14 - 16 April 2021

#GiBizLiveOnline

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A brand new indie developer event from the teams behind GamesIndustry.biz and EGX Rezzed.

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Utilising a specially created Discord server and the MeetToMatch meeting system, this online event boasts an advanced 1-2-1 meeting functions, top tier speakers on all matters of game development, special roundtables, advice sessions, and indie showcase, special guests and a new awards ceremony: The Indie Publishing Awards.

Speakers and Guests

  • Peter Moore avatar

    Peter Moore

    Board Member, Nifty Games

  • Guha Bala avatar

    Guha Bala

    President, Velan Studios

  • Helen Chiang avatar

    Helen Chiang

    Studio Head, Minecraft

  • Hakan Abrak avatar

    Hakan Abrak

    CEO, IO Interactive

  • Dr Jo Twist avatar

    Dr Jo Twist

    CEO, UKIE

  • Brenda Romero avatar

    Brenda Romero

    CEO, Romero Games

  • John Romero avatar

    John Romero

    President, Romero Games

  • Ian Livingstone CBE avatar

    Ian Livingstone CBE

    Co-founding Partner, Hiro Capital

  • Nadine Oehmcke avatar

    Nadine Oehmcke

    Business Development Manager, NDreams

  • Rob Lowe avatar

    Rob Lowe

    Managing Director, Digital Play, LEGO Ventures

  • Warren Spector avatar

    Warren Spector

    Studio Director at OtherSide Entertainment

  • Anya Combs avatar

    Anya Combs

    Director of Games Outreach at Kickstarter

  • Debbie Bestwick avatar

    Debbie Bestwick

    Team17, CEO

  • Amy Wu avatar

    Amy Wu

    Amy Wu, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

  • Shai Sasson avatar

    Shai Sasson

    Shai Sasson, Senior Publishing Manager, CrazyLabs

  • Tomas Sakalauskas avatar

    Tomas Sakalauskas

    CEO / Co-Founder at No Brakes Games

  • Carl Cavers avatar

    Carl Cavers

    Chief Executive Officer at Sumo Group plc

  • Gary Rowe avatar

    Gary Rowe

    Curve’s VP of Franchise Publishing

  • Sergei Evdokimov avatar

    Sergei Evdokimov

    Producer, MY.GAMES Venture Capital

  • Amanda White avatar

    Amanda White

    Co-Owner & Co-Creative Director at iam8bit

  • Jon M. Gibson avatar

    Jon M. Gibson

    Co-Owner / Co-Creative Director at iam8bit

  • Miikka Luotio avatar

    Miikka Luotio

    Director of Business Development, Europe at Xsolla

Schedule:

All times in GMT

Talk/Presentation/Panel

  1. 9am - Midnight
    1-2-1 developer meetings
    Platform: MeetToMatch
  2. 10:00am
    Saving the world with MinecraftThe Corporate Vice President of Minecraft at Mojang, Helen Chiang, discusses the past, present and future of one of the world's biggest games in an exclusive presentation for GI Live: Online.
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
    Speakers - Helen Chiang
  3. 11:00am
    *Sponsored | LEGO Ventures: Adventures in Digital PlayRob Lowe from LEGO Ventures presents a sponsored session about their goal to support and invest in companies interested in 'digital play'. Rob will also be answering questions during the session in the Discord 'livestream discussion' channel.
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
    Speakers - Rob Lowe
  4. 12:00pm
    *Sponsored | Inside our most successful game: Hyper-casual experts CrazyLabs discuss Sculpt PeopleA sponsored session about the business landscape of hyper-casual game development and an in-depth look at the agility needed in order to top the charts. Shai Sasson, a Senior Publishing Manager at CrazyLabs will share inside info from CrazyLabs’ recent success Sculpt People and talk about the methodology on the road to a hit game and will also be joining our Discord chat to answer questions.
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
    Speakers - Shai Sasson
  5. 1:00pm
    Sumo Digital - heavyweights of British game developmentAn Interview with CEO of Sumo Digital, Carl Cavers, by GamesIndustry.biz Editor James Batchelor - from Infogrames to Sumo Digital to an MBO and IPO and launching their own publishing label. Carl will also join our Discord 'livestream discussion' channel to answer questions during this talk on YouTube.
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
    Speakers - Carl Cavers & James Batchelor
  6. 1:00pm
    Roundtable: Hiro Capital - VC sessionVC investor Hiro Capital host a Discord video roundtable about VC games funding, with Ian Livingstone CBE and Spike Laurie available to answer questions about games investment and getting your company investor-ready. Limited places!
    Speakers: Ian Livingstone CBE & Spike Laurie
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  7. 2:00pm
    Roundtable: Microsoft Xbox sessionA video roundtable with Guy Richards and Neil Holmes from Microsoft discussing developing for Microsoft Xbox, with advice and answering questions about every aspect of releasing games on the platform. Limited places!
    Speakers: Guy Richards, Neil Holmes
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  8. 3:00pm
    Funding the Next Generation of VR GamesnDreams has announced a $2m pot to co-fund and publish externally developed VR titles. Nadine Oehmcke discusses the new fund and the VR business landscape. Nadine will also join our Discord channel to answer questions.
    Speaker: Nadine Oehmcke
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  9. 3:00pm
    Roundtable: Kowloon Nights funding sessionMajor project investor Kowloon Nights host a video roundtable about their funding of games projects, with funding available between $500,000 and $5m.
    Speaker: Callum Underwood & Jenny Windom
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  10. 4:00pm - 4:20pm
    *Sponsored | Finding new audiences for your mobile games Miikka will present an analysis of different platform audiences such as web, PC & console, and how they correlate with mobile game audiences to help you decide if you should take your mobile game to different platforms. He will provide insights into the benefits, opportunities, challenges and risks of different cross-platform strategies.
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
    Speakers - Miikka Luotio
  11. 4:00pm
    Limited Run Games - roundtable sessionThe physical games specialist discusses the benefits and opportunities offered by creating a boxed version of your game.
    Speaker: Ben Moore
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  12. 4:30pm - 5:00pm
    AMA Discord Developer ChatIndustry legend Brenda Romero joins a text chat in Discord to answer questions about her latest game Empire of Sin, being an indie and succeeding in the games business.
    Speaker: Brenda Romero, Romero Games
    Platform: Discord
  13. 5:00pm
    Roundtable: Valve Steam SessionA Discord video roundtable session with Alden Kroll and Molly Carroll from Valve about the Steam platform - ask questions about how to get your game noticed on Steam, how to engage with fans, early access and more. Limited places - book early on the Discord!
    Speakers: Alden Kroll & Molly Carroll
    Platform: Discord Roundtable.
  14. 6:00pm
    Let's get physical - Why you should consider boxed productsAn interview with the Co-Owners/Co-Creative Directors at iam8bit, Jon Gibson about the company that's made its name in merch and how games companies can make the most value from their IP.
    Speakers: Jon Gibson
    Platform: YouTube and Discord.
  15. 7:00pm
    Warren Spector - Discord AMAGame design legend Warren Spector, (Deus Ex, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Epic Mickey) joins the GI Live: Online Discord for a text chat and AMA about his career, making hit games, and the games industry in 2021.
    Speaker: Warren Spector
    Platform: Discord
  16. 10:00pm
    Discord closes

