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DIGITAL GAMES
CONFERENCE
Hub Zero, Dubai, UAE

What is Digital Games Conference?

Publish your game in the MENA region, find your target audiences...

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What is Digital Games Conference?

Publish your game in the MENA region
Find your target audiences in the MENA region by partnering with the best regional games platforms, media, social media agencies and popular website owners.
Acquire more access and traffic to the MENA region gamers/users.
Become closer to the users and offering a better gaming experience. Take advantage of the better infrastructure, servers and cloud services established in Dubai and the region
Bring your cloud gaming solutions to Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the MENA region
Meet with the developers and publishers that are leading the charts in the MENA region.
Meet the key games influencers/youtubers from Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the Region.
Meet the esport teams from the MENA region: The next big thing!
Meet with the decision makers of the 7 themes parks and other projects involving gaming that are being established in Dubai.
Explore the opportunities of setting up your office in Dubai
Present yours skills, content and solutions in VR, AR and other new technologies to the companies behind theme parks and gaming arenas in the region.
Provide gaming content to buyers from the region
Provide Games development services to buyers in Dubai and Saudi Arabia
Find your best payment provider in the region
Find your best localization expert to publish your game in the Region

Who Can Participate In This Conference?

Influencers, media and social media agencies, MENA region Games devs and publishers...

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Who Can Participate In This Conference?

  • Influencers, media and social media agencies
  • MENA region Games devs and publishers
  • International Games devs and publishers
  • Games stores and platforms
  • Games Associations
  • VR & AR Studios

  • Cloud services providers
  • Infrastructure providers
  • server hosting providers
  • Technology & devices manufacturers
  • Payment solutions providers
  • Office providers
  • Localization services providers
  • VC’s funding institutions
  • Telecom companies

  • Theme Parks management
  • Malls owners & management
  • Owners & Managers of entertainment areas
  • esport teams managers & players

SPEAKERS

  • 21 March
  • 09:15 - 09:50
  • Main Hall - External Development

Jason Harris - USA

Senior Director of Worldwide External Development at EA

  • 22 March
  • 12:15 - 12:50
  • Main Hall - Developer

Tom Crago - Australia

CEO of Tantalus Studio

  • 21 March
  • 10:00 - 10:40
  • Main Hall - Publisher

Riccard Linde - USA

Senior Director at Infinity Ward|Activision

  • 21 March
  • 10:40 - 11:20
  • Main Hall - Facebook

Bob Slinn - United Kingdom

Director , Games Partnerships EMEA Facebook

  • 21 March
  • 15:50- 16:30
  • Main Hall - VR

Lauren Freeman - USA

Senior manager of XDI at EA

  • 21 March
  • 13:55 - 14:30
  • Main Hall - Partner Development

Mohammad El-Saadi - UAE

Partner Development Manager at Google

  • 21 March
  • 14:30 - 14:55
  • Main Hall - Influencer

Mashoor Aldubayan - Saudi Arabia

Founder & CEO of Saudi Gamer

  • 21 March
  • 10:00 - 10:40
  • Main Hall - Developer/Studio

Anton Wiegert - Netherlands

Head of Outsourcing at Guerrilla Games (Sony)

