My N. Tran Game Designer of Storm8
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My N. Tran is a San Francisco Bay Area-based game designer who currently works for Storm8. Called “one of the brightest young stars shining in our industry today” by free-to-play game design legend Scott Foe and "maestro of monetization" by Gamesauce, My also conceived and launched the24bit.com, a site which celebrates the game developer lifestyle.
My N. Tran
Game Designer, Storm8
Mohamed Fadl Head of Global eSports of Wargaming.net
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Head of Global eSports, Wargaming.net
Jim Veevaert VP Product Management of IGT
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VP Product Management, IGT
Elad Kushnir VP Business Development of Playtika
Elad Kushnir is the vice president of business development at Playtika. With titles like Slotomania, Bingo Blitz, Caesars Casino, House of Fun and WSOP poker, Playtika prides itself on delivering premium games to over 6m daily active users and over 20m monthly active users. As VP of business development, Elad is in charge of all M&A activity, heading up strategic partnerships, as well as spearheading regional growth opportunities in untapped markets. Prior to his role at Playtika, Elad was the co-founder of multiple startups including the mobile marketing automation SAAS Appoxee which was sold to TeraData (TDC: NYSE)
VP Business Development, Playtika
Shanti Bergel SVP of Business & Corporate Development of GREE
Mr. Shanti Bergel serves as Senior Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at GREE where he leads investments, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. Leveraging over 20 years of industry experience, he is recognized as an expert on freemium monetization and digital distribution. Prior to joining GREE, Mr. Bergel oversaw publishing, international, and corporate development at social game developer Playfish. Before Playfish, he served as Vice President of Business Development at Three Rings, an early pioneer in the free-to-play space. At Electronic Arts, Mr. Bergel drove game development for two of the industry’s largest franchises - FIFA and The Sims - across a variety of platforms including console, PC, mobile, and online. He is an active angel investor and reformed ultimate frisbee player.
SVP of Business & Corporate Development, GREE
Michael Chang SVP Corporate Development of NCSoft West
Michael Chang is SVP Corporate Development for NCSoft West, heading up investment and acquisition activity for the company. Michael currently represents NCSOFT on the board of This Game Studio in Vancouver. Michael previously led Electronic Arts' acquisition / investment activity in F2P mobile and PC gaming, including the acquisitions of Bight Games (developer of The Simpsons: Tapped Out - EA's most profitable F2P mobile game to date), KlickNation (developers of Heroes of Dragon Age), and ESN (developers of the Battlelog for Battlefield). Prior to EA, Michael worked in the venture capital and private equity industries. He began his career in investment banking at Jefferies Broadview. Michael is also an angel investor / advisor to several private companies in mobile gaming, including Chobolabs, Revenue Sciences, Survios, Pixelberry Studios, Omniata and Playnomics (acquired by Unity Technologies).
SVP Corporate Development, NCSoft West
Velo Capital Partners LLP
Evan Hoff Director of Velo Capital Partners LLP
Evan qualifies as a chartered accountant with a career in the gaming industry, predominantly among technology and startups. The initial part of his career was at Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in audit and corporate finance. Later he was both founder and/or CEO of a series of ventures focused on various segments of the online gaming sector, including founder and CEO of a gaming investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market. More recently Evan set up Velo Partners as an investor in and advisor to gaming businesses. Evan is a regular contributor to industry events and was a speaker at Casual Connect 2014.
Director, Velo Capital Partners LLP
Sean Lee Chief Strategy Officer of Wargaming
Sean Lee is the chief strategy officer at Wargaming, a leading global online game developer and publisher, where he has been since the beginning of 2013. He manages the key strategic initiatives of Wargaming including strategic planning, investments, M&A, strategic partnerships, key market expansion, etc. Prior to Wargaming, Sean was the director of business development at Tencent’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and helped cover global business and investment opportunities across broader technology, with a focus on internet and gaming. His early career was in the finance industry, starting off as an analyst for Salomon Brothers. Sean graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he was an avid snowboarder and golfer, and Phillips Academy of Andover, MA, where he rowed countless hours at the Merrimack River.
Chief Strategy Officer, Wargaming
Chris Mead Partnerships Director, EMEA of Twitch
Chris Mead is Twitch's director of partnerships for EMEA, where he works with broadcasting partners from individuals to developers, publishers and organizations. Chris has a background in digital advertising and eSports, having competed professionally in Call of Duty tournaments between 2008-2012. Prior to joining Twitch he worked for a digital agency in London, acquired an M.A. in New Media from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Utrecht.
Partnerships Director, EMEA, Twitch
Andrew Paradise CEO & Founder of Skillz
Andrew Paradise is the CEO and founder of Skillz, the first company in the world to enable eSports in mobile games. Andrew is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record. Prior to Skillz, Andrew founded AisleBuyer, which was sold to Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) in April 2012 as well as Photrade which was sold in 2009 to MPA Inc. He has also worked in venture capital and private equity investing for Fort Washington Capital Partners and The Watermill Group. Andrew learned to program at age 7 by hacking a video game with a hex editor and later wrote his first game in Pascal. Andrew founded Skillz because he believes in making mobile games more fun for players while making game creation more lucrative for developers.
