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Editor's Picks: Our Top Five session picks from Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2018

Editor's Picks: Our Top Five session picks from Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2018

120 speakers will be at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki on September 11th and 12th ready to deliver talks on the hottest topics in the industry.

While below only represents a fraction of the huge number of smart people at the show, we have picked out five talks that are set to provide great insights into the games space.

There are always many interesting topics and talks and shows, but it’s the ones that offer meaningful insights that attendees can then learn from and implement in their own work that are the best sessions. The five below or just some of the sessions that I think will deliver on that.

So below are five Editor’s Picks for PGC, which you can still register for here.

FEELS GOOD MAN, SOME SORT OF DEAD CELLS POST-MORTEM

Who: Sebastien Benard, Motion Twin
When: September 11th, 3:40pm - 4:00pm

Metroidvania title Dead Cells is arguably one of the biggest success stories from the indie scene in the last 12 months, and the CEO of developer Motion Twin Sebastien Benard is going to be telling us just how the French studio did it.

BATTLE ROYALE WITH CHEESE
Who: Mikael Haveri, Housemarque
When: September 11th, 4:20pm - 4:40pm

Last year, head of publishing Mikael Haveri took to the Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki stage to tell us about how "the arcade game to kill all arcade games" Nex Machina came about and what exactly went wrong with the fast-paced shooter. Now he is going to be telling us about the Helsinki-based company's follow-up project, battle royale title Stormdivers

LOOK MUM, NO WHEELS! RIDING THE MARKETING LONG TAIL
Who: Tracey McGarrigan, Ansible
When: September 11th, 3:20pm - 3:40pm

Marketing is one area where many indie developers fall behind as they become 100 per cent focused on the making the game itself. Green Man Gaming and Bossa Studios vet Tracey McGarrigan is going to be telling us why developers should focus on marketing and why studios should have a plan for pushing their games in the long run.

GAME INDUSTRY INFLUENCER CAMPAIGNS – FACTS & FIGURES FROM THE TRENCHES
Who: David Kim, Nevaly
When: September 12th, 4:00pm - 4:20pm

Influencer marketing is now one of the most effective ways of reaching an audience, right? David Kim from xx take us behind the scenes to show the reality of this burgeoning industry.

THE ‘RAMI MARKET OVERVIEW’ – INSIGHTS ON WHAT DEVELOPERS SHOULD EXPECT
Who: Rami Ismail, Vlambeer
When: September 11th, 10:00am - 10:20am

Indie hero Rami Ismail is taking to the stage early on the first day of the show as one of our Superstar Sessions to share his insight into the games market right now.

Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2018 takes place on September 11th and 12th - you can check out the schedule right here.


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PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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