  • 22 March
  • 16:10 - 17:00
  • Main Hall, Monetization

Teut Weidemann - Germany

Senior online games specialist

  • 21 March
  • 10:00 - 10:40
  • Main Hall - Publisher

David Lam - USA

Senior art manager at Bioware

  • 22 March
  • 11:20- 12:10
  • Main Hall - Publisher

Baker Ma - China

CEO of MENAMOBILE

  • 21 March
  • 10:00 - 10:40
  • Main Hall - Producer

Chris Wren - Canada

External Development Intelligence, EA

  • 21 March
  • 15:50- 16:30
  • Main Hall - Motion Capture

Phil Stilgoe - United Kingdom

C.E.O at Centroid Motion Capture

  • 22 March
  • 15:40 - 16:10
  • Workshop Room, Publisher

Peter Walsh - Canada

Head of Department at Vancouver Film School

  • 22 March
  • 14:30- 15:10
  • Main Hall, Localization

Marie Amigues - Germany

CEO of Altagram GmbH

  • 21 March
  • 11:25 - 12:10
  • Main Hall, Investors

Danny Woo - Korea

Founder and CEO at GTR and at TAB

  • User Acquisition
  • Main Hall

Tomas Piktosis - USA

Lead of Business Development for Chartboost

  • 21 March
  • 15:50 - 16:30
  • Main Hall, Creator

Chris Hewish - USA

Head of Studio at Survios

  • 22 March
  • 11:20 - 12:10
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Barış Özistek - Turkey

CEO of Netmarble EMEA

  • 21 March
  • 15:50 - 16:30
  • Main Hall, VR

Simon Gardner - UK

CEO of Climax Studios

  • 22 March
  • 10:00 - 10:45
  • Main Hall, Cloud Gaming

Ivan Lebeau - France

Founder of Gamestream

  • 22 March
  • 10:45 - 11:20
  • Main Hall, Motion Capture

David Herman

Managing Director of Metapixel Studio

  • 22 March
  • 16:15 - 16:40
  • Main Hall, Esport

Klaus Kajetski

Founder of Yalla eSports

  • 22 March
  • 11:20 - 12:10
  • Main Hall, Payment

Sahar Salama - Egypt

CEO at TPAY

  • 21 March
  • 10:00 - 10:40
  • Main Hall, Developer

Grayson Chalmers - USA

Art Outsource Director at Riot Games

  • 21 March
  • 15:50 - 16:30
  • Main Hall, VR

Mark Val - Germany

General Manager at Playfab

  • 21 March
  • 16:15 - 16::40
  • Main Hall, Esport

MEHDI SAKALY - France

GM at World Gaming Federation

  • 21 March
  • 16:15 - 16:40
  • Main Hall, Developer

Aron Bouchrit - Tunisia

CEO of Nuked Cokroach

  • User Acquisition
  • Main Hall

Omar Ramirez - USA

Senior Business Development Manager- EMEA at Chartboost

  • 22 March
  • 13:50 - 14:30
  • Main Hall, Infulencer

Tuna ``pintipanda`` AKŞEN - Turkey

Gamer

  • 21 March
  • 11:25 - 12:10
  • Main Hall, Investors

Thorsten Unger - Germany

Heading the european activities of GTR

  • 22 March
  • 11:20 - 12:10
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Vincent Ghossoub - China/Lebanon

CEO of Falafel Games

  • 22 March
  • 14:30 - 15:10
  • Main Hall, Developer

Ahmed Aala - Egypt

CEO of Cryptyd

  • 22 March
  • 15:40 - 16:10
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Cvetan Rusimov - Bulgaria

COO at Imperia Online Ltd.

  • 22 March
  • 10:00 - 10:45
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Francis Ingrand - France

Founder and CEO of Plug In Digital

  • 21 March
  • 15:10 - 15:40
  • Main Hall, Sponsors Presentation

Alexander Fernandez - Malaysia

CEO of Streamline Studios

  • 22 March
  • 16:15 - 16:40
  • Main Hall, Esport

Eric Husny - Lebanon

Ceo of Elab

  • 21 March
  • 16:15 - 16:40
  • Main Hall, Gamer

Steven Dahdah - Lebanon

Senior Game Tester at Game-Testers.net , Founder of Plixon

  • 21, 22 March
  • 12:15- 12:50, 10:00- 10:45
  • Main Hall, Server

Matt George - UK

Senior Manager in Equinix

  • Main Hall

Rim Jarou - Tunis

Talent & Capacity Building Director in Smart Tunisia Project

  • 22 March
  • 10:00- 10:45
  • Main Hall, Cloud Gaming

Anne Laure Caffin - France

Head of Gaming at Numericable/SFR

  • 22 March
  • 13:50- 14:30
  • Main Hall, Influencer

Tarek Alharbi - Saudi Arabia

Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder at Direct Digital Influence Group