CEO & Founder, Skillz
Arne Peters Vice President, Strategic Relations of ESL Technology
Arne Peters has been working in the games and technology industry for most of his life, serving in management positions at companies like Intel, cdv, Atari and Nintendo. Starting on the game development and producing side, he later moved into publishing and business development. At Intel Corporation he was responsible for the games and content strategy for the EMEA region, working with studios and publishers on developing games for the latest PC technologies and growing the PC ecosystem. Prior to joining ESL (Turtle Entertainment), Arne Peters was managing director at 505 Games and responsible for the German and Eastern European region.
Vice President, Strategic Relations, ESL Technology
Fox Digital Entertainment
Devin Radford VP of Mobile of Fox Digital Entertainment
Devin Radford currently serves as vice president of mobile for Fox Digital Entertainment, a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He focuses on licensing Fox film and television IP to best-of-breed game developers for smartphone and tablet platforms. While at Fox, Devin has built a slate of current and upcoming games for properties such as Avatar, Family Guy, Ice Age, Glee, Futurama, The Maze Runner, The Book of Life and more. Fox Digital Entertainment has brought over 50 apps to market, producing top grossing, award-winning games such as The Simpsons Tapped Out, Angry Birds Rio, Ice Age Village, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, The Book of Life: Sugar Smash and many more. Prior to Fox, Devin held business development roles at various mobile technology startups such as Amobee and Mojiva focusing primarily on monetization and UA for game developers and mobile media publishers.
VP of Mobile, Fox Digital Entertainment
Wilhelm Taht Head of External Products of Rovio
Wilhelm Taht is an experienced business executive within online, mobile and social media. He has worked in the games industry for over 10 years and is currently leading Rovio’s publishing and development of externally developed games. Wilhelm also advises several startups in the games, media and music spaces. You can find Wilhelm on Twitter: @wilhelm_taht
Head of External Products, Rovio
Matt Handrahan European Deputy Editor of Gamesindustry.biz
Matthew Handrahan started in games journalism a decade ago, reporting on the numerous changes and disruptions that have swept through the industry since then. Formerly the features editor for the award-winning gamesTM magazine, Matthew is now an integral part of the editorial team for Gamesindustry.biz, the leading developer-focused outlet in the games press. In any downtime from reporting on gaming’s movers and shakers, Matthew waits impatiently for a sequel to Red Dead Redemption.
European Deputy Editor, Gamesindustry.biz
Evolution Media Capital
Marco DeMiroz Managing Director of Evolution Media Capital
Mr. DeMiroz is an executive at Evolution Media Capital (EMC), an investment and advisory firm affiliated with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and currently serves on the board of EMP portfolio company, adaptive.io. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. DeMiroz was president and CEO of PlayFirst Inc., a leading mobile game developer. Mr. DeMiroz has over 20 years of experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments including EIR at Partech International, CEO of Racktivity, investor at Trinity Ventures and managing director at Selby Ventures. Mr. DeMiroz has worked at leading technology companies including Oracle, Sun, Silicon Graphics and General Magic, and his executive roles have encompassed CEO, president, CFO, SVP business development and VP operations.
Managing Director, Evolution Media Capital
Gary Huang International BD Director of Netease
Gary Huang is the International BD Director at NetEase Games, in charge of sourcing mobile titles to China and introducing our self-developed mobile games to foreign markets. NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading internet technology company in China. NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular mobile games, online games, e-mail services, advertising services, mobile applications, and web portals. NetEase Games is partnered with Blizzard Entertainment as their sole publisher in China.
International BD Director, Netease
Teemu Huuhtanen CEO of Next Games
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CEO, Next Games
Michael Metzger SVP of Houlihan Lokey
Michael is a senior vice president at Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank, and provides M&A and financing services to media and technology companies. Previously, Michael was a principal at MESA Global, co-founder and principal at Covert & Co. and a vice president at New Century Capital Partners. He advised Yahoo’s Mobile Marketing and Advertising group and held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed. He holds 5 patents in the field of Communications and also serves as vice-chair and board director of the German American Business Association (GABA) in Southern California. Michael received an MSEE from the University of Ulm, Germany and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
SVP, Houlihan Lokey
Derrick Morton CEO of FlowPlay
A 20-year veteran of the casual gaming industry, Derrick Morton has led the development of over 200 digital entertainment projects during his career. Before founding FlowPlay in 2006, he served as a key executive at several top online game companies, including iWin, Uproar, Virtual Vegas, GameHouse and most recently RealNetworks. FlowPlay is the developer behind the social casino MMO, Vegas World (VegasWorld.com) which has acquired more than 2 million registered users and 600 million active users since launching in 2013.
