The Games Investor Consulting director on why he's heading to the industry conference in Gateshead

Rick Gibson’s GameHorizons

What attracted you to return to this year’s GameHorizon Conference as a speaker?
GameHorizon mixes inspiring talks, great networking and the warmest of welcomes at a great venue. Would hate to miss it.

What do you think is ‘hot’ at the moment in terms of new games business?
At the intersection of social, mobile and location-based services you’ll find, inevitably, games. At this hottest of current investor hot spots we’ll see virtual goods becoming more relevant and perhaps even useful to consumers in the real world.

What do you think the biggest change will be in the games industry in the next two years?
The biggest change will be the impact of formerly closed console platforms opening up and adopting freemium models, the thin end of what will become a very large wedge.

Which speaker are you most looking forward to hearing speak at the GameHorizon Conference?
Louis Castle from Zynga.

What games do you think have been the most innovative over the last 12 months?
Kabam’s Kingdoms of Camelot (for reaching a hardcore audience on Facebook), Aeria’s Shaiya (for consistently innovative monetisation) and Kontagent (for becoming indispensible for making good social games).

Do you play games and if so what games do you play?
RPGs, shooters and action-adventure like Dragon Age 2 (disappointing), Crysis 2 (excellent) and Assassin’s Creed 2 (polished).


The GameHorizon Conference is taking place from June 28th to 29th, and takes place at The Sage, Gateshead, in northern England. It brings together a number of high profile industry speakers, including Ian Livingstone, Louis Castle, Develop columnist Rick Gibson, Ana Kronschabl and Heiko Hubertz.

For information on attending, visit the event’s official website.

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