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LGC 2013: GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs and Ukie’s Jo Twist join speaker line-up

Thursday, 10th October 2013 14:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs will provide the opening keynote for the 2013 London Games Conference in November. Event organizers have also announced Ukie’s CEO Jo Twist has joined the speaker line-up.

Gibbs will discuss how the evolving digital content landscape is “re-defining business strategy through deeper customer knowledge, relationships and engagement.”

Twist will provide the closing remarks during the conference, where she will discuss London and the UK’s place in the global games development and publishing market.

Other speakers and their discussions confirmed for the conference include:

  • Shahid Ahmad, SCEE – The Indie Revolution – describes how with fantastic tools, digital distribution and gaming everywhere, there has never been a better time to make a game.
  • Michael Pachter, Analyst- Wedbush Securities - Video Games, By The Numbers – Pachter will share insights and analysis on both the state of the video games market and where the opportunities are.
  • Bruce Daisley, UK director, Twitter- What gamers are talking about – Daisley will share new insights around game trends, based on terms and time of day. He will share case studies from games publishers who are getting Twitter right, and describe what best actions can grow followers and engagement, with both free and paid for activity.
  • Phil Elderfield, product manager at Vicon Motion Systems – will share how new tech Cara can enable film and games studios of any size to bring characters to life through advanced facial tracking and capture.
  • Erik Hittenhausen, director of marketing -Testronic Labs – Will discuss the vital role of quality assurance, localisation, and certification.
  • N’Gai Croal, founder and CEO of Hit Detection – The Long Con(version) – Croal will discuss the role of external feedback and consumer dialogue during the development process.
  • Simon Little, MD PEGI – will share the challenges of maintaining and communicating a games age-rating system in the digital era.
  • Ross Brockman, Google Strategic Partner Lead, Mobile & Games – Will deliver a single snapshot of all the ways the Google ecosystem touches the games market and the opportunities it presents for the games industry.
  • Jonathan Simpson-Bint, Twitch – The whole world is watching… the explosion of videogame video – Talk will discuss the rapid audience growth and user behaviours around video streaming and show what it means for both game experiences and marketing.
  • Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive – Building a community and keeping track – With its Football Manager series continuing to grow in strength, Jacobson, will share business insights around creating thriving communities and unique software piracy and usage data.
  • Charles Cecil, Revolution – Sharing great stories on Kickstarter – How the KickStarter campaign for Broken Sword – the Serpent’s Curse Adventure got 14,032 backers, almost doubling its funding target. A brilliant lesson on how to engage with your audience.
  • David Reid, CMO at CCP – Building the perpetual franchise – Icelandic developer behind Eve Online, will share the secrets of how they’ve kept the Eve Universe growing and thriving for more than ten years. CCP’s business strategy is to build communities through the creation of virtual worlds that elicit personal experiences more meaningful than real life.

The 2013 London Games Conference takes place Wednesday, November 13 from 3.15pm – 11.00pm at Ine Wimpole Street, London.

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