Andrew Sheppard Chief Operating Officer of GREE International
Andrew Sheppard is the COO of GREE International, Inc. Prior to joining GREE, Sheppard spent several years working at Kabam where he helped build and scale the company's reputation and global revenue footprint by way of some of the mobile game industry's most successful free-to-play games. His earlier experience includes playing a lead role in hi5 Networks' move from social network to social game distribution platform, helping launch the publishing business at Outspark and pioneering online and free-to-play strategy at Electronic Arts.
Chief Operating Officer, GREE International
Tom van Dam Head of Mobile Business Development. of Netease
Tom is an energetic Dutchman living in China since 2009 and loves to combine Western and Eastern ways of doing things. Currently working to expand NetEase's international capabilities, Tom is looking for great up-and-coming game developers for investment partnerships. With 5 years of first-hand experience of how Chinese companies operate on the inside, he understands the challenges for Western companies doing business with China and more importantly, how to overcome those challenges and create successful partnerships.
Tom van Dam
Head of Mobile Business Development., Netease
Wouter Sleijffers CEO of Fnatic
Fnatic is one of the world's largest and most successful eSports organizations. Wouter joined Fnatic in 2015 and is taking the Fnatic brand to the next level with his vast leadership and marketing experience. In his previous position, Wouter played a crucial part in the success of Skrill (former Moneybookers) as the VP marketing and now is making great strides in the ever-growing eSports scene.
Guy Bendov CEO of Side-Kick Games
Guy Bendov is a co-founder and the CEO of Side-Kick Games, a developer and publisher of cutting edge games. Since 2010 Side-Kick worked with Square ENIX, DeNA, Intel, Disney, Oculus, Rovio, Samsung and other leading entertainment companies, providing them with cutting edge games for mobile, VR and motion platforms. Guy is an interactive entertainment serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. Prior to Side-kick, Guy founded Double Fusion, a leader in the in-game advertising space, Cellular Magic and Click! Online, a casual games studio. In 2007, Guy founded GameIS, the Israeli games association.
CEO, Side-Kick Games
Andres Bou CEO & Founder of Social Point
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CEO & Founder, Social Point
Daniel Cohen General Partner of Carmel Ventures
Daniel Cohen is a general partner at Carmel Ventures, specializing in consumer internet and digital media. He currently serves on the board of Tapingo, Lucky Fish, Playbuzz, Yeloha, Splacer, and Lightricks. Daniel joined Carmel Ventures in April 2013 after 11 years at Gemini Israel Ventures. At Gemini he invested in various companies including Adap.tv (Sold to AOL for $450M), Outbrain, Watchdox (Sold to Blackberry), and Eyeview. Daniel began his career as a developer and product manager in a few Israeli high-tech companies, including Commtouch and Scitex.
General Partner, Carmel Ventures
Vladimir Funtikov CEO of Creative Mobile
Vladimir Funtikov is the CEO and co-founder of Creative Mobile, where he is dividing his time between business development and design of key products. Vladimir has been involved in the gaming industry since the early 2000's, taking on a number of roles from freelance level design to game programming. In 2011 he co-created Drag Racing, which became one of the most downloaded Android games of all time. In his role as CEO and co-founder of CM Vladimir has helped the Estonia-based startup become a capable publisher with over 200 million installs across its portfolio of 1st and 3rd-party titles.
CEO, Creative Mobile
Ali Moiz CEO of Vulcun
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Tommy Palm Co-Founder, CEO and VR Guru of Resolution Games
Tommy Palm is co-founder, CEO and resident “VR Guru” at Resolution Games, where he works in the forefront to man the helm of the company’s voyage into creating original IP for VR gameplay that will forever change the way mainstream consumers engage in VR. Most recently Palm was the spokesperson and Games Guru of Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital Entertainment where he helped lead the company to its IPO at a $6B valuation. Prior to that, the company he founded, Fabrication Games, was acquired by King Digital Entertainment in 2012 to provide the platform ultimately used to help the wildly successful company transition to mobile.
Co-Founder, CEO and VR Guru, Resolution Games
Anatoly Ropotov CEO of Game Insight
Anatoly is CEO of Game Insight, a leading global game company that makes free-to-play mobile and social games with a combined audience of over 250 million players. He's been making games for more than 15 years and has over 100 products to his credit.