  • 22 March
  • 14:30- 15:10
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Aras Şenyüz - Turkey

Marketing and Mobile Director

  • 22 March
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Main Hall, Publisher

Joseph Shomali - Jordan

CEO of Play 3arabi

  • Main Hall

Amin Al Husseini - Lebanon

Mobile Business Development & Sr. Product Manager at MBC Group

  • Publisher
  • Main Hall

JULIEN VILLEDIEU - France

Managing Director at SNJV

  • 21 March
  • 15:40 - 16:15
  • Main Hall, Partner Development

Rami Jawhar - Ireland

Apps & Gaming Partner Manager at Google

  • Main Hall

Baraa Abdullah - Bahrain

Emcee, Presenter and Producer of the videogames TV show VG55 on Bahrain TV

  • 21 March
  • 09:15 - 9:50
  • Main Hall, Entrepreneur

Burak Balik - Turkey

Founder & CEO of Boğaziçi Ventures

  • 22 March
  • 13:50- 14:30
  • Main Hall, Influencer

GÜVEN ÇELİKKAYA - Turkey

Operations Director at CC Media House

  • Main Hall

Riadh Ghariani

Founder & CEO of CGS

Schedule

21 March
2017-03-21
2- Showcasing Area - Main Hall
1- Workshop Room - 1st floor
22 March
2017-03-22
2- Showcasing Area - Main Hall
1- Workshop Room - 1st floor
2- Showcasing Area - Main Hall
1- Workshop Room - 1st floor
2- Showcasing Area - Main Hall
1- Workshop Room - 1st floor
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome Note & Opening Keynotes
Habib Chams
Founder & Manager of DGC Games
09:20 - 09:35
Global Trends in the Games Industry External Development Market
Jason Haris
Senior Director of Worldwide External Development at EA - USA
09:35 - 09:50
A series of adventures from Gamesultan to Joygame and now continues with Boğaziçi Ventures
Burak Balik
Founder & CEO of Boğaziçi Ventures - Turkey
09:50 - 10:00
Annoucements & Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:40
Publishers & Developers Track – External Development – How to Leverage External Development for Quality, Scalability and Cost Savings
Chris Wren
Senior Manager at EA- Electronic Arts, Canada
Riccard Linde
Senior Director at Infinity Ward - Activision, USA
Anton Wiegert
Head of Outsourcing at Guerrilla Games- Sony, Netherlands
Grayson Chalmers
Art Outsource Director at Riot Games, USA
David Lam
Senior Art Manager at BioWare - EA- Electronic Arts, USA
10:40 - 11:20
Publishers & Developers Track – Connect Your Game to the World with Facebook
Bob Slinn
Director- Games Partnerships EMEA at FACEBOOK, UK
11:25 - 12:10
Publishers & Developers Track – Why we need a sustainable global ecosystem for game industry and how GTR strives to achieve this vision
Danny Woo
Founder at GTR & Tab, Korea
Thorsten Unger
Heading European Activities at GTR, Germany
12:00 - 12:50
How will virtual reality change our lives?
Riadh Ghariani
Founder & CEO of CGS
12:15 - 12:50
Cloud Gaming Track- Interconnection first:  Achieving Optimal END- User Experience for gaming on a global scale
Matt George
Senior MANAGER - Content & Digital Media at Equinix EMEA, UK
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch – HUB ZERO CAFE Station
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch – HUB ZERO CAFE Station
13:50 - 13:55
Announcements
13:55 - 14:30
Publishers & Developers Track – Best Practices for launching your game successfully on Google Play
Mohammad El-Saadi
Partner Developer Manager at Google Play- Google, UAE
14:00 - 17:00
Coding on Unity Workshop
Peter Walsh
Head of Department- Game Design | Programming for Games at Vancouver Film School, Canada
14:30 - 14:55
Influencers Track – User Acquisition – Panel – How to Influence Arabic Gaming Influencers
Mashhoor Al-Dubayan
CEO & Founder at Saudi Gamer, Saudi Arabia
14:55 - 15:10
Publishers & Developers Track – WIZZO, part of a bigger MBC ecosystem
Amin Al Husseini
Wizzo/MBC, UAE
15:10 - 15:40
Publishers & Developers Track – Partners Not Suppliers
Alexander Fernandez
CEO at Steamline Studios, Malaysia
15:40 - 16:15
Publishers & Developers Track – Monetisation – Monetization on apps
Rami Jawhar
Apps & Gaming Partner Manager at Google, Ireland
16:15 - 16:50
Virtual Reality Track – Separating the Hype from Reality
Lauren Freeman
Senior Manager XDI at EA - Electronic Arts, USA
Chris Hewish
Head of Studio at SURVIOS, USA
Phil Stilgoe
CEO at Centroid Motion Capture, UK
Mark Val
General Manager at Playfab, Germany
Simon Gartner
CEO at Climax Games, UK
16:50 - 17:15
E-sport in the MENA region an underground movement in rising !
Klaus Kajetski
Founder of Yalla eSports
