Organized by Video Gaming Intelligence
Game Monetization USA Summit December 4-5, 2014 | San Francisco, USA

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Event chairman and opening remarks

Gordon Bellamy, Senior Director, iDreamsky Technology

The future of the gaming industry

Disruptors and game changers

There has been a great deal made about the competition between traditional games and their substitute counterparts: mobile games

  • Discuss why thinking about mobile vs console is wrong-headed  -  one industry, different screen sizes, UI and biz models
  • Identify the real key disruptors and lessons to be learned in gaming today

John Riccitiello, Former EA CEO

Video games: A market overview

The video games industry is experiencing tectonic shifts with new distribution platforms, new players, new markets, more competition and more money to be made video games are everywhere

  • Hear about the drivers moving the industry forward
  • Gain insight into the future of the video games market
  • Get the latest raw data on the size of different market segments and understand where the industry will see growth

Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Wedbush Securities

Keeping up with $200M Kim Kardashians: Hollywood - A F2P case study

 Players of free games are fickle, and with such a large volume of choice there is a brief window to capture, retain and convert your target audience . Glu’s CEO Nicollo De Masi gives an in depth case study on how this game has cracked the F2P conundrum

  • Learn how Glu mobile have developed the newest hit game on the F2P market in this candid case study
  • Understand the acquisition and retention strategies that create a top grossing game
  • Hear how Glu implement IP to create a smash hit mobile game

Niccolo de Masi, CEO, Glu Mobile

Acquisition

Stop throwing away money on UA! Develop a killer strategy to save thousands

Greater competition has driven up user acquisition cost. Combined with the significant investment of developing a new game it’s crucial that your game acquire the most players to make the most profit

  • Optimize UA to mitigate risk and give your game the perfect foundation for maximum ROI
  • Take away key strategies to synthesis your UA campaign through the pre-Launch preparation, eeta period and world wide release
  • How to void  pitfalls to maximise UA success

Austin Yuen, Director of User Acquisition and Monetization, Cie Games

Utilize knowledge discovery techniques to maximize acquisition and retention

Understand the importance of Knowledge Discovery within the industry. With only 5% of users monetizing in F2P games it’s vital that your game acquires and retains those that will provide the best LTV and ROI

  • Get to grips with various approaches to knowledge discovery to target your most profitable players
  • Get the low down on how churn prediction can be used to incentivise players at the optimal moment
  • An expert guide to integrate knowledge discovery in your decision support system and it’s practical applications in maximising game monetization

Ariel Aguirre, Director of analytics, SGN

Discoverability

There has been a monumental shift towards digital distribution and F2P business models. More money is being made in games, but more companies are looking for a slice of the pie. In an increasingly competitive landscape it’s vital that players choose to play your game

  • Gain exclusive insight from platforms like Apple and Facebook on how they can make your game succeed in the acquisition challenge
  • Understand the how you can work with the biggest platforms to maximize monetization and how to get your game featured
  • Find out the tips and tricks to get your game discovered and acquire millions of players organically

Playing your own game: How F2P indies can maximize their chances BEFORE global launch

  • Indie developers should ignore the big guys when launching their own games
  • Hear the indie pewrspective on global launch and understand why the small guys should fear the big studios
  • Get real data from live games and learn how market research, soft launches, and testing can help you compete on a (more) level playing field

Kieth Katz, Founder, Execution Labs

Cross platform

With the boom of mobile games, and competition sky rocketing, it’s extremely important for developers to consider other platforms to mitigate risk and to maximize profitability 

  • Overcome technical difficulties of porting between platforms to ensure your game plays and monetizes well cross-platform
  • Unlock greater revenues by targeting players across different platforms

Ron Jenkins, Director of Business Development, Mindblocks

Retention

Demystifying data science to help you understand your players to boost retention in your game

The growth of games has been paralleled by the growth of data. But whilst we’re drowning in information we are starving for knowledge

  • Understand how complex analysis can be easily used by anyone with only the most simple tools
  •  Learn how to utilize these tools to understand and predict player behavior and to inform game design and retention strategies
  • Discuss clustering, analysis of variance, genetic algorithms, graph theory, and many other so called “obscure models” that could lead you to surprising, shocking, and useful insights that will influence business and creative decisions 

Ben Devienne, Senior Monetization Manager, Gameloft

Gamification to maximise engagement

This fireside chat dives into how creating an element of competition in games engages players long term

  • Implement an effective social and competitive element to create a network of players committed to your game
  • Understand how different methods of competition, from point scoring to league tables, can bond players to each other and to your game
  • Understand how gamification helps to create social whales that bring money to your game through their influence in the game community

Carey Dejulio, Vice President and GM of Big Fish Casino
Chris Williams, Vice President and GM of Big Fish F2P mobile
Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, Venturebeat

