Chris DeWolfe Co-Founder & CEO of SGN
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Co-Founder & CEO, SGN
Mitch Lasky General Partner of Benchmark Capital
Mitch Lasky has spent more than two decades in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business. Prior to joining Benchmark, Mitch served in roles at Electronic Arts, JAMDAT Mobile, Inc., eCompanies Wireless LLC, Activision, and Walt Disney Company. He has also started a MMO game company and practiced intellectual property law.
General Partner, Benchmark Capital
Neil Young CEO & Founder of N3TWORK
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CEO & Founder, N3TWORK
Microsoft Game Studio
Ed Fries Former Vice President of Microsoft Game Studio
Ed Fries is a former Microsoft Vice President, best known for his work as the creator of Microsoft Game Studios and a founder of the Xbox project. Notable releases from his team include the original Halo, Mechwarrior 4, Crimson Skies, Age of Empires, and more than 100 other titles. Today, Ed works as a board member and advisor to dozens of tech startups and non-profits.
Former Vice President, Microsoft Game Studio
Bob Meese Global Head of Games Business Development of Google
Bob oversees global business development for games on Google Play. His team works with mobile games developers worldwide to help them grow their businesses on Android, and works closely with product teams to influence development of key areas including payments, distribution, discovery and engagement.
Global Head of Games Business Development, Google
Super Evil Megacorp
Kristian Segerstrale COO and Executive Director of Super Evil Megacorp
Kristian Segerstrale is the COO and Executive Director at Super Evil Megacorp, the developer of Vainglory, the world’s leading touchscreen esport. Kristian is a serial entrepreneur, executive and investor in games, consumer Internet and technology companies. He is co-founder of Initial Capital and was previously EVP Digital at EA and CEO and co-founder of Playfish, which was acquired by EA for $400M in 2009. He co-founded Macrospace / Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) in 2001. In 2013, Kristian joined Super Evil Megacorp as an early investor and in June of 2014, he joined the company full time and hands on.
COO and Executive Director, Super Evil Megacorp
Chris Heatherly SVP/GM of Disney Mobile
Chris Heatherly is the SVP & GM, Disney Interactive Games. In this role, he oversees all management, operations and strategy for the digital and mobile games business focusing on in-house developments, as well as the company’s co-development efforts. Heatherly previously served as GM & VP of Toys for Disney Consumer Products (DCP).
SVP/GM, Disney Mobile
Owen O'Donoghue Fantasy Sports & Real Money Gaming Lead of Facebook
Owen O’Donoghue leads the Casino & Fantasy Sports business for Facebook in North America. Since joining Facebook in September 2010, Owen has worked with leading gaming companies in Europe and North America to drive success on the Facebook platform.
Fantasy Sports & Real Money Gaming Lead, Facebook
Shanti Bergel SVP of Business & Corporate Development of GREE
Mr. Shanti Bergel is Senior VP of Business & Corporate Development at GREE where he leads investments, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. With over 20 years of industry experience, he is recognized as an expert on freemium monetization and digital distribution. Prior to GREE, Mr. Bergel oversaw publishing, international and corporate development at Playfish.
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 for the company. Michael currently represents NCSOFT on the board of This Game Studio in Vancouver. He previously led Electronic Arts' acquisition/investment activity in F2P mobile and PC gaming, including the acquisitions of Bight Games, KlickNation, and ESN.
SVP Corporate Development, NCSoft West
Aaron Loeb President of Studios, Live Services of Kabam
As president of Studios and Live Service, Aaron is in charge of service quality in Kabam games. Previously, he was a VP at Electronic Arts, where he was a group general manager of Generation Studios, EA Mobile, overseeing the development of hit games such as The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Monopoly Slots.
President of Studios, Live Services, Kabam
John Robinson VP, Business Development of Nexon
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VP, Business Development, Nexon
Chris Akhavan President of Publishing of Glu Mobile
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President of Publishing, Glu Mobile
The Venture Reality Fund
Marco DeMiroz Co-Founder & General Partner of The Venture Reality Fund
Mr. DeMiroz is co-founder and general partner of the Venture Reality Fund. He has experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and global investments. He was a managing director of Evolution Media Partners and led its investment in Jaunt VR where he now is a board observer. He is a board member at Swrve and advises companies in the VR/AR sector.
Co-Founder & General Partner, The Venture Reality Fund
COLOPL NI, Inc.
Jikhan Jung CEO of COLOPL NI, Inc.
Online gaming executive, currently CEO of COLOPL NI, Inc, one of the frontier company working on VR along with mobile games. Co-founder/former president & CEO of Gala-Net, Inc. founded in May 2005, operated multiple online games under the gaming portal “gPotato”, successfully sold its business to Webzen in Feb 2013.
