The first part of the speaker lineup for the annual danish conference Games Business, has been announced by the organizers. And it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year for those attending the business-oriented conference in the town of Aalborg in the north of Jutland.
Most prolific among the announced speakers is no doubt Ben Cousins, famous for touting the disruptive potential of mobile devices compared to the traditional game consoles in his 2012 GDC talk “When the consoles die, what comes next,” where he predicted a bleak future for the dedicated gaming platforms. What the presentation at Games Business will be about is still unknown, but recently Cousins has been using his time trying to predict, if there will come another dominant gaming platform after the mobile phone, so there’s probably a good chance, that his presentation at Games Business will touch on this.
Another interesting name on the speaker list is Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber. Based in Aalborg, but with a team spread out all over the world, Interceptor recently released their HD-remake of the classic FPS Rise of the Triad, and is currently working on a new isometric action role-playing game called Bombshell. However, more than the games itself, it’s been the legal sqabbles with AAA studio Gearbox, that have brought the most attention to the small developer. An ongoing, and still unresolved, conflict around the Duke Nukem-IP has raged, since Interceptor investor, Mike Andersen, bought American 3D Realms, and merged the two companies.
Next up is Marc Jackson, CEO & Founder at Seahorn Capital Group. Seahorn is an advisory and investment banking firm specialized in interactive entertainment, digital business building, social impact projects and gamification initiatives. This speak should be of interest especially for the Danish attendees, as financing is still one of the biggest hurdles presented to the Danish games industry, in a market with no real tradition for investing in games.
Jan Chichlowski is brand manager at UK-based Vivid Games, and could offer insights into, how to make your game visible in an increasingly cluttered marketplace. With Vivid publishing on both iOS, Android and pc, Chichlowski looks like a solid profile with a relatively broad platform experience to share.
Last of the announced speakers is Siggi Koegl. Experienced arranger of production funding for video game projects and seed investor for start-ups through his company Attaction Group.
The Games Business conference takes place Oct. 9th and 10th at Aalborg Kultur & kongress center AKKC.