CEO, Game Insight
Dieter Schoeller Founder of Headup Games
After graduating from law school, Dieter Schoeller worked for several gaming and media companies such as Ubisoft, Koch Media and the Bertelsmann group before founding Headup Games in 2009, an independent games publisher located in Germany. His company has been awarded as Best German Publisher in 2012 and 2013 by the German Developers Association. Since the foundation, Headup Games has published over 100 games, including many projects from highly talented developers that are known for their potential and creativity. The company’s portfolio features high-quality games such as Super Meat Boy, The Inner World, The Binding of Isaac, Terraria, Limbo, The Basement Collection, Grotesque Tactics, Q.U.B.E., Frozen Synapse and many more as well as the million sellers #1 iOS Hits The Inner World, Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Playground. More information can be found at www.headupgames.com
Founder, Headup Games
Shum Singh Managing Director & Founder of Agnitio Capital
Shum founded Agnitio Capital, a games focused investment bank, in 2003, and is an investor and non-executive director of SocialSpiel Entertainment GmbH and Fragment Productions Oy. Shum is also an early stage investor in Hutch Games Limited and Gunjin Games Limited. Shum is incredibly passionate about the games industry and has spoken at various games conferences including Pocket Gamer (London & Helsinki), Casual Connect Europe, Mobile Games Forum, Quo Vadis, Develop UK, Nordic Game Conference, and G-Star in Busan, Korea. Prior to establishing Agnitio Capital, Shum was employed in the venture capital division of Durlacher plc, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing Durlacher's mobile entertainment and consumer internet investments. Prior to Durlacher, Shum worked for the Investment Banking division of CIBC Oppenheimer in New York in the Technology group where he executed a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, public equity offerings and strategic advisory transactions.
Managing Director & Founder, Agnitio Capital
Jung Suh VP Global Publishing of Yodo1 Games
A game industry veteran since 1995, Jung held product management and Sr. production roles at industry leaders Activision, Walt Disney, and Electronic Arts. He subsequently co-founded game rental company GameFly, where he was VP of content, and was most recently co-founder and CEO of mobile game developer Red Rocket Games (a Yodo1 studio partner based in Shanghai), leading development on three titles which became top 100 iOS hits. He now manages global publishing for Yodo1 with hit titles such as Crossy Road and Ski Safari as part of its game portfolio. Previous to working in games, he was an agent trainee in Digital Media at CAA, Hollywood’s leading talent agency.
VP Global Publishing, Yodo1 Games
Jami Laes Co-Founder & CEO of Futureplay Games
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Co-Founder & CEO, Futureplay Games
Tsahi Liberman CTO of HappyGames
Tsahi Liberman is a veteran game developer and designer, specializing in educational games for children. Tsahi has over 10 years of experience working with the top TV channels for children in Israel and abroad, such as Sesame Street, BBC, Hop! Channel, BabyFirstTV, and game companies in Israel such as TabTale, BrainPop and Compedia. Today he is in charge of content for GameIS conferences, and head of international relations with game studios abroad. Additionally, Tsahi is running the tech operations of HappyGames, a new startup that turns the screen-time battle into collaboration, while helping game developers to monetize better.
Henry Lowenfels Vice President of Business Development of Scopely
Henry is the VP of business development at Scopely, a mobile games publisher based in Los Angeles. He spearheads partnerships with developers and IP holders to create free-to-play games such as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival and Yahtzee with Buddies, with six consecutive #1 free apps published during his tenure. A graduate of Harvard University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, Henry began his career producing independent feature films (Rock the Bells, Visioneers) as well as branded digital content with companies such as Xbox and Gatorade. He also headed story development at Unique Features, a Warner Bros-based production company, and lead business development at X-UP, a commercial production company with multiple Fortune 500 clients. Henry lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. When he's not gaming, he enjoys following the NY Yankees and long-distance running.
Vice President of Business Development, Scopely
Sergey Babaev Head of Business Development of Nekki
Sergey Babaev is a business development head of Nekki and an editor of “Game Market” on Siliconrus.com. Before that, he was an art director and general producer of GD-Team and worked on such projects as client action Metal War Online and the browser shooter of Steel Wars among other things. In his spare time, Sergey becomes a journalist and writes about the industry for various media outlets.
Head of Business Development, Nekki
Alex Nichiporchik CEO of tinyBuild
Alex Nichiporchik is an ex pro-gamer with experience working as a game producer and marketing guy. 4 years ago he founded tinyBuild which is working on indie eSports titles such as the runaway hit SpeedRunners.
Jaana Nykanen Producer of Divine Robot
Jaana Nykänen is a producer for Divine Robot in Sweden. She has taken part in developing the casual game Blobster, which was published by Chillingo and reached 3rd place in the US App Store, as well as designing and producing the CotBot games, a series of mobile games aimed at 3- to 6-year-old children.
Producer, Divine Robot
Peter Warman CEO of Newzoo
Peter Warman is CEO and co-founder of Newzoo, the games market research and consulting firm, servicing clients across all game business models and continents, such as Valve, Microsoft, EA, Wizards of the Coast, Nvidia, Plantronics and Changyou. After being responsible for sales and business development at Europe’s largest interactive agency (LBi), he was responsible for internet development at Reed Business and operated as commercial director for a MMO for kids. Peter is a frequent speaker on the business aspects of the games industry. Peter enjoys opera as well as good German techno.
Mark Backler Creative Director of Fourth State
Mark has worked in the games industry for 10 years at companies like EA, Kuju, Marmalade and Lionhead Studios on titles including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Milo and Kate and the BAFTA award-winning Fable 2. With various different teams he has won the King, Space Ape and Stugan game jams and has been featured in the Develop 30 Under 30.