CEO, COLOPL NI, Inc.
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Adam Krejcik Partner of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Adam Krejcik is a partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC – a boutique research and consulting firm that follows the digital and interactive gaming industry. Mr. Krejcik has over a decade of equity research experience primarily covering the global interactive entertainment industry.
Partner, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Nancy MacIntyre CEO & Co-Founder of Fingerprint
Nancy MacIntyre is the founder and CEO of Fingerprint, a mobile technology company providing customized mobile networks for global brands (such as Samsung), working with hundreds of developers to curate and create the best mobile learning and fun apps for kids. She has a lifetime of expertise in the gaming industry, as she hails from Leapfrog, Lucas Arts and Hasbro Interactive.
CEO & Co-Founder, Fingerprint
Alexander Macris Sr. VP and GM of Games of DEFY Media
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Sr. VP and GM of Games, DEFY Media
Matt McMahon VP Business Development of Seriously
Matt McMahon is responsible for Seriously’s strategic distribution and animation partnerships. Prior to Seriously, McMahon was VP, Mobile at 20th Century Fox where he lead the mobile apps and games business. In this position, McMahon produced top grossing mobile hits such as ‘Family Guy’, ‘Ice Age’, ‘Avatar’, 'Glee' and ‘The Simpsons’, as well as 'Angry Birds Rio'.
VP Business Development, Seriously
Michael Metzger SVP of Houlihan Lokey
Michael is a senior vice president at Houlihan Lokey and provides M&A/financing services to media and tech companies. Previously, he was a principal at MESA Global, co-founder/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 positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed.
SVP, Houlihan Lokey
Guy Bendov CEO of Side-Kick Games
Guy Bendov is co-founder and CEO of Side-Kick Games, a developer and publisher of cutting edge games. Side-Kick has worked with Square ENIX, DeNA, Intel, Disney, Oculus, Rovio, Samsung and other entertainment companies to provide them with cutting-edge games for mobile, VR and motion platforms. Guy is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience.
CEO, Side-Kick Games
Paul Bettner Founder and CEO of PLAYFUL CORP.
Paul Bettner has been creating beloved entertainment for 20 years, including the smash hit Words With Friends. He started Playful Corp in 2012 and recently launched Lucky's Tale, a delightful platforming adventure bundled with every Oculus Rift.
Founder and CEO, PLAYFUL CORP.
Clinton Foy General Partner and Managing Director of CrossCut Ventures
Clinton Foy is Managing Director at CrossCut Ventures, a $100M VC fund. Clinton led investments into current portfolio companies Super Evil Megacorp, Mobcrush, Little Labs, Instant Esports, and Vulcun. Clinton is also co-founder, co-owner, and executive chairman of the esports franchise, the Immortals.
General Partner and Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
Ernie Lafky Executive Creative Director of GSN Games
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Executive Creative Director, GSN Games
Paul Martino Managing Director of Bullpen Capital
Paul Martino founded Bullpen Capital to fill a unique gap in startup investment rounds: post-seed capital. Prior to Bullpen, Paul was an active angel investor and invested in the first round of Zynga, Marketo, FanDuel and more. He is the founder of four successful companies. His innovations in multiplayer inspired several modern social gaming offerings.
Managing Director, Bullpen Capital
Ali Moiz CEO & Co-Founder of TwitchAlerts
Ali has been a gaming entrepreneur for 15+ years. Co-founder of Peanut Labs (acq. by eRewards) and CEO of Vulcun. He has appeared in Fortune, Forbes and WSJ, and has been called to provide an expert opinion on CNBC and other TV channels. He serves as an advisor to several startups in gaming and esports. Ali believes the Hadouken is real, if you spend the time channeling your Chi properly.
CEO & Co-Founder, TwitchAlerts
Aayush Sakya Director of User Acquisition of GSN Games
Aayush Sakya is the Director of User Acquisition at GSN Games where he manages user acquisition, growth and virality for social casino titles such as GSN Casino and Bingo Bash. Prior to GSN, Aayush worked at DoubleClick (acquired by Google) and managed mobile user acquisition at various start ups in the Bay Area including Shopkick and Bloomspot.
Director of User Acquisition, GSN Games
My Tran Co-Founder & CPO of ADVR
My is a world-renowned, award-winning free-to-play game designer and product executive. During her stints at Red Robot, Kiwi, and Storm8, My has had three games in the top-100 mobile grossing charts, Life is Crime, Brightwood Adventures, and Castle Story. Currently CPO at ADVR, Gamesauce has called My, “the maestro of monetization,” and she is one of Fast Company’s “Designing Women.”
