Casual Games Conference Scheduled for February in Hamburg

What: Casual Connect Europe 2010

When: February 10-12, 2010

Where: Congress Center Hamburg

About the show: http://europe.casualconnect.org

How to register: http://europe.casualconnect.org/registration.html

HAMBURG, Germany– January 21, 2010– The Casual Games Association, the international trade organization of the casual games industry, today announced that Casual Connect Europe 2010, the world’s largest casual games conference series, will take place February 10-12 in Hamburg, Germany.

The mass market appeal and myriad of distribution platforms¯including the emerging markets of iPhone, Android and social networks¯have enabled casual games to become the hottest sector in interactive entertainment.

Casual games are designed for everyone, everywhere. They appeal to all types of consumers and can be played on any gaming platform, from computers to game consoles, to handheld game devices and mobile phones, to interactive television. This mass appeal has resulted in exponential growth, capturing consumers who never envisioned themselves as gamers. This widespread success didn’t happen by chance. It happened because the people who love games as much as gamers themselves have continued to work hard to bring high-quality products to a wide audience.

Speakers and Sessions

Casual Connect Europe 2010 provides attendees with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge casual games topics with the leaders in the space. Selected speakers include:

• Nils-Holger Henning, CCO Bigpoint

• Rex Ng, CEO&Chairman, 6waves

• Randy Breen, CEO, Social Gaming Network

• David Rohrl, Executive Producer, Playdom

• John Vechey, Founder, PopCap Games

• Ben Titera, GM, RealNetworks

• Kai Bolik, CEO and Co-Founder, GameDuell

• Vincent Carrella, Director of Licensing, Shockwave.com (Nickelodeon)

• Helen Copnall, Microsoft

• Thorsten Kolisch, Managing Director, INTENIUM

• Simone Brunozzi, Amazon Web Services

• Patrick Mork, VP, GetJar

• Robert Unsworth, VP, Digital Chocolate

• Barry O’Neill, President, Namco Bandai Networks

Conference sessions will cover a wide range of subjects, including design and development, social gaming, consumer marketing, advertising and mobile opportunities. Sessions topics include:

• Successful Social Game Developers You've Never Heard Of and The Future of Social Games

• Mobile distribution models, app stores and cross-platform publishing

• The year's successful core casual titles

• Art production and designing virality in games

• Putting virtual economies to work in your games

• Distribution and Diversification Strategies

A full listing of content can be found online: http://europe.casualconnect.org/content.html

Venue

Casual Connect Europe 2010 will once again call the Congress Center Hamburg its home for the 3-day conference. Congress Center Hamburg is a state-of-the-art modern facility centrally located next to the train terminal in downtown Hamburg.

About Casual Connect

Launched in 2006, Casual Connect is hosted by the Casual Games Association, bringing together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the casual gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for casual games professionals. In addition to Casual Connect Europe 2010, the CGA will host Casual Connect Seattle July 20-22, 2010 and Casual Connect Kyiv October 20-22, 2010.

About the Casual Games Association

The Casual Games Association is an international trade organization dedicated to promoting casual games and providing educational resources for the game development community. The association hosts annual conferences in Seattle, Kyiv and Western Europe; publishes a trade magazine; and issues research reports on the casual games industry. For more information about the association, visit http://www.casualgamesassociation.org.

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Press Contact:

Tennille Forsberg

tennille@casualconnect.org

+1 801 663-4006 GMT-8


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