Sixth Annual Casual Connect Europe Addresses the Changing Games Landscape in 2011

What: Casual Connect Europe 2011

When: February 8-10, 2011

Where: Congress Center Hamburg

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

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

HAMBURG, Germany– December 22, 2010– The Casual Games Association, the international trade organization of the casual games industry, today announced that Casual Connect Europe 2011, will take place February 8-10 in Hamburg, Germany.

While 2010 will be remembered as the year that Facebook established itself as a legitimate gaming platform, the future is not beholden to one distribution channel, one business model, or one type of game.

Looking ahead, new hurdles will emerge, but we must continue to innovate, push the creative and technical barriers, and remain focused on our common objective: delivering an entertaining and engaging experience.

Join us 8 - 10 February 2011 along with over 1300 industry professionals in Hamburg for the sixth Casual Connect in Europe to discuss the future and the brutal truths the games industry will face in 2011.

Conference sessions will cover a wide range of subjects including Browser, MMO and Social games, Mobile (iOS and Android), Games for Gamers, Design and Development and Consumer Marketing. Featured speakers and topics include:

Content  Highlights 

2011 and Beyond: Heiko Hubertz,  Bigpoint

Times Are 'a Changing: Carsten van Husen,  Gameforge 4D

The Future of Browser Games: Paul Bakaus,  Zynga Germany

Building Games: Half the Equation: Paul LaFontaine,  Playdom

The Flight of Angry Birds: Peter Vesterbacka,  Rovio

HTML 5 for Game Developers: Malte Ubl,  Google

How Show 'n' Tell Can Increase Sales: Julia Lebedeva,  Nevosoft

Developing Cut the Rope: Semyon Voinov,  ZeptoLab

Casual Games Evolution: Tony Leamer,  I-Play

Investing To Your IP:  Shockwave/MTV Networks, Playrix, Joju Games

Casual Games 2.0: The Brutal Truths: George Donovan,  Gogii Games 

Browser MMO&Social Games Speakers 

Patrick Streppel,  gamigo 

Alex Mendelev,  GameHouse Canada

Alisa Chumachenko,  Game Insight

Aki Jarvinen,  Digital Chocolate

Artur Sakalis,  Odnoklassniki.ru

Oscar Diele,  SPIL GAMES

Sabastian Kries,  VZNet

Johannes Kreibohm,  Plinga

Stefan Jansen,  INTENIUM

Jens Begemann,  Wooga

Lloyd Melnick,  Playdom

Mobile: iOS&Android  Speakers

Valentin Merzlikin,  Alawar

Michael Schade,  FISHLABS

Anders Evju,  Playphone

Anila Andrade,  99Games Online

Gabby Dizon,  Boomzap Entertainment

Games for Gamers&Development  Speakers

Matthias Hoechsmann,  GameDoctors 

Sean Murray,  Hello Games

Arto Koistinen,  Dicework Games

Christopher Kassulke,  HandyGames

Alexander Shen,  Mochi Media

Boris Pfeiffer,  Kabam

Marc Hehmeyer,  FISHLABS 

Marcel du Long,  Vanguard Games

Benjamin Joffe,  Cmune Ltd

Anatoly Ropotov,  InnoWate

Sven Claar,  Adobe

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

Venue

Casual Connect Europe 2011 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 2011, the CGA will host Casual Connect Seattle July 19-21, 2011 and Casual Connect Kyiv October 2011.

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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