Co-Founder & CPO, ADVR
Brooke Van Dusen Director of Game Developer Success of Twitch
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Brooke Van Dusen
Director of Game Developer Success, Twitch
Jen MacLean President of StoryArc Media
Jen brings more than 20 years of interactive entertainment expertise. She was named one of the "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women" by Next Generation, one of the "Top 20 Women in Games" by Gamasutra, and currently sits on the board of trustees for IGDAF. Jen earned an MBA from the Columbia Business School and London Business School.
President, StoryArc Media
Mark Beck VP Finance & UA of Product Madness
Mark is the VP of Finance & User Acquisition at Product Madness, based out of San Francisco. He came from the parent company, Aristocrat, where he held a variety of finance and marketing roles in Sydney and Las Vegas before joining Product Madness in 2013.
VP Finance & UA, Product Madness
Noah Falstein Chief Game Designer of Google
Noah Falstein has been a professional game developer since 1980, specializing in design, and writing the design column for Game Developer Magazine for six years. He was given his first VR demo in 1984 and has gone from hope, to disappointment, to skepticism, to fresh belief and enthusiasm. Currently he is Chief Game Designer at Google.
Chief Game Designer, Google
Scott Foe Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder of Ignited Artists
Called "the Quentin Tarantino of video games" by Escapist Magazine, mobile gaming Hall of Fame-inducted designer and executive producer Scott Foe is chief product officer and co-founder at Ignited Artists, a San Francisco-based hardcore mobile gaming studio which recently raised significant Series A round investment courtesy of SEGA Networks.
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Ignited Artists
Layton Hawkes Game Designer of Halfbrick Studios
Layton Hawkes is a game designer at Halfbrick Studios. He's been designing mazes and puzzles since he was 8 years old. After developing serious games for the educational sector, he joined Halfbrick in 2013 and has worked on Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Fish Out of Water and Bears vs. Art.
Game Designer, Halfbrick Studios
Stephanie Leifer Associate Marketing Manager of Product Madness
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Associate Marketing Manager, Product Madness
Alex Manchado US Gaming Partnerships Lead of Google
Alex leads Google's Game Analytics & Monetization business development with large video game publishers in North America. Prior to this role, Alex was a Global Business Strategy Principal at Google's HQ in Mountain View and a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.
US Gaming Partnerships Lead, Google
Eric Seufert VP of User Acquisition of Rovio
Eric Benjamin Seufert is a quantitative marketing specialist with a specific interest in mobile advertising and portfolio optimization. Eric is currently the VP of user acquisition at Rovio, where he oversees overall growth and cross-promotional efforts within Rovio's portfolio of titles. Prior to Rovio, Eric served in marketing and strategy roles at Wooga, Digital Chocolate and Skype.
VP of User Acquisition, Rovio
Gabriel Cianchetto President Market Development North America of Greentube
Gabriel Cianchetto, Greentube's president of North American Market Development, is the driving force behind Greentube Pro, a private-label, B2B social casino gaming solution. With more than 15 years of experience, he is an expert in cloud-based, B2B marketing and e-commerce solutions.
President Market Development North America, Greentube
Sinjin Bain CEO of MaxPlay
Mr. Bain is currently CEO of MaxPlay. Prior to co-founding MaxPlay in 2014, Mr. Bain was at EA and held a wide variety of senior VP worldwide positions. Over a 15 year career at EA, Mr. Bain was COO of the Maxis studio and executive producer of several of EA’s most successful franchises including The Sims, Rock Band and The Simpsons.
Anton Krasnyy CEO of Murka
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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.
Chief Strategy Officer, Wargaming
Shelley LK Managing Partner of IPC Ventures
Shelley LK has over 16 years of international experience in the US, EU and Asia/JP. Shelley participated in and transacted investments from US$5-$900M and exited a couple of ventures of her own. She is the Managing Partner at IPC Ventures, which invests in early stage mobile first startup including technology, platforms, media, content as well as mobile gaming.
Managing Partner, IPC Ventures
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. FlowPlay is the developer behind social casino MMO Vegas World which has over 2 million registered users.
Barry O'Neill CEO of StoryToys
Barry has been making and financing games for 15 years. Formerly president of Namco Bandai Networks Europe and co-founder of Upstart Games, Barry is an advisor to the Tesseract Interactive SEIS fund, a leading UK source of finance for indie game studios. By day, Barry is the CEO of StoryToys, the acclaimed developer and publisher of children’s edutainment content.
