IndieCade in NYC

I vaguely recall a conversation Eric Zimmerman and I had with Stephanie Barish (the queen of IndieCade) years ago about her crazy idea to start an indie focused festival. The event started in California and only recently has added an East Coast edition in NYC. As this was my first time at the East version, was … Continued

Connecting in Amsterdam

This was my first time over for a European edition of Casual Connect, which mostly ran the same as the American version. Amsterdam played host to a bustling event, with a massive 120+ game indie showcase. I was one of the IndiePrize jury members, making for a nice excuse to “force” myself to play many … Continued

How To Romania

My first visit to Romania was an intense one. Flight delays meant that I barely had three days in Bucharest. I was invited to speak at the annual tech/startup summit, How To Web. But really, I was there to scout for awesome indie game studios. Interestingly, Romania has a similar game industry ecosystem as Montreal. … Continued

MIGS 2014

Another year, another awesome Montreal Game Summit. The 11th edition of MIGS did not disappoint! With a stellar line up of speakers, over 2000 attendees, and great meetings/activities/etc… it was an intense couple of days in Montreal for the game industry. Brandon Beck’s opening keynote about his talent first strategy at Riot was quite inspiring. … Continued

DevHR in Mexico City

Was great to head down to Mexico City for the first time to present at DevHR, the country’s longest running game developer conference.  The passion for game development was evident as the week-long event was full for every session and activity. While several amazing speakers were “imported”, the bulk of the content – and knowledge … Continued

Massive Attack: Gamescom 2014

To say that Gamescom is a big event is an understatement. This year’s flood into Cologne, Germany, clocked in at a whopping 335,000 attendees. While I was there more so for the collocated conferences (GDC Europe, Respawn, Congress) and meetings, it was hard not to get swept away in the chaos. It is all quite … Continued

Nothing Casual About Making Coin

The annual Casual Connect conference in San Francisco is a wonderful event to keep abreast of everything casual/mobile/social…. and now casino and real-money gaming as well. That being said, if you walked the show floor, you would assume it was an event focused half on up-and-coming indies, and half on ad-networks. Makes for an interesting … Continued

Nordic Game – 10th Anniversary Edition

Nordic folks know how to run a good conference! It was a pleasure to participate in the 10th anniversary edition of the Nordic Game Conference. It included a dinner with the mayor, an awesome indie night, awards and champagne, and the SuperHot guys. I did a lecture on startup funding/incubator models and was on an entrepreneurship … Continued

Big in Brazil

Popped down to Sao Paulo for the 2nd edition of the Brazilian Indie Games Festival. A nice combination of juried game exposition, conference, B2B, and public showcase for gamers. The Festival accepts entries from across the globe, and flies in international experts to share and mingle with the local development community. In addition to giving … Continued

Digital Dragons Fly in Poland

Aside from losing my luggage, my first visit to Poland was delightful! I was invited to speak on funding models at the annual Digital Dragons conference and expo in Krakow. I nice conference that collects about 800 developers and partners from around Poland and neighboring areas. It was a great opportunity to get a sense … Continued