Creative Director, Fourth State
Kim Sloth Bengtsen CEO of Lotto24
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Kim Sloth Bengtsen is the young and driven chief executive officer, leader and strategist for Lotto24. He works at an expert level with business communication, operational management, business strategy, web development, etc. As a long-term employee at several gaming/gambling companies, he has acquired a general understanding of how to execute and sustain great business.
Kim Sloth Bengtsen
Daniel Bernstein Vice President of Corum Group
Daniel Bernstein has worked in a number of roles over a 20-year career in high technology, most recently as the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games Corporation, a leading casual games publisher and developer. Having sold Sandlot Games to Digital Chocolate in 2011, Daniel started a games studio and a consulting practice where he advises larger companies such as RealNetworks and other high growth businesses on product development, strategic initiatives, and M&A opportunities. Prior to Sandlot Games, Daniel Bernstein held director level positions in companies such as Wild Tangent and Monolith. Daniel holds a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Music Composition from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Corum Group
Melissa Blau Director of iGaming Capital
Melissa Blau has been in the internet gaming sector for over 10 years as both an operator and advisor. She is currently the founder and director of iGaming Capital, a leading iGaming consulting and advisory company. Clients include regulators, casino operators, and suppliers. Prior to gaming, Melissa co-managed a $450m MediaTech Venture Capital Fund.
Director, iGaming Capital
Daniel Burns Owner of Carbon Group
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Owner, Carbon Group
Hussein Chahine CEO and Founder of Yazino
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CEO and Founder, Yazino
Akamon Entertainment Limited
Alex Cohen CPO of Akamon Entertainment Limited
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CPO, Akamon Entertainment Limited
Sander Cramer Creative Director of Banana Apps
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Creative Director, Banana Apps
Jason Della Rocca Co-Founder & Indie Evangelist of Execution Labs
Jason Della Rocca is the co-founder of Execution Labs, a first-of-its kind accelerator and investment platform for independent game developers. Formerly, Jason was a game industry consultant focused on business and cluster development, working with game studios and organizations all over the world. Prior, he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for nearly nine years, and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference. In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine's “Power 50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide. He also serves on various advisory boards and volunteer roles, such as co-chairing IGDA-Montreal, as an advisor to the ICT Practice of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and serving on the research management committee of the GRAND Network Center of Excellence.
Jason Della Rocca
Co-Founder & Indie Evangelist, Execution Labs
John Gaudiosi Video Game Reporter of Fortune
John Gaudiosi has spent the past 25 years covering the $100 billion video game industry for international print, online and television outlets like Fortune, Yahoo!, Maxim, CraveOnline, DigitalTrends.com and AListDaily.com for millions of readers. In addition to writing he also films on-camera interviews with game developers, celebrities, eSports players, and athletes around gaming and technology. John is also co-founder of Greenlit Content LLC, which builds custom websites from scratch and also offers a full array of custom video and editorial content covering all aspects of gaming, including the burgeoning eSports industry.
Video Game Reporter, Fortune
Old Man Productions
Guy Hasson Social Gaming Consultant of Old Man Productions
Guy Hasson is a social slot consultant specializing in game popularity. Having worked for Playtech’s content unit and as Playtika’s content manager, he uses his expertise to improve retention, popularity and monetization. His articles regularly appear in Social Casino Intelligence and eGR North America.
Social Gaming Consultant, Old Man Productions
Goran Ivasic Co-Founder & Art Director of Toonia
Goran Ivašić is the co-founder of Toonia, where he is in charge of art direction, illustration and animation. He has contributed to UI and game design for some of their apps, including the wildly successful Toonia Colorbook. He graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts of Ljubljana and has worked in graphic design since 2005.
Co-Founder & Art Director, Toonia
Stan Iwan Vice President of Gamedesire Limited
Stan Iwan is the VP of Gamedesire Limited. He is a social casino and casual games developer with 10 years presence on the gaming market. Stan has been in the gaming and entertainment industry for over 16 years, starting with online music and moving on to games. Prior to Gamedesire was the Head of Entertainment Channels at Onet.pl, the biggest horizontal portal in Poland.
Vice President, Gamedesire Limited
Lauri Jarvilehto CEO of Lightneer
Lauri Järvilehto, PhD, is a learning enthusiast, serial entrepreneur and a Sherlock Holmes fan. He is the CEO and co-founder of the learning game studio Lightneer. Järvilehto is also the founder of the Academy of Philosophy in Finland (Filosofian Akatemia) and is the author of several bestselling books on learning and thinking.
Daniel Kajouie Founder of Imperus
Mr. Kajouie is the founder of IMPERUS Technologies Corp. Through Imperus, Mr. Kajouie has been responsible for the successful acquisitions of Vast Studios, Diwip Ltd and Akamon. Mr. Kajouie is frequently consulted by industry leaders, and publications on online bingo and social gaming. His work has been published by numerous internet gaming publications, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Jana Karlikova Project Manager of Stugan
Jana Karlikova is running Swedish non-profit games accelerator Stugan. She has been working with Stugan from its beginning. Before Stugan she had studied project management, data communication and linguistics. She is a long time gamer that enjoys all types of games ranging from COD to Crossy Road.
