Conference Schedule

WELCOME TO DGC LIVE: DGC Live Opening Remarks

Speakers: Ahmad Al Nasheet, Content Creator & Gamer based in the UAE.

BUILDING THE ECOSYSTEM – HOW NEOM PLANS TO BECOME THE CENTRE OF THE MENA REGION’S GAMING INDUSTRY

Speaker: Wayne Borg, Managing Director, Media, Entertainment, Culture & Fashion Industries NEOM

NEOM represents the region’s first opportunity to create and foster a flourishing, legacy free environment for the MENA gaming industry by harnessing the region’s talent and high per capita gaming spend. Wayne Borg, Managing Director of the Media, Entertainment, Culture and Fashion sectors, will highlight the key enablers NEOM will be putting in place to ensure it succeeds at establishing itself as the epicentre of the region’s gaming industry.

IN CONVERSATION WITH RISHI CHADHA

Speaker: Rishi Chadha, Head of Global Gaming Content Partnerships at Twitter, USA

A unique opportunity to speak with the Global Head of Gaming from Twitter - joining us from San Francisco.

INSIGHTS FROM GAMING – A SOUTH EAST ASIAN PERSPECTIVE

Speaker: Ahmad Shah Nawaz, Strategic Partner Manager, Google, Singapore

A session with Google on what makes a great game, the characteristics of SEA users, and best practices from top developers.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH MAJED AL SUWAIDI

Speaker: Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City at TECOM Group, Dubai

In conversation with Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City, UAE.

COMPETITION TIME WITH COSPLAY ARABIA

Ibrahim Ansari - Executive Editor- Cosplay Arabia Magazine – Bahrain
Kate Edwards -Executive Director of the Global Game Jam & CEO Of Geogrify LLC – USA
Baraa Abdullah, News Anchor, Bahrain TV

Launch of the DGC Live & Cosplay Arabia: Cosplay Competition

WHAT TO TIK & HOW TO TOK!

Speaker: Scott Thwaites - Head of Gaming & New Markets, MENAT

Leveraging the power of authenticity to drive behavioural change.

ESPORTS INVESTMENTS AND CURRENT MARKET DEVELOPMENTS

Speaker: Michael Broda, CEO of Esports Pro League, Singapore

The ESports space is developing quickly and many changes are taking place in the space. ESports teams are reaching extreme high valuations, new companies and projects are being set-up while game developers, tournament organizers and streaming companies are defining the space. Who is who, where is this industry heading, which opportunities are arising for investors? Find out in this session…

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INVESTOR EDUCATION FOR THE GAMES INDUSTRY

Speaker: Jason Dellarocca, game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert.

In this session Jason will talk about building games ecosystem and entrepreneurship in gaming.

INVITATION TO ALL DEVELOPERS IN MEA TO PUBLISH AND MONETIZE WITH TPAY MOBILE DIRECT ON OPERATORS AND MOBILE MONEY PROCESSORS

Speaker: Sahar Salama - CEO & Founder at TPAY MOBILE
Rehman Rafiq - Account Manager at UDP
Onur Ergüney, Board Member at Payguru

TPAY MOBILE is MEA’s leading digital merchant acquirer, enabling payments acceptance from more than 54 mobile payment types and wallets, which are connected to over 580 million consumers, through a single integration. Mobile payments are a key payment method in the Middle East and Africa, used by over 50% of the population, most of which is underbanked, and TPAY MOBILE leverages direct carrier billing and wallet billing to unlock access to these customers across 24 countries for its merchant partners.

HTC INTRODUCES THE VIVE SYNC: COLLABORATE REMOTELY IN VR

Speakers: Daniel Khayat Head of Product & VIVEPort, MEA, HTC
Nicholas Biswas Business Manager, B2B Lead, HTC

Working remotely? Learn how VR can benefit you and your team. What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? Is it right for your team? Daniel Khayat will take you through Vive Sync, a powerful collaboration tool that harnesses the power of VR to bring together distributed teams.

PIXEL, AL QANA

Speakers: Karim Ibrahim CEO of Robocom VR
Moataz Mashal Managing Director of Al Barakah Holding

The evolution of family entertainment centres catered for gamers by Robocom VR.

GAMING IN AFRICA

Speakers: Bassirou Ba – Managing Director, PTN Digital Technology Park, Senegal
Kofi Sika Latzoo – Founder & Global Creative Director of 360 Gaming Agency Gamecapcities, Senegal
Alex SEA - President of Finetech Africa Forum, Ivory Coast
Eyram Akofa Tawia – Founder & Game Developer LetiArts, Ghana
Oluseye Johnson – Gaming Ecosystem Advisor & Consultant, Nigeria

Understanding the inter-connection required for growth in the industry with all actors from the value chain, smart cities and digital technology parks. Area designed to create opportunities, attract investment and build international standards. The role of governments in creative industries, Finetech and banks, game developers and education and data market geography culture. Which side are you playing?

FULLY DECENTRALIZED GAMING – XAYA

Speaker: Andrew Colosimo, Co-Founder XAYA

XAYA is an open source blockchain designed to host complex decentralised games. In this talk, Andrew will present Taurion and Soccer Manager Elite - 2 ground breaking blockchain games to the audience.

WHAT MBC IS DOING TO BRING ARAB GAMERS TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?

Speaker: Amin El Husseini Mobile Business Development & Sr. Product Manager, MBC Group

THE MENA ECO-SYSTEM – WHAT IS REQUIRED TO MOVE FROM A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO AN EXCITING REALITY?

Speakers: Mo Fadl- CEO- Sandsoft Games, KSA (NEOM)
Mohammad Al Arkobi- Game Developer, KSA
Jason Dellarocca - Game Industry Entrepreneur, Funding Advisor & Cluster Expert, Canada
Layla Albabtain - Game Developer & Lecturer Alyamah University, KSA

‘We have been talking about the potential of the region’s gaming industry for more than a decade. Why? What do we need to put in place help realise the potential, to stimulate local and regional development and publishing, along with attracting international studios and publishers to provide the region’s gamers with the titles they deserve?’

GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENTS IN GCC

Speakers: Essam AlGhamdi - Game Developer & Community Leader, KSA
Youssef Buhazza - Founder of Unreal Bahrain
Dherar AlRashood - Game Developer & Community leader, Kuwait

Game developers from the GCC will share their input on game design and the challenges regarding the GCC region.

WHAT DO ARAB GAMERS WANT?

Speakers: Amr Nasouhy, FIFA Champion & Ahmed Nasheet, Content Creator & Gamer

The challenges faced by Middle Eastern gamers.

WELCOME TO DGC LIVE: DGC Live Recap of Day 1

Speakers: Thomas Shambler, Digital Director of Esquire Middle East

EPIC GAMES, EDUCATION AND LEARNING RESOURCES FOR UNREAL ENGINE, TWINMOTION AND QUIXEL ECOSYSTEM

Speakers: Luis Cataldi- Global Education Evangelist - Epic Games

Epic Games' Global Education Evangelist Luis Cataldi, will share the wealth of online learning resources provided by Epic Games for learning