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DGC Games B2B Conference brings VR, Cloud Gaming and E-Sports to Dubai

By Team Feedbaac

The first ever Digital Games Conference will be held on the 21st and 22nd of March 2017 in Dubai. The venue for the event will be Hub Zero at City Walk Dubai. The aim of the event will be to bring together hundreds of publishers, developers, industry professionals and prominent members of the gaming community from all over the Middle East.

Some of the main events of the conference will include eSports tournaments to introduce the concept of competitive gaming and what it offers to the industry. Exhibition areas at the conference will be showcasing various content platforms and solutions for cloud gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and various other new media in relation to the MENA region.

The conference features over 50 speakers from 30 countries, potentially reaching out to over a million gamers across the Middle East region. Among the invited speakers for the event are notable experts such as Chris Wren, Senior Manager at Electronic Arts and Riccard Linde, Senior Director at Infinity Ward, Activision. Along with Anton Wiegert, Head of Outsourcing at Guerrilla Games, Astrid Huntjens, Game Producer at Spil Games and David Lam, Sr Art Manager at BioWare, they will be hosting a panel on “Leveraging External Development for Quality, Scalability and Cost Savings”.

The MEA region accounted for an estimated 3.2% of the Global Revenue in Video Games this past year, with a net revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016. According to a report by Newzoo, the growth of the gaming industry in the MEA region was noted to be 26.2% from 2015 to 2016. UAE being the top 5 destinations for gamers in the region makes it an ideal host for an event of this scale.

Source: Newzoo/DGC Games

With a large number of influencers and industry experts pouring in from across the world, the conference promises to be a uniquely positioned platform when it comes to launching games and connecting with game developers. DGC Games 2017 brings two days of workshops and seminars on various topics covering game development, e-Sports and the gaming industry. Some of the panels include:

  • “Global Trends in the Games Industry External Development Market” – Jason Harris, Senior Director of Worldwide External Development at EA
  • “Cloud Gaming: New revenue stream for Publishers, Telecom groups, and Hospitality Players - Ivan Lebeau, Founder & CEO at Gamestream; Anne-Laure Gevin, Head of Cloud Gaming at Numericable-SFR/ALTICE GROUP; Francis Ingrand, Founder & CEO at Plug and Play
  • “Virtual Reality” - Chris Hewish, Head of Studio at Survios
  • “Google Play Games Services and Our Work on VR and other platforms” - Mohamad Al-Saadi from Google
  • MENA region Publishers, Developers & Influencers Discussion: How to reach Users in the MENA region? - Baris Ozistek, CEO at Netmarble Mena; Baker Ma, CEO & Founder of Mena Mobile, Onment; Vince Ghossoub, CEO & Founder of Falafel Games; Dareen Al Bayed, Founder of AnaWHEYA (Me & Her); Tarek Al Harbi, Owner of 6aR80 Channels; Mashhoor Al Dubayan, Founder & CEO of Saudi Gamers; Haroun Gharbi, Founder & CEO of Nukedcocraoch; Ahmad Aala, Founder & CEO of Cryptid Games
  • Creating Game Development for Education Programs in the Middle East & North Africa Region - Peter Walsh, Head of Department, Games and Programming at Vancouver Film School
  • Common Mistakes in Free to Play - Teut Widemann, Consultant at Blue Byte, Ubisoft
  • Localisation & Marketing Strategies for Launching your Games in the MENA region - Marie Amigues, Founder & CEO of Altagram; Aras Senyuz, Mobile & Marketing Director at Netmarble MENA

If you are even remotely interested in the video games industry, then this is an event you do not want to miss. For more information on ticket prices, registration and program schedule, you can check out their official website: www.dgcgames.com