Project Manager, Stugan
Raf Keustermans Co-Founder, CEO of Plumbee
Raf is co-founder and CEO of Plumbee, a leading social casino games startup based in London. He is a social games veteran with a background in gambling. Before founding Plumbee, he worked as a strategic consultant for social and mobile game studios. Prior to that, Raf served as global marketing director for leading social game studio EA Playfish. Before Playfish, he headed up EA’s successful casual games platform Pogo.com in Europe. He also worked for advertising agencies like BBDO, Grey and Publicis and was leading the marketing teams for online gambling operator Unibet in Western Europe (2005-2008). Raf also serves on the Board of the International Social Games Coalition, an industry organization created by leading social game companies (Zynga, Playtika, IGT/DoubleDown, Playstudios, Gamesys...) to give the industry a strong and clear voice.
Co-Founder, CEO, Plumbee
Henning Kosmack CEO of MegaZebra GmbH
Henning Kosmack brings a variety of different backgrounds, from big corporate, to VC, to entrepreneur. His latest venture, MegaZebra, pioneered the social gaming/free-to-play space in Europe and is now moving its category-leading titles cross-platform. Besides games, he also co-founded a media agency and an e-commerce site.
CEO, MegaZebra GmbH
Jeff Lande Founder of Lucky VR
Jeff Lande is the founder of LuckyVR and developed the world’s first virtual reality casino for the Oculus Rift. He’s been working exclusively on creating VR casino games for the past two years. Previously, he was the founder of a daily fantasy sports website which was acquired in 2013.
Founder, Lucky VR
Darion Lowenstein Chief Marketing Officer of Gamblit Gaming
As CMO for Gamblit Gaming, Darion oversees the publishing, strategy, partnerships, marketing, licensing, PR, product launches and revenue for casual games with real money wagering for casinos and mobile devices. A 20-year gaming industry vet, Darion has produced and directed some of the biggest video games in the industry across console, mobile, and social. He's had 10 #1 mobile games and 14 Top 5 console games. He has also been interviewed on all major TV networks as well as numerous online and print outlets, and has spoken at conferences all over the world.
Chief Marketing Officer, Gamblit Gaming
Lloyd Melnick Director Social Gaming of PokerStars
Lloyd is director of social gaming at Amaya (PokerStars and Full Tilt), where he leads social and mobile free-to-play gaming initiatives. Previously, he was senior director at Zynga's social casino (including Hit It Rich! and Zynga Poker). He has been a part of the senior management team (CCO, GM and CGO) at 3 exits (Merscom/Playdom, Playdom/Disney and Spooky Cool/Zynga) the past 4 years, worth over $700 million.
Director Social Gaming, PokerStars
Oleg Pridiuk 0 of Game Insight
Oleg Pridiuk is a part of Game insight's Strategic Partnerships team, working within the industry to advance Game Insight's position as a leader in producing high-quality, hardcore 3D games. Prior to joining Game Insight, Oleg spent six years at Unity Technologies as both Mobile Specialist and Technology Evangelist where he worked globally with hundreds of game developers and publishers.
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Yuval Rechter SVP Business Development of BabyFirstMobile
Yuval Rechter is SVP business development at BabyFirst Mobile, part of the BabyFirst TV Network for babies, toddlers and their parents. Before joining BabyFirst, Yuval was VP product & growth at DealPly Tech. DealPly is a browser add-on with over 60 million users that enhances your online shopping experience by offering alternative products with cheaper prices. Prior to that, Yuval was VP business development at Milgam Cellular Parking (Pango+), where he led the mobile wallet payment platform in Israel with over 1 million active users.
SVP Business Development, BabyFirstMobile
Wendelin Reich Founder, CEO of Companion Labs
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Founder, CEO, Companion Labs
Amalie Reisvaag Proxyfox of Twitch.tv
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Yosef Safi Harb Founder of Happitech
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Yosef Safi Harb
Jamison Selby VP Games of b Spot
Jamison leads the games team at b Spot. He also founded and leads the International Game Developers Association’s Real Money Gaming SIG. In years prior, he launched Monkey King Games and served as senior producer at TimePlay Entertainment. He adapted the hit TV show Deal or No Deal into a live, pay-to-play stage show and was a key creative and producer on The Real Deal interactive show at the Venetian Las Vegas, pitting the world champions of poker against an audience of their fans.
VP Games, b Spot
David Selle VP Business Development of CashBet
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VP Business Development, CashBet
Eric Seufert VP of User Acquisition and Network Engagement of Rovio
Eric Seufert is a quantitative marketer with a specific interest in mobile advertising and portfolio optimization. Eric is currently the VP of user acquisition at Rovio, where he oversees mobile growth and the cross promotional efforts between Rovio's portfolio of titles. Prior to Rovio, Eric served in marketing and strategy roles at Wooga, Digital Chocolate and Skype. In 2014, Eric published the book Freemium Economics through Elsevier and he maintains the mobile app trade blog, Mobile Dev Memo.
