PopCap, Parker, OnLive and GoG.com join LGC line-up

Digital games experts from around the world will convene in London this November.

The final schedule for November 10th’s London Games Conference has been set, with speakers from leading online games firms PopCap, OnLive and Good Old Games plus analyst Nick Parker joining the roster.

A full schedule can be found below.

PopCap’s senior designer David Bishop and GoG.com MD Guillaume Rambourg will take part in a series of ‘micro-keynotes’ detailing the lessons learned as leading developers of online games.

Casual gaming firm PopCap is best known for the likes of Bejewelled and Plants vs Zombies, and was earlier this year acquired by Electronic Arts.

Good Old Games (GoG.com) meanwhile is one of the most successful digital distributors of games, building its business on a range of older PC titles updated to run on new machines – it is owned by Polish games studio CD Project.

Meanwhile, OnLive’s CTO Tom Paquin will host a session looking at cloud gaming. Paquin isn’t just a games expert, but a leading name in Silicon Valley, having co-founded Netscape, the online firm that invented key technology such as SSL and web ‘cookies’, and then co-founded the Firefox browser firm Mozilla.

Elsewhere, analyst Nick Parker will take to the stage to deliver his views on the five events set to reshape the games industry.

The four big names join an already-excellent roster of previously announced speakers focused on how the games industry is embracing the transition to digital content.

Keynotes this year come from GameStop and Valve, with Eidos life president Ian Livingstone, Microsoft Game Studios Europe creative director Peter Molyneux and Sega’s John Clark also set to deliver talks.

Other sessions will look at which companies will not survive the digital transition, what games can learn from the music industry, and how deeply security compromises have impacted publishers are also on the agenda.

London Games Conference takes place at One Wimpole Street, central London, and starts at 4pm. The four-hour conference is followed by dinner and networking. The event is sponsored by IGN UK.

Until September 30th tickets are available at an early bird rate of 229.

To book a place, contact Hannah.Short@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646.

High-profile sponsorship slots are available – contact Lucy.Hall@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 647 to find out more.

Follow LGC on Twitter at @londongamesconf – hashtag #londongamesconf


Jason Holtman, Head of Biz Dev, Valve; Mike Mauler, International EVP, GameStop; David Bishop, Senior Designer, PopCap; Tom Paquin, CTO OnLive; Peter Molyneux, Founder, Lionhead; Ian Livingstone, Life President, Eidos; John Clark, UK MD, Sega; Feargal Sharkey, CEO, UK Music; Nick Parker, Screen Digest; Nicholas Lovell, GamesBrief; Prof Peter Sommer, Digital Forensics Expert; Guillaume Rambourg, GoG.com


4pm Opening Remarks
4.05pm OPENING KEYNOTE: GameStop (MikeMauler)
4.35pm The Digital Transition: The Winners and Losers (Nicholas Lovell)
4.55pm Sega & Digital Distribution (John Clark)
5.15pm Digital Developers Share Their Secrets (Guillaume Rambourg, GoG.com and David Bishop, PopCap)
5.35pm The Future of Video Games (Peter Molyneux & Ian Livingstone)
6.15pm Coffee Break
6.40pm What Video Games Can Learn From Music (Feargal Sharkey)
7.00pm The 5 Events That Will Change Video Games (Nick Parker)
7.10pm Video Game and Digital Security (Professor Sommer)
7.30pm OnLive & Cloud Gaming (Tom Paquin)
7.50pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: Valve (Jason Holtman)
8.20pm Dinner & Networking

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