Cousens completes London Games Conference line-up

16 of the brightest minds in video games will convene at next month’s London Games Conference.

They’ll be there to discuss ‘Survival and Profit in a Changing Industry’, as the event focuses on new revenue models and routes to market for both new and established companies.

Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens and Playfire chief Kieran O’Neill are the latest to join a speaker line-up of heavyweights including keynote speaker Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz, Playfish boss Kristian Segerstrale, and Gaikai’s David Perry, plus Q Entertainment CEO Shuji Utsumi, Capcom’s David Reeves, and key execs from GameStop, IGN and Screen Digest.

Ed Vaizey, the Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative industries, will also be on hand to close the event with a 10-minute address.

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The London Games Conference takes place on November 4th at BAFTA, Piccadilly and is the closing event for the London Games Festival.

Over 200 games industry professionals are expected to attend the event’s mix of focused conference and following evening networking and dinner.


5:00 Welcome
Stuart Dinsey – Managing Director, Intent Media

5:02The Keys to International Success with Online Games
Heiko Hubert – Founder & CEO, Bigpoint

Half of all the internet traffic is already generated by online game sites. Revenues are soaring and companies in the sector are growing exponentially. Being successful with online games means developing a widespread portfolio of Browser Games, Casual Games, Mobile Games and more – as well as offering new possibilities like real-time cross platform multiplayer gaming. Heiko Hubertz will point out the key differences and similarities between Europe and North America and how to achieve global success. The future of online games depends not only on creativity and technology but very much on an excellent business model.

5:25 The Shape of Clouds to Come

A panel of industry leaders and innovators discuss the impact of social networks, online play, advanced mobile devices and cloud technology on the future of the games industry.

Panellists: Shuji Utsumi, CEO, Q Entertainment; Ben Cousins, General Manager, Easy (EA); Kristian Segerstrale, CEO, Playfish; Floris Jans Cuypers, Business Development Director, Spil Games
Chairman: Phil Harrison, Co-Founder & General Partner, London Venture Partners;

6:05 – The Evolution of Retail alongside Digital Distribution and Online Gaming
Ben Keen – Chief Analyst, Screen Digest

New data from specialist research firm Screen Digest will reveal the impact of digital distribution on boxed product sales and a look ahead to predicted trends over the next few years.

6:20 Comfort Break/Coffee

6:35 Different Ways to Play, Different Ways to Pay

How traditional bricks and mortar retailers, digital distributors, developers and publishers are all discussing new ways to find, sell to and retain consumers.

Panellists: Chris Petrovic, Senior Vice President & General Manager, GameStop; Rod Cousens, CEO, Codemasters; Ian Chambers, International Vice President, IGN; Simon Osgood, European Product Development Director, InComm
Chairman: Michael French, Editor-in-Chief, MCV

7:10 Sharpen your Skills
Ian Livingstone – Livingstone-Hope Skills Review

The Government has asked Eidos life president Ian Livingstone to head a review into the skills and training models needed to establish the UK as the destination choice for games production

7:20 The New Power Base

Choosing a platform for content used to be relatively straightforward. Now there are myriad options, and a host of major new players offering audiences measured in millions or more. An in-depth look at some of the most interesting and potentially profitable ways to think outside the box(es).

Panellists: David Reeves, COO, Capcom Europe; Dave Perry, Co-founder & CEO, Gaikai; Jasper Smith, Founder & CEO, PlayJam; Kieran O’Neill, Co-founder & CEO, Playfire
Chairman: Johnny Minkley, Eurogamer TV

8:00 – The Government and the Games Industry
Ed Vaizey – Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

The Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative industries closes both LGC 2010 and London Games Festival.

8:13 Closing Remarks
Stuart Dinsey – Managing Director, Intent Media

8:15 Networking & Dinner

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