VP of User Acquisition and Network Engagement, Rovio
Max Sorensen Corporate Counsel of LEGO
Max G. Sorensen has been with the LEGO Group since April 2012 and after being appointed to data privacy officer, he has worked to get the LEGO Group approved in regards to BCR and getting the LEGO Group COPPA certified. Max also works as a corporate counsel with the marketing groups. Max also has experience with private practice and has worked with marketing and IP-related matters for the last 12 years.Lately, Max has done a lot of work with digital child safety in relation to EU and American markets.
Corporate Counsel, LEGO
Crespo Sun Overseas BD Director of Game Moon
I started to working in EA China as QA tester before 10 years ago. After that, I always worked in Western game company as QA Leader and Project Manager. In 2013, I added in Game Moon as an overseas BD manager, at that time Game Moon was under Shanda Network. In last year, our company was independent.
Overseas BD Director, Game Moon
Monarc Gaming Labs
Al Thomas Co-Founder, President, CCO of Monarc Gaming Labs
Al Thomas is an accomplished, veteran casino game developer in brick and mortar casino games as well as free-to-play social/mobile slots. He has designed slot machines for over 25 years and has games inducted into the Slot Player/Casino Journal hall of fame. He is also widely credited as one of the early casino industry veterans who brought interactive and entertaining bonus games to slot machines.
Co-Founder, President, CCO, Monarc Gaming Labs
Las Vegas Whaling Company
George Zaloom CEO of Las Vegas Whaling Company
George Zaloom is the CEO of the Las Vegas Whaling Company, a Los Angeles-based technology company that develops sophisticated social gaming systems. Current projects include a new social gaming studio for APAC land-based casino. Prior to that, Zaloom co-founded and launched social casino gaming studios for Korean internet giants Nexon and NHN/Naver.
CEO, Las Vegas Whaling Company
Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Mark Sorrell Senior Product Manager of Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
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Senior Product Manager, Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Jonathan Boltax VP Business Development of TransGaming
Jonathan has immersed himself for 19+ years in the interactive television and smart TV field. At TransGaming, Jonathan is responsible for generation of new business relationships and licensing. Jonathan honed his skills while spending over a decade working for NBC and Cablevision and at Oberon Media. In 2005 Jonathan was an Emmy Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television and a recipient of the “ITV All-Star” award from itvt.
VP Business Development, TransGaming
Maxim Mai Partner Development Manager of Google Play
Maxim Mai is a partner development manager at Google Play. In his role, he helps apps & games businesses from DACH & Benelux to find success on Android and Google Play. Prior to joining the Google Play team, Maxim was a strategic partner manager at Google Ireland, where he helped online publishers grow their business. Pre-Google, Maxim worked in consulting at Stratley and was a research assistant at University College London. Maxim has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Sydney.
Partner Development Manager, Google Play
Niko Schroer Partner Development Manager of Google Play
Niko Schröer is a partner development manager at Google Play. In his role, he helps apps & games businesses from DACH & Benelux to find success on Android and Google Play. Prior to joining the Google Play team, Niko was a mobile apps specialist and a strategic partner manager (Mobile & Games) at Google UK. Before Google UK, Niko was an account manager at Google UK. Pre-Google, Niko worked for Adidas & Reebok. Niko has a BA from Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln.
Partner Development Manager, Google Play
I Teut You So
Teut Weidemann Originator of I Teut You So
Teut Weidemann is a senior online games specialist and consults companies in the free-to-play space, his largest client is Ubisoft Blue Byte. He was a part of the team who created The Settlers Online, the browser game of the year. Teut has been working in the games industry since the 1980's and has shipped over 100 titles on multiple platforms. After working for Apple Computer and Microsoft Games, he founded his own development company, Wings Simulations, in 1996. The company shipped the highly awarded Panzer Elite for Psygnosis, a former Sony company. After selling his company, Teut joined CDV as CTO where he oversaw all development. Since 2007, Teut has been working as a consultant assisting gaming companies to become successful online.
Originator, I Teut You So
Darko Andonov Video Producer of Nordeus
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Video Producer, Nordeus
Erdem Inan Director, BI & Marketing of Peak Games
Erdem Inan is currently working at Peak Games as the director of marketing & business intelligence. His three years of experience at Peak Games include global marketing campaigns of many titles both on social networks and on mobile platforms. He & his team established a connected data infrastructure of marketing & business intelligence activities at Peak Games for all the portfolio titles which allows them to take quick action during these marketing campaigns & game launches as well as to implement timely & effective CRM activities.
Director, BI & Marketing, Peak Games
Martine Spaans Business Development of FGL
Over the past 8 years Martine Spaans developed a good understanding of gamers needs in various roles at Spil Games and Ubisoft. She now has her own mobile publishing label Tamalaki.com in cooperation with FGL Mobile; helping indie developers to push their games to a diversity of app stores.
