you are considering, you will need to know what makes a social casino game really social.

The Chairman of Huuuge Games, Wibe Wagemans, has the expertise and experience to help you find the answers you need. Wibe was, prior to coming to Huuuge Games, president at IndoorAtlas, SVP a Rovio and regional board member at Nokia, building brands like Angry Birds, Bing, Nokia and Gillette. This proven track record of driving results in startups includes being responsible for two dozen top ranked apps on iTunes.

At Casual Connect USA, Wibe’s session illustrated how Huuuge Games has approached the social casino genre with their emphasis on creating a real-time social experience. Their focus is on making social casino more social. Wibe considers this so important that he emphasized, “We don’t think in a few years the big players will be around without having some form of real-time multi-player platform.”

To learn more about how you can make create a more exciting social experience with your games be sure to watch this video of the full session from Casual Connect.


To read more about Wibe Wagemans’ careern and insights, see this exclusive article.

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Mark Beck on Succeeding in Today’s Social Casino Environment | Casual Connect Video

November 22, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton


Are you someone who is interested in the social casino market? If so, you have, no doubt, noticed increasing competition as this market has been maturing. There are now many choices and the players are exhibiting greater sophistication in what games interest them, both in quality of production and game complexity.

If these are factors you must consider you would probably like to consult with Mark Beck, Vice-President of Strategy at Murka. Mark has helped to scale some of the largest games in the social casino genre, including Heart of Vegas, FaFaFa and Scatter Slots. Mark’s specialties are user acquisition, finance, business development and in-game optimization, all critical areas for successful social casino games. After ten years at Aristocrat Mark moved to Murka, where he is currently working.

If you would like to know how Murka has succeeded in becoming the then tenth largest and the fastest growing social casino company in today’s environment, you need to watch this video of Mark’s presentation at Casual Connect USA 2017 in Seattle.


To see another lecture by Mark from Casual Connect Asia and learn about his career, see this exclusive article.

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Doug Pearson: Creating Truly Social Casino Games | Casual Connect Video

November 15, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton


As technology evolves and tools become outdated, such changes can leave developers in the dust and struggling to convert to mobile. Join Doug Pearson, Co-Founder and CTO of FlowPlay, for a technical discussion on how and why FlowPlay tackled these challenges firsthand by transitioning Vegas World from a Flash codebase to Haxe. Doug will also discuss the cost/benefits of making the move, lessons learned, and future cross-platform strategy. This session took place at Casual Connect USA 2017 in Seattle. See the full session below.


When Social Gaming Meets Online Gambling

July 18, 2017 — by Industry Contributions


By Ivana Crnjak of

In terms of online gaming, social gaming has been present in our lives for quite some time. Due to the popularity of social games, certain people may even have the feeling the term social gaming has been around for as long as the Internet itself. However, that’s not quite true. This article will cover the differences and similarities between social gaming and online gambling, as well as some of their advantages and disadvantages from a developer standpoint.

Angry Birds is a social game.


Casual Connect USA: A Place For Casino & Non-Casino Gaming Alike

June 21, 2017 — by Casey Rock


Computer Games Association will be hosting three days of high-profile casino-oriented content at its upcoming Casual Connect USA conference this August 1-3 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The conference has hosted tracks dedicated to online and mobile social casino and real money gaming for years – and this show will be no different, showcasing big names from various different areas in the casino industry during its casino track. However, the track will also feature content important to non-casino game developers as well – especially in regards to a new emerging market: land-based casinos.

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Anton Gauffin: Succeeding with Social Casino | Casual Connect Video

May 10, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

Anton Gauffin is CEO of Huuuge Games

Are you interested in the social casino space in the game industry? Do you want to know what it takes to succeed in this market? If so, you want to listen to Anton Gauffin, CEO of Huuuge Games.

Anton Gauffin founded his first mobile game company, Gamelion, at the beginning of the mobile games era in 2002. In 2007 he sold the company, but in 2014 had the opportunity to buy it back and didn’t hesitate for an instant. Anton renamed it Huuuge and changed focus to social casino where he knew there was a lot of room to innovate.

At Casual Connect Europe, Anton, participated in a discussion of the latest topics in the social casino industry. You won’t want to miss this insights from this CEO of the fastest growing social casino company of 2016 who claims, “We just need more players playing social casino games.” Be sure to watch the video of the session to see the interview by Adi Hanin of Playtika.

For more about Anton’s insights and career, see this article.


5 Years of Social Monopoly: The Games That Excel Online

April 20, 2017 — by Industry Contributions


By Peter Williams, Journalist

Online gaming has exploded in popularity over the last decade, thanks in no small part to improving technology and the drive to be more social online. While traditional gambling games and online casinos have long since thrived in the online environment, the advent of social gaming, particularly on social networks, has sent the market for this type of entertainment skywards.

One of the most popular games of all time, as far as traditional board games are concerned, is Monopoly. The popular Monopoly has unsurprisingly transitioned into the online sphere, and players login in their legions daily to play a variety of different Monopoly and Monopoly-themed games. Social Monopoly first hit Facebook back in 2011, and has become one of the most popular social games of its genre.