Create a game experience for all types of players

With such a range of choice it is easy for a player to switch from your game to another.  Understand the best methods of making sure players keep playing in your game

  • Develop game paths that allow players to play according to their own needs and monetize in their own time
  • Understand how to monetize your whales and your minos: Provide your whales with a clear path to success if they’re willing to spend to achieve it, whilst allowing free players to time to commit to the game and increase their monetization potential

Make games that keep players coming back for more

Some games have an addictive property. Players keep on playing and playing, reusing content over and over

  • Understand the special formula that fosters such long-term commitment to the game
  • Learn how to make a game that challenges the player to master the content, not complete it
  • Develop a systemic game, where players reuse content over and over without any fall in player satisfaction
  • Here expert insight on how systemic games are the key to the lucrative new world of e-sports

Community management

Regular communication is integral to ensuring your games lifecycle is as long as it can be

  • Learn how dedicated community management can build strong relationships with your players
  • Identify consumer feedback to foster greater commitment, loyalty and retention within your game

Master the game economy to retain and monetize players

Pricing in the app economy

Pricing in the app economy is an area of uncertainty. Get the latsest Is the freemium model sustainable for games and can paid subscriptions compete with freemium counterparts? Bing Gordon identifies the keys to pricing an app

  • Economics of rarity, tradability and limited time offer
  • The role of free, not caveat emptor but caveat vendor
  • How to price subscriptions

Bing Gordon, CPO of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 
and former EA CCO

Balancing the game economy

Developers can be ‘too close’ to the product. Developers understand the value of an in-game product from its inception. Understand how can you translate the utility of in-game products to your players

  • Ensure your game economy is transparent so the player understands the value of in game purchases
  • Hear how various games, targeted at various market segments balance their game economies
  • Debate how game economies have developed in the past 5 with the growth of F2P business models and digital distribution
  • Get the latest on how data science influencing economy tuning
  • Game mechanics, timings and cycles crucial to making players want not need to play 

Mike Chera, Design Director, SGN
Al Reed, CEO, Demiurge Studios
Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, VentureBeat

The player perspective

Monetizing your game relies on knowing your player. This player panel gives you the opportunity to get to know what makes your players tick

  • Here from a selected group of gamers about their experiences playing games
  • Get to know your players to improve customer loyalty
  • Understand what gets players hooked in your game
  • Stop players dropping off your game and boost retention

Liam Callahan, Game industry Analyst, The NDP group

Integrate monetization within the fantasy of the game experience

The fundamental quality to engage and retain players is simple: A good game

  • Ensure monetization mechanisms are so seamlessly integrated into the game that they are part of the game play
  • Make microtransactions add value to the players experience, not subtract from it
  • Learn how to create frictionless transactions that don’t sacrifice game play.

What’s next for F2P

The future of F2P

F2P games have grown exponentially in recent years. Learn where can free to play go from here and what are the alternative methods of monetization in an increasingly competitive F2P landscape

  • Understand how a F2P can translate to next gen consoles to better monetize your titles
  • Get exclusive insight on how you can monetize the back-end of paid games to maximize ROI
  • Learn how a microtransactions can adds value to your player whilst bringing money into your game

Ben Charbit, Founder, BYO games and former Ubisoft Content and Monetization Director

Challenging the F2P status Quo

F2P has become the norm in mobile games, but more and more games flood its crucial that other business models are explored with examples from console PC and mobile sectors

  • Gain expert insight into how paid apps can still be a successful monetization method
  • Debate whether paid apps and free apps are competing products
  • Discuss the perceptions of F2P. Players want to play for free, but will F2P be the downfall of the games industry?

 Chris Early, VP of Digital Distribution, Ubisoft

F2P in developing markets

Asia is 50% of the gaming market, representing a huge pool of untapped players

  • Capitalize on rapidly growing Asian markets to acquire more players
  • Get the expert insight on opportunities for western gaming companies in Asia
  • Learn how to develop the relationships you need to bring your games to Asian players

Kent Wakeford, COO, Kabam

Venture into games

Gaming is a boom market, but as new players regularly enter the market it’s a challenge to raise the necessary capital to compete 

  • Here the VC angle on what they look for when investing in games companies
  • Get expert advice on how to make top bucks with a successful exit strategy

Sunny Dhillon, Partner, Signia Venture Capital

Develop games for developing markets

Discuss how to best monetize games globally

Asia will account for 82% of growth in the games business this year. Developing markets offer massive unexploited potential for games. But players from different geographies respond better to different monetization strategies

  • Get expert insight on how to make the most of your games monetization potential in growth markets
  • Explore who has been successful in expanding into international markets, and how they did it
  • Localize your game overcome, geographical, cultural and technical barriers and capitalize on global revenues
  • Launch your game in new markets and monetize a massive pool of previously untapped players

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Jamie Harding
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