Talk/Presentation/Panel

  1. 00:01am - Midnight
    1-2-1 Developer Meetings
    Platform: MeetToMatch
  2. 12:00pm
    Debbie Bestwick MBE (Team17) - Discord AMAA Discord text chat with Debbie Bestwick, CEO of Team17 about the company's 20-year game development legacy and current publishing success.
    Speaker: Debbie Bestwick MBE
    Platform: Discord
  3. 1:00pm
    Creative England - Roundtable sessionA Discord video roundtable session with Creative England, providing funding, mentoring and start-up help for games companies in England. Limited places.
    Speaker: TBC
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  4. 2:00pm
    Dr Jo Twist OBE (Ukie) - Discord AMAA Discord AMA text chat with Dr Jo Twist, CEO of the UK's games industry organisation Ukie. Ask questions about the UK's games business, funding, coping with Brexit and Covid, and more.
    Speaker: Dr Jo Twist OBE
    Platform: Discord
  5. 3:00pm - 3:45pm
    London Venture Partners - VC Roundtable sessionA Discord video roundtable session with one of the UK's major global venture capitalist firms specialising in games - London Venture Partners. Ask any questions on investment and hear about opportunities for equity funding. Limited places.
    Speaker: Harry Hamer, Partner, LVP
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  6. 3:00pm
    Human: Fall Flat’s 25 million sales: How it happened Tomas Sakalauskas from No Brakes Games and Curve's VP of Franchise Publishing Gary Rowe discuss Human: Fall Flat's journey to 25 million sales and how the team work together.
    Speaker: Chris Dring, Gary Rowe & Tomas Sakalauskas
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  7. 4:00pm
    Vicarious to Velan: From indie to AAA and back againGuha Bala, now President of Velan Studios, will discuss his career working with major brands such as Skylanders, Spider-Man and Mario Kart with Chris Dring from GamesIndustry.biz. Guha will also drop into the Discord to answer questions during the talk.
    Speaker: Guha Bala & Chris Dring
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  8. 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    Kickstarter crowdfunding roundtable sessionAnya Combs, Head of Games Outreach at Kickstarter hosts a roundtable to answer questions about hosting a successful crowdfunding campaign.
    Speaker: Anya Combs, Head of Games
    Platform: Discord
  9. 5:00pm
    Transcend Fund: Venture financing the next great games businessA Discord video roundtable session with ex-GREE's Graham Gockley on what games companies should be doing to attract equity investment from Transcend Fund. Limited places.
    Speakers: Graham Gockley
    Platform: Discord Roundtable
  10. 5:00pm
    AMA Discord Developer ChatDoom and Quake legend John Romero discusses his legacy and latest projects at Romero Games.
    Speaker: John Romero, Romero Games
    Platform: Discord
  11. 6:00pm
    2021 VC Gaming UpdateAmy Wu, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, discusses the VC firm's investments and how companies can get funding. Amy will also drop into the Discord to chat to developers about VC funding and answer questions.
    Speaker: Amy Wu
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  12. 7:00pm
    An interview with Peter MooreEx-SEGA/EA/Microsoft/Liverpool FC legend Peter Moore joins the event to talk with GI.biz's Chris Dring about his career and latest project at Nifty Games. Peter will also drop into the Discord to answer questions.
    Speaker: Peter Moore & Chris Dring
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  13. 8:00pm
    Indie Publishing AwardsChris Dring from GamesIndustry.biz presents the first Indie Publishing Awards!
    Platform: YouTube
  14. 10:00pm
    Discord closes

Talk/Presentation/Panel

  1. 00:01am - 9pm
    1-2-1 developer meetings

    Platform: MeetToMatch
  2. 10:00am
    Self-publishing Hitman: How IO took control of its destinyAn interview with the CEO of IO Interactive, Hakan Abrak, on taking over publishing duties on their own hit game series: Hitman. He'll also reveal new details about what's next for IO Interactive. Hakan will also join our Discord to answer questions.
    Speaker: Hakan Abrak & Chris Dring
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  3. 11:00am
    Shared Values: What it means to have a strategic investment partner on boardA sponsored session featuring Sergei Evdokimov from MY.GAMES Venture Capital about how games companies can enjoy better relationships with investors.
    Speaker: Sergei Evdokimov, Producer at MY.GAMES Venture Capital
    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  4. 2:00pm
    Collaborating for mutual success - why indie studios can and should work togetherDevelopers from Tentacle Zone, Payload Studios and more host a panel about collaborative working - what are the best practices? How do you avoid project planning problems? How do you protect your IP? All these questions and more will be answered in the panel - and some of the guests will be dropping into the Discord to answer any questions from attendees.
    Speaker: Vincent Scheurer, Sarah Burns, Andrew Smith & Chris Dawson

    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  5. 5:00pm
    *Sponsored | Making Great Game Trailers! Niko DeMordaunt & Andy Mitchell from gnet on how to make your game trailers work for you
    Speaker: Niko DeMordaunt & Andy Mitchell

    Platform: YouTube and Discord
  6. 7:00pm
    Games Industry Gathering @ GI Live OnlineA special Games Industry Gathering networking event on Zoom for GI Live: Online - chat informally with games industry contacts around the world in a friendly and inclusive environment. Until late!.
    Platform: Zoom
  7. 8:00pm
    Discord closes