Steven Dahdah
Moderator, CEO of Plixon
Eric Hosni
CEO of E-Lab
Mehdi Sakali
GM at World Gaming Federation
Aron Bouchrit
President of the Tunisian Association of Gamers
Aras Senyuz
Mobile & Marketing Director at Netmarble MENA, Turkey
17:15 - 17:30
Awards Ceremony
09:50 - 10:00
Networking Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:45
Cloud Gaming Track – Panel – Cloud Gaming: New revenue stream for Publishers, Telecom groups, and Hospitality Players
Ivan Lebeau
Founder & CEO of Gamestream, France
Anne-Laure Caffin
Head of Cloud Gaming at Numericable-SFR/Altice/Group, France
Matt George
Senior MANAGER - Content & Digital Media at Equinix EMEA, UK
Francis Ingrand
Founder & CEO of Plug & Play, France
10:00 - 11:00
Why are we not so good at polishing?
Ahmad Alaa
CEO & Co-Founder of CryptidGames, Egypt
10:45 - 11:20
Virtual Reality Track – Motion Capture – Digital Characters without Dr Frankenstein
Phil Stilgoe
CEO at Centroid Motion Capture, UK
David Herman
Managing Director at Metapixel Studio, UK
11:00 - 12:00
MENA: Magnificiant Whales and Where to Find them
Joseph Shomali
CEO & Co-Founder of Pla3arabi, Jordan
11:20 - 12:10
Publishers & Developers Track – User Acquisition – Panel – Particularities of game monetisation and growth for MENA companies entering western markets and vice-versa
Thomas Piktosis
Lead Business Development at Chartboost, USA
Baris Ozistek
CEO of Netmarble Mena, Turkey
Baker Ma
CEO & Founder of Mena Mobile - Onment, CHINA
Vince Ghossoub
CEO & Founder of Falafel Games, Lebanon/CHINA
Sahar Salama
T-Pay MENA, Egypt
Aroun bouchrit
Founder & CEO at NUKEDCOCRAOCH, TUNISIA
12:10 - 12:15
Announcements
12:15 - 12:50
Publishers & Developers Track – Beyond Emotion: Should we try for ‘Meaning’ in Videogames?
Tom Crago
Founder & CEO of Tantalus Studio, Australia
12:30 - 13:30
Meeting with Astrolabs
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch – HUB ZERO CAFE Station
13:50 - 14:30
Influencers Track – User Acquisition – Panel – Influencers & Gamers in the Mena Region
Tarek Al Harbi
Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Direct Digital Influence Group, Saudi Arabia
Tuna “Pintipanda” Aksen
Inflencer & Gamer, Turkey
Guven Gelikkaya
Operations Director at CC Media House, Turkey
Fahad Altimsah
Saudi Youtuber, Owner of IPlayAwayI Channel
14:30 - 15:10
Publishers & Developers Track – Localisation – How localising in the Mena region Makes a big difference!
Marie Amigues
Founder & CEO of Altagram, Germany
Joseph Shomali
CEO & Co-Founder of Pla3arabi, Jordan
Ahmad Alaa
CEO & Co-Founder of CryptidGames, Egypt
Baker Ma
CEO & Founder of Mena Mobile - Onment, CHINA
Omar Ramirez
15:10 - 15:40
Virtual Reality Track – Learnings of Early Access from Raw Data
Chris Hewish
Head of Studio at SURVIOS, USA
15:40 - 16:10
Games Education for the MENA region
Peter Walsh
Head of Department- Game Design | Programming for Games at Vancouver Film School, Canada
Rym Jarou
Talents & Capacity Building, "Smart Tunisia" – Tunisia
16:10 - 16:35
Hacking the human brain. Irrational Thinking will triple your revenue
Cvetan Rusimov
COO at Imperia Online, Bulgaria
16:35 - 17:00
Publishers & Developers Track – Monetisation – Common Mistakes in Free to Play
Teut Widemann
Consultant & Advisor at Blubyte/Ubisoft, Germany
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809
EARLY BIRD
ENDS MAR. 15
  • For independent games developers
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  • All sessions and presentations
  • B2B matchamaking & Meetings
  • Exhibition & Showcasing area
  • Parties & other social events
  • AED 809 (220 US Dollars)
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  • For Gaming Industry Professionals & Other companies
  • Ends MAR. 15
  • AED 1200 (325 US Dollars)
  • B2B matchamaking & Meetings
  • Exhibition & Showcasing area
  • Parties & other social events
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  • For university students
  • Terms & Conditions: Rate valid for holders of valid University ID
  • AED 120 (33 US Dollars)
  • B2B matchamaking & Meetings
  • Exhibition & Showcasing area
  • Parties & other social events
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  • DGC GAMES group registration discount applies to any combination of 3 or more All Access passes.
  • Terms & Conditions: The group discount of 10% is only valid off the current registration price, including early discount.
  • ENDS MAR. 15

