Casual Games Conference Scheduled for July in Seattle

What: Casual Connect Seattle 2011

When: July 19-21, 2011

Where: Benaroya Hall, Downtown Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA– June 13, 2011– The Casual Games Association, the international trade organization of the casual games industry, today announced that Casual Connect, the world’s largest conference focusing on mass market games, will take place July 19-21, 2011, in Seattle, Washington.

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. This year at Casual Connect Seattle, we will look ahead to identify new hurdles emerging, continue to foster innovation, push the creative and technical barriers, and remain focused on the common objective of delivering an entertaining and engaging experience.

Content for the 2011 event will focus on emerging trends for the casual games industry and outline opportunities on online, social and mobile platforms.

Speakers and Sessions

Casual Connect Seattle 2011 provides attendees with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge casual games topics with the local and international leaders in the space. Selected speakers include:

    <*>LeVar Burton, Actor and Educator <*>Paul Thelen, Founder, Chairman and CSO, Big Fish Games <*>Peter Vesterbacka, The Mighty Eagle, Rovio <*>Gareth Davis, Platform Manager, Facebook <*>Jens Begemann, CEO, wooga <*>Dave Roberts, CEO, PopCap Games <*>Charles Yim, Strategic Partner Development, Google <*>Andrew Sheppard, CPO, Kabam <*>Raph Koster, VP Creative Design, Playdom <*>Heiko Hubertz, Founder&Co-CEO, Bigpoint <*>George Donovan, CEO, Gogii Games <*>Thomas Chung, VP, GM, The Playforge <*>Jesse Redniss, SVP, NBCU <*>Vivian Lee, Director of Strategic Partnerships, EA Interactive <*>Jennifer Lu, Director of Business Development, TinyCo <*>Shainiel Deo, CEO, Halfbrick <*>Sean Ryan, Director, Games, Facebook <*>Arjun Sethi, CEO, Lolapps <*>Aki Jarvinen, Creative Director, Ph.D., Digital Chocolate <*>Dan Chao, Lead Designer, Funzio <*>Robert Tercek, President, General Creativity <*>Seth Ladd, Developer Advocate, Google <*>Demetri Detsaridis, GM, Zynga New York <*>Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners <*>Game Audio Alliance
Lectures at Casual Connect have been programmed to focus on cutting edge topics in the casual games space. Topics this year include:
    <*>Beyond Play: Gaming in the Connected Age <*>What It Takes to Create and Manage Entertainment <*>Winning in Social Mobile: What it is and the future of Social Mobile games <*>How to Make Your IP Work for You <*>Challenging Social Success Conventions: There’s more than one way to build successful social games <*>Online Game Security: Foiling the hackers <*>Casual Games: The cross-platform king! <*>Making money on Mobile Games
A full listing of content can be found online:


Casual Connect Seattle 2011 will once again call Benaroya Hall its home for the 3-day conference. Benaroya Hall is a state-of-the-art modern facility located in the core of downtown Seattle.

About Casual Connect

Marking its 6th anniversary in 2011, Casual Connect, hosted by the Casual Games Association, brings 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 Seattle, the CGA will host Casual Connect Kyiv in October 2011 and Casual Connect Europe in Hamburg, Germany in February 2012.

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

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