Business Development, FGL
Koh Kim Co-Head of Business Development of Mobcrush
Koh Kim is co-head of business development at Mobcrush, the first one-click, multi-platform streaming solution that allows players to livestream gameplay sessions at the touch of a button, chat with their communities in real time, and save videos for future viewing and distribution, empowering the mobile gaming community. Before Mobcrush, she was part of the Google Play Games business development team leading international market expansion, industry influencers and game startup outreach. In 2013, she started the Play business development team in Korea and helped expand Play's business in Asia. Before Play, Kim helped launch and grow multiple Google products in business development and marketing roles following a career in consulting for leading consumer packaged goods, retail and media companies.
Co-Head of Business Development, Mobcrush
Chris Natsuume Creative Director & Co-Founder of Boomzap
Christopher Natsuume has been making games since 1994, including titles on PC, console, and mobile. He is currently the creative director and co-founder of Boomzap Entertainment. Since 2005, Boomzap has developed over 40 game titles, winning multiple awards and selling tens of millions of units worldwide, making it one of the top casual game studios in the industry today. In 2015, Boomzap announced its intention to leverage this expertise to become the premier regional publisher in Southeast Asia, and is actively working towards that goal now.
Creative Director & Co-Founder, Boomzap
Americana Game Studio
Brett Seyler Founder & CEO of Americana Game Studio
Brett was an early employee at industry pioneers GarageGames and Unity Technologies who now spends most of his time working with a handful of companies that he's invested in, primarily in games and related tech. Recently, he formed San Francisco-based Americana Game Studio to create free-to-play mobile games with a dedicated focus on core players, cutting edge connected design, and unmatched production value.
Founder & CEO, Americana Game Studio
Nick Thomas Head of Gaming of Immersion Corporation
Nick is a video game industry veteran and thought leader whose career has touched over 1,000 game titles spanning all genres of gaming, with a focus on causal, mobile and social titles. With over 10 years of executive experience and a focus on developing strategic partnerships, innovating solutions, and managing teams, Nick brings a broad and deep perspective with global resources and expertise in creative leadership and technology.
Head of Gaming, Immersion Corporation
John Gargiulo SVP, Business Development and Marketing of BlueStacks
John Gargiulo has been involved in marketing and business development for 14 years. He began his career in advertising at Merkley in New York on the Mercedes and Citigroup accounts. He then joined six-time Adweek Agency of the Year, Cliff Freeman & Partners, creating TV campaigns for Snapple, Quiznos and the re-branding of TBS. As the first marketing and BD hire at BlueStacks, he has helped the company grow from 0 to 85 million users and 0 to 8-figure revenue.
SVP, Business Development and Marketing, BlueStacks
Eric Goldberg Managing Director of Crossover Technologies
Eric is a 35-year veteran of the game, mobile, consumer internet, monetization, and edtech industries, serving in capacities ranging from game designer to executive. Since 2002, Eric is or has been a board member of, advisor or consultant to AOL, Art+Craft, AT&T Wireless, Bandai Namco, BBC Worldwide, Centerscore, Digital Chocolate, Electronic Arts, FremantleMedia, Gaia Online, Goldman Sachs, GoPop, HipLogic, In-Fusio, Juice Wireless, Kingdom Scene, Lifetime, LimeLife, Meredith, Mforma, Moloon, Openwave, PaymentOne, PickTeams (fka GoCrossCampus), Pixelberry, Playdom (fka YouPlus), PlaySpan, The Reading Room, Reaxion, RocketOn, SEGA, Square Enix, StoryToys, Thumbplay, ToyTalk, Unplugged, Vindigo, Warner Music, Wireless Generation (dba Amplify) and three US venture capital firms.
Managing Director, Crossover Technologies
Mike Hines Developer Evangelist of Amazon
Mike Hines is a developer evangelist at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. Mike comes to Amazon after four startups in financial services and software (two of which are still operating) and 13 years at Microsoft. At Amazon, Mike helped launch the Kindle eInk app development project, has written mobile app test criteria, judged at hackathons, and is a blogger for Amazon Appstore. Moving forward, Mike wants to bring developer feedback back to Amazon and is on a continuing mission to find out what is and isn’t currently working in mobile app monetization.
Developer Evangelist, Amazon
Stephanie Llamas Director of Research and Consumer Insights of SuperData Research
Stephanie Llamas is director of research and consumer insights at SuperData Research, where she heads consumer insights research for all digital gaming sectors and playable media. She has almost 10 years of professional experience in digital media and games, as well as an academic background in the sociopolitical history of video games. Stephanie holds degrees from Northwestern University and New York University in Digital Art and Video Game Theory.
Director of Research and Consumer Insights, SuperData Research
Casey Rock Casino Content Manager of Casual Connect
Casey is the Casino content manager for Casual Connect. Please email Casey if you would like to speak on the Casino track at any of the four Casual Connect events. He is also a freelance writer for Gamesauce.
Casino Content Manager, Casual Connect