Exhibit & Showcase Your Innovations

Exhibitor Package
USD 3300 or 12000 UAE Dirhams
  • 9-m2 lounge area with 2 lounge chairs , one table and a nomadic or roll up.
  • Two free All Access Passes (value USD 1000 or 3600 UAE Dirhams)
  • USD 3300 or 12000 UAE Dirhams
Group exhibitor in VR
and AR demo areas
  • USD 1700 or 6000 UAE Dirhams
  • Your own demos space in the demo area
  • Two free All Access Passes
  • 10-minutes slot to showcase your demo on the main stage
  • Each country can have his own shared pavilion
  • Each country can have his own shared pavilion
  • Participants prices vary upon the number of participating companies as follows:
  • • 10 participating companies : 15000 USD or 55000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)
  • • 15 Participating companies : 12000 USD or 44000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)
  • • 20 participating companies or more : 10000 USD or 36000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)
Country pavilion Exhibitors
USD 1700 or 6000 UAE Dirhams
  • Each country can have his own shared pavilion
  • Participants prices vary upon the number of participating companies as follows:
  • • 10 participating companies : 15000 USD or 55000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)
  • • 15 Participating companies : 12000 USD or 44000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)
  • • 20 participating companies or more : 10000 USD or 36000 UAE Dirhams (excluding taxes or fees)

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Mobile Tournament Sponsors

Official Party Sponsor

PC Game Competition Sponsors

Partership Sponsor

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Speakers Mixer Sponsor

Speaking Sponsors

Youtubers Partner

Dubai Expansion Partner

Digital Media Partner

Arabic Digital Partners

Esport Tournament Supporters

Game Association

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