Tom Sanocki Founder and CEO of Limitless
Tom Sanocki is the CEO and Founder of Limitless Ltd, a platform for creating interactive VR characters such as Gary the Gull. Tom spent 11 years as a Character Lead at Pixar, where he built characters & technology on 7 films from Finding Nemo through Good Dinosaur, filed 5 patents, and won a Visual Effects Society award for Mater in Cars. Tom also spent 3 1/2 years as a Character & Cinematics Tech Art Lead at Bungie, leading various teams on Destiny. He has published and presented at SIGGRAPH and GDC, and graduated with a Computer Science Engineering degree from Princeton University.
Founder and CEO, Limitless
Super Lucky Casino
Nick Talarico Founder & CEO of Super Lucky Casino
Nick was an original member of games incubator YouWeb (OpenFeint, Crowdstar, Agawi, Spaceport, etc.). From YouWeb, Nick moved to Offerpal/Tapjoy and led early publisher development efforts, closing deals with Zynga, Playdom, EA and more. Nick left Tapjoy to form Super Lucky Casino, a leader in the cross-platform mobile casino space.
Founder & CEO, Super Lucky Casino
Niko Vuori Co-Founder & COO of Rocket Games
Niko Vuori is an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in consumer internet and social gaming. He is currently COO for Rocket Games, where he is responsible for the operations and execution of one of the world's largest independent social casino game developers.
Co-Founder & COO, Rocket Games
Aurora Klaeboe Berg Co-Founder & COO of Megacool
Aurora is Co-Founder and COO of Megacool. Previously she was VP of Business and Marketing of Dirtybit, studio behind the popular Fun Run game series. She holds a MSc in CommTech Engineering and Entrepreneurship, and is deeply passionate about helping game studios grow their user base in creative ways.
Aurora Klaeboe Berg
Co-Founder & COO, Megacool
Peter Warman CEO & Co-Founder 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. Previously, he was responsible for sales and business development at LBi and internet development at Reed Business.
CEO & Co-Founder, Newzoo
Mario Wynands Managing Director of PikPok
Mario is managing director and co-founder of PikPok, a leading publisher across mobile, tablet, and desktop. In his 18 years at the company, he has led studio operations, built a successful game portfolio and overseen the creation of console titles including Shatter® and GripShift® and smartphone/tablet hits such as BAFTA-nominated Super Monsters Ate My Condo.
Managing Director, PikPok
John Battagline CEO of 247 Games
John Battagline quit his stable, corporate job during the peak of the recent financial recession in pursuit of a childhood dream: "to make video games for a living." Over half a decade later, he's the CEO of 247 Games, a small but thriving company of 3 people with dozens of titles on Google Play, the App Store, and high-ranking Google keyword search terms.
CEO, 247 Games
Eldad Ben Tora CRO & Co-Founder of Kidoz
Eldad is in charge of company’s revenues, marketing & business development,
working with various partners to address the booming market of kids on mobile devices. Prior to KIDOZ, Eldad served as GM at Bluesnap (Plimus) Sold to Great Hill Partners.
Eldad Ben Tora
CRO & Co-Founder, Kidoz
Golden Rat Studios
Dave Bezahler Co-Founder & President of Golden Rat Studios
A serial entrepreneur, Dave has spent over 20 years building digital products and companies from concept to sale. Dave is the Co-Founder and President of Golden Rat Studios in Los Angeles. Backed by a publicly traded company and focused on the Asian mobile market, Golden Rat is building the next generation of real-time, multiplayer, social casino games.
Co-Founder & President, Golden Rat Studios
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
Bryan Buskas Head of UA of AdColony
Bryan Buskas leads the global performance business for AdColony, a leading app install, marketing and monetization platform focusing exclusively on in-app HD mobile video ads. He is responsible for the global customer relationship for AdColony with the world’s top app publishers, arming them with growth, engagement, retention and monetization tools and services.
Head of UA, AdColony
Pala Interactive, LLC
Brett Calapp Chief Social Gaming Officer of Pala Interactive, LLC
Brett Calapp is the Chief Social Gaming Officer at Pala Interactive. In addition, Brett is an advisor to ALL IN Media House, a content publisher focused on Poker, eSports, and Fantasy Sports and on the board of the Intercollegiate Poker Association. Prior, Brett was the co-founder of social game platform RocketFrog and Centaurus Games, creator of ClubWPT.
Chief Social Gaming Officer, Pala Interactive, LLC
Magnum Integrated Marketing
Rick Campbell VP Marketing of Magnum Integrated Marketing
Rick has nearly 20 years of experience as an innovative casino marketing executive. Rick has held senior level executive positions in marketing at the corporate and property levels of organizations such as Herbst Gaming, Tropicana Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment and Isle of Capri Casinos.
VP Marketing, Magnum Integrated Marketing
Johnatan Canal CEO & CTO of Pipa Studios
Johnatan Canal is a Software Engineer by Unicamp and an IESE MBA with over 10 years of experience designing casino and bingo games. He was the CTO and co-founder of Betboo, a LATAM online gambling company that launched in 2003 and was successfully exited in 2009. He is currently the CEO and CTO of Pipa Studios.
CEO & CTO, Pipa Studios
Ruby Seven Studios
Michael Carpenter President & Co-Founder of Ruby Seven Studios
Michael Carpenter entered the social gaming arena in 2009 at PopCap Games – building the team responsible for operating Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz. In 2012, Carpenter founded Ruby Seven Studios. They build, operate and market social casino offerings for Tropicana Entertainment, Gala/Coral, Pechanga Resort and Casino and Delaware North Gaming.
President & Co-Founder, Ruby Seven Studios
Hussein Chahine CEO & Founder of Yazino
Hussein is the Founder and CEO of Yazino and a longtime technology investor / entrepreneur. Hussein built Yazino from the ground up, amassing more than 10 million users and two consecutive Top 10 games in the App Store. In the late 1990s Hussein was part of the FICS Group, helping build Europe’s ﬁrst Internet banking service.
CEO & Founder, Yazino
Roberto Coppola Director of Market Research & Insights of YWS
Roberto Coppola is the Director of Market Research & Insights for YWS Design & Architecture, a leading global designer of hospitality and gaming amenities. Prior to YWS, Roberto led the Consumer Insights group at IGT. Roberto’s work on next-gen gaming environments has been widely published within trade periodicals and across mainstream platforms like Forbes.
Director of Market Research & Insights, YWS
Boss Fight Entertainment
Greg Costikyan Sr. Game Designer of Boss Fight Entertainment
Greg has designed more than 30 commercially published games. He won the IGDA Maverick Award for "tireless promotion of independent games" and 5 Origins Awards, and is an inductee into the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame. At present, he is Senior Game Designer for Boss Fight Entertainment.
Sr. Game Designer, Boss Fight Entertainment
San Manuel Digital
Matthew Cullen CEO of San Manuel Digital
Matthew is an experienced senior business development and strategy executive with a consistent track record of identifying, negotiating and delivering commercial deals in highly competitive and complex markets. He is the CEO of San Manuel Digital and was previously President & Chief Business Development Officer of RocketPlay and a vice president at Betfair US.
CEO, San Manuel Digital
Jason Della Rocca Co-Founder & Indie Evangelist of Execution Labs
Jason Della Rocca is co-founder of Execution Labs, a first-of-its kind accelerator and investment platform for indie game developers. Formerly, he was a game industry consultant focused on business and cluster development, working with studios and organizations worldwide. He has been honored by GDC and Game Developer Magazine and speaks at conferences and universities.
Jason Della Rocca
Co-Founder & Indie Evangelist, Execution Labs
Leading Edge Design
Larry DeMar President of Leading Edge Design
Larry DeMar is one of the coin-operated industry's most significant players. His games have racked up 18 Best of Industry awards. In 1999, he started Leading Edge Design where he works with the most talented game developers to create patent-protected casino games which have been commercially successful and achieved several industry awards.
President, Leading Edge Design
Fox and Sheep
Timo Dries Chief Product Officer of Fox and Sheep
As a kid, Timo always wanted to work for Disney. Today he is CPO of Fox & Sheep, responsible for the idea, vision, look and feel as well as the realization of new, innovative kids apps for iOS and Android. Throughout his years at Nickelodeon and Wooga, Timo developed a deep passion for user experience and usability.
Chief Product Officer, Fox and Sheep
Christina Dunbar Talent Strategy Partner of Scopely
Christina has spent 12 years in the gaming industry and calls it an amazing ride. From working in huge casino operations to niche consulting in social/mobile games, Christina excels in the art of relationships. Her experience ranges from high volume recruiting to taking care of high-end VIP casino guests to high-level talent relationships and engagement.
Talent Strategy Partner, Scopely
Angelo Ferro Senior Business Development Manager of Unity Analytics
Prior to Unity, Angelo worked for several years as an economic consultant specializing in commercial litigation. He hopes to put his consulting training to good use by helping to build tools that are easy to use, informative and empower developers to make data-driven decisions in their games.
Senior Business Development Manager, Unity Analytics
Dan Fiden Chief Strategy Officer of Funplus
Dan Fiden is CSO of Funplus. Dan first met the cofounders of FunPlus as a partner with Signia Venture Partners – an early stage venture fund that is an investor in the company. Dan has held multiple interim CEO roles, was general manager of Playfish San Francisco, and was director of game development at EA’s Pogo. He serves on the board of the San Francisco GDC.
Chief Strategy Officer, Funplus
Jon Gagnon Head of BD of Bidalgo
Jon is a game industry veteran of over 13 years, and the Head of Business Development at Bidalgo. Prior to Bidalgo, Jon was the Head of BD at Red Hot Labs, which was acquired by Google in February 2015. Before getting into the FB Marketing Partner world, Jon founded a mobile games startup.
Head of BD, Bidalgo
Charles Harper Senior Consultant of Partis Solutions
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Senior Consultant, Partis Solutions
Jeff Hyman Advisor to CEO of iPro Inc.
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Advisor to CEO, iPro Inc.
Jim Jackson CEO & Co-Founder of Bluhare
Jim is a 30-year gaming industry veteran. Prior to co-founding Bluhare Studios, an independent developer of slot games for the real-money casino and Social Casino markets, Jim held executive leadership positions at Shuffle Master, WMS and Sigma with hands-on roles in game and business development.
CEO & Co-Founder, Bluhare
2 By 2 Gaming
Shridhar Joshi CEO of 2 By 2 Gaming
Shridhar is a recognized slot industry leader and is the founder and CEO of 2 By 2 Gaming. During his 24 years in the gaming industry, he has been at the forefront of technological evolution and has played a key role in bringing new innovations to gaming with 50+ patents and globally successful games.
CEO, 2 By 2 Gaming
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 gaming publications. His work has been published by numerous outlets and he is a frequent speaker at industry events.
David Kleeman SVP, Global Trends of Dubit
For more than 25 years, analyst/strategist/writer/speaker David Kleeman has sought sustainable solutions for quality in children’s media. He now travels the world as SVP of Global Trends for kids research consultancy/digital studio @Dubit. Home is an aisle seat near the front. Follow: @davidkleeman.
SVP, Global Trends, Dubit
Signia Venture Partners
James Kosta Operating Partner of Signia Venture Partners
Prior to joining Signia Venture Partners and negotiating the sale of Idle Games to GSN, James Kosta was the founder and CEO of 3G Studios. He has over 25 years of experience in the tech and video game industries and has created games on multiple platforms. Since 2010, James has been creating games for the casino market alongside the industry's largest developers.
Operating Partner, Signia Venture Partners
Michelle Lee Digital Kids Lead of IDEO
Michelle leads IDEO’s Digital Kids Team, an integrated team of researchers, designers, and developers bringing engaging digital experiences to market through user-centered design. Their work includes beloved apps Balloonimals and Monster Moves, as well as Elmo Calls, co-created with Sesame Workshop.
Digital Kids Lead, IDEO
Darion Lowenstein CMO of Gamblit Gaming
As CMO for Gamblit Gaming, Darion oversees all marketing and publishing efforts for the company’s arcade style real money games for mobile and its upcoming hardware launch in casinos. A 20-year industry veteran, Darion has produced and directed some of the biggest video games in the industry at companies like Electronic Arts, Activision, Rockstar Games and Scopely.
CMO, Gamblit Gaming
Law Offices of John K. Maloney
John K. Maloney Principle & Founder of Law Offices of John K. Maloney
EMAIL JOHN K.
John K. Maloney is founder and principle attorney of the Law Offices of John K. Maloney, specializing in the area of regulatory law and assisting gaming clients in domestic and international markets. He has spent more than 32 years in the gaming field, is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
John K. Maloney
Principle & Founder, Law Offices of John K. Maloney
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 at three exits the past few years, worth over $700 million.
Director Social Gaming, PokerStars
IGDA-Austin Chapter VP
Randall Robbins CAPM, CSM of IGDA-Austin Chapter VP
Randall is the founder of Grey Vulture – business consulting for indie games and music. He's also the IGDA-Austin Chapter Vice President,, as well as Certified Project Manager and Scrum Master with 4 years experience managing multiple teams, consulting with stakeholders, and delivering products that strengthen company brands.
CAPM, CSM, IGDA-Austin Chapter VP
DraftDay Gaming Group
Rich Roberts CEO of DraftDay Gaming Group
Rich has over 20 years of game and gaming experience across senior business development and C-level positions. He is currently President of Digital at Sportech, where he led the acquisition of DraftDay Gaming Group. He also serves as the CEO of DraftDay in addition to his Sportech responsibilities.
CEO, DraftDay Gaming Group
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 TV show Deal or No Deal into a live stage show and was a key producer on The Real Deal show in Las Vegas.
VP Games, b Spot
David Serfaty VP Growth & Innovation of DAU-UP
David leads strategic growth projects and partnerships for DAU-UP. He has specialized in games UA technology and services for the past 6 years, serving as COO of SaaS provider, Adquant, and as VP Social for Matomy Media Group.
VP Growth & Innovation, DAU-UP
Mitch Smiley Global Marketing Manager of WildWorks
Global Marketing Manager, WildWorks
Mark Stanley Global Lead of GameStop Group
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Global Lead, GameStop Group
Angelina Surnina CMO of Murka
Angelina Surnina is a CMO at Murka. During the last two years under Angelina’s management, Murka’s marketing team has increased UA budgets by about 30 times while keeping sustainable ROI. Angelina considers efficient marketing an essential instrument for allowing players to discover good games.
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Al Thomas Managing Director of Product Consulting of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Al Thomas is an accomplished 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 in the Slot Player/Casino Journal hall of fame. He is credited as one of the early industry veterans who brought interactive and entertaining bonus games to slot machines.
Managing Director of Product Consulting, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
Quoc Tran Co-Founder & CTO of Possum Interactive
Quoc Tran has run tech teams in companies as diverse as major video game developers, self-funded small businesses to venture-backed startups. Quoc is currently CTO at Possum Interactive, helping small businesses focus on product development by offloading business administration and operations.
Co-Founder & CTO, Possum Interactive
Mike Vorhaus President of Magid Advisors
Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors, founded Frank N. Magid Associates' Internet practice in 1995 and Gaming practice in 2001. He is a leading analyst and advisor in the gaming and digital spaces and leads Magid's advising investment firms on media and tech. He has been featured in several newspapers and TV shows and is also a director at Perion.
President, Magid Advisors
Pawel Weder CIO of Gamedesire
Pawel Weder has worked in the game industry for 15 years, developing games from design and production to marketing and on to successful sales. Having previously worked for Ubisoft and Reality Pump, Paweł today serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at GameDesire, focusing on research and the future of products.
Kay Yoon Co-Founder & CEO of Bagelcode
Kay is CEO and co-founder of Bagelcode, a startup that focuses on bringing Vegas to players’ fingertips with social casino games. Kay leads a team of industry veterans, overseeing product strategy and execution of all in-house development. Bagelcode recently released Vegas Party Slots, one of the fastest growing social casino apps on the market.
Co-Founder & CEO, Bagelcode
Kent Young President & Founder of Spin Games
Kent Young brings more than 27 years of gaming industry expertise and strategic marketing acumen to Spin Games, LLC. Established in 2012, Kent is the CEO and Owner of Spin Games. Spin specializes in disruptive technology, content and concepts with an emphasis on gaming technology and slot games for mobile, land-based, interactive and social segments.
President & Founder, Spin Games
Golden Rat Studios
George Zaloom Co-Founder of Golden Rat Studios
George Zaloom is the co-founder and president of Golden Rat Studios, a Los Angeles, California-based studio creating games exclusively for the APAC market. Of recent, Zaloom co-founded and launched USA-based studios for two major Korean gaming companies: Nexon/Rushmo and NHN. Prior to that he ran the GoPlay game distribution service.
Co-Founder, Golden Rat Studios
Bill Grosso CEO of Scientific Revenue
William “Bill” Grosso has been helping games become more profitable for almost a decade. A seasoned technology veteran, Bill has two decades of experience in building innovative, customer-centric products and delivering high performance software. Bill is also well-known as an expert in both big data and predictive analytics.
CEO, Scientific Revenue
UC Santa Cruz
Michael John Program Director of UC Santa Cruz
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Program Director, UC Santa Cruz
Keith Katz Co-Founder of Execution Labs
Keith is a serial entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the games industry. He brings his experience in marketing, strategy, and monetization to Execution Labs portfolio studios. Prior to co-founding XL, Keith held VP positions at Cellufun and OpenFeint. He was also head of North American Marketing at Gameloft and got his start in gaming at Atari.
Co-Founder, Execution Labs
Tammy Levy Director of Product, Mobile Games of Kongregate
Tammy heads Kongregate’s Product team, guiding games from design to world-wide launch. Via an analytics-driven approach, the team helps optimize retention and monetization for third-party developers. Spent three years as Producer and PM at Zynga. Ex-pro fencer, avid Snoopy collector.
Director of Product, Mobile Games, Kongregate
Shazia Makhdumi Global Head of Educational Apps Business Development of Google Play
Shazia Makhdumi oversees global business development for educational apps and games on Google Play. Her team is responsible for bringing the best apps for kids and families to Play. They work with developers to grow their businesses on Android, and with internal teams to influence product development in key areas such as business models, discovery and distribution.
Global Head of Educational Apps Business Development, Google Play
Itamar Benedy General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps of glispa
Itamar Benedy is General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps at glispa, a Berlin-headquartered digital marketing company. Managing ad tech M&A activities at Market Tech Holdings, he’s acquired glispa, opened its Israeli office and now heads it. In addition, Itamar is focused on glispa’s key partnerships, M&A, and app incubation project.
General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps, glispa
Hyperkinetic Studios LLC
Tomo Moriwaki Chief Creative Officer of Hyperkinetic Studios LLC
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Chief Creative Officer, Hyperkinetic Studios LLC
Oleg Pridiuk Evangelist of King
Oleg Pridiuk travels around the world and talks about games industry, so is often referred as an industry evangelist. He is now part of King's team working on the Defold game engine, so is often referred as King evangelist. He was one of the first Unity Technologies employees, and… you've guessed the evangelist part, right?
Josh Burns Consulting
Josh Burns Gaming Industry Consultant of Josh Burns Consulting
Josh is a consultant in the gaming industry working with game developers, game publishers and service providers focused on online and mobile gaming to support key business areas including strategy, market intelligence, marketing, game publishing, business operations and more. Previously he worked at 6waves, leading the US product management team.
Gaming Industry Consultant, Josh Burns Consulting
Christian Calderon Chief Revenue Officer of Ketchapp
Christian Calderon is a data-minded marketer with a passion for econometrics and video games. His professional specialty lies in predictive modeling for freemium products. Christian started his career as an investment banker at Needham & Company focusing on Internet and Digital Media, where he completed over 30 transactions totaling over $3 billion in value.
Chief Revenue Officer, Ketchapp
Alexander Krug CEO & Founder of SOFTGAMES
Previously working at Yahoo!, Alexander is a serial games industry entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in making big things happen. Alexander is a well known ambassador and pioneer of HTML5 gaming through worldwide articles and speaking events.
CEO & Founder, SOFTGAMES
Purewal & Partners
Jas Purewal Partner of Purewal & Partners
Jas Purewal is a leading European eSports and digital entertainment lawyer and business advisor. He advises some of the world’s leading eSports teams, investors, and more. He also advises leading European game developers and businesses. After over a decade of legal practice, Jas founded Purewal & Partners, Europe’s first digital entertainment and tech law firm.
Partner, Purewal & Partners
Interactive Entertainment Law Group
Patrick Sweeney Founding Partner of Interactive Entertainment Law Group
Patrick Sweeney is one of the leading attorneys in the games industry, having served both as in-house and external counsel to a variety of companies in his career. In his 15+ years in the games industry, Patrick has negotiated an array of game development agreements, resulting in the commercial release of more than 250 games across all platforms and territories.
Founding Partner, Interactive Entertainment Law Group
The Rogue Initiative
Cathy Twigg Co-Founder & CPO of The Rogue Initiative
Twigg began her career at MTV Films where she was responsible for discovering talent and adding projects to the development slate. Over her industry tenure, Twigg has served at Dreamworks Television Animation, Sony Pictures Television, Bandeira Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation. She is currently developing IP for VR, interactive, feature and television projects.
Co-Founder & CPO, The Rogue Initiative
The Rogue Initiative
Pete Blumel Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of The Rogue Initiative
Already an established first-mover in VR, Blumel is an award-winning producer of real-time, story-driven entertainment with over 19 years in film, animation and AAA interactive production. He served in a key producer role at Activision’s Infinity Ward game development studio and was involved in the Call of Duty series and Ghosts video games for over eight years.
Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, The Rogue Initiative
Dr. J Alison Bryant Co-CEO and Chief Play Officer of PlayScience
EMAIL DR. J ALISON
Dr. J. Alison Bryant is co-CEO and Chief Play Officer at PlayScience, where she oversees insights efforts and leads innovation around branding, content creation and development for major global companies. Under her leadership, PlayScience has partnered with dozens of marquee brands, including Sesame Workshop, Disney, Girl Scouts, and many others.
Dr. J Alison Bryant
Co-CEO and Chief Play Officer, PlayScience
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 and many more.
Managing Director, Crossover Technologies
The McArthur Law Firm
Stephen Charles McArthur Founding Partner of The McArthur Law Firm
EMAIL STEPHEN CHARLES
I am legal counsel for companies in the digital community – especially video game/app developers and publishers. I work directly with game companies to create strategies to protect their brand and IP against poachers and to protect their company against frivolous infringement claims. Current clients include developers for Flow Free, Hex, SolForge, etc.
Stephen Charles McArthur
Founding Partner, The McArthur Law Firm
Sasha Paleeva Investor & Next Gen Content Manager of Casual Connect
Sasha is the official photographer and content manager for the eSports, Business & Investment, Next Gen tracks for Casual Connect. Please email Sasha if you would like to speak on the Next Gen or Business & Investment, eSports tracks at any of the four Casual Connect events.
Investor & Next Gen Content Manager, Casual Connect
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 staff writer for Gamesauce.
Casino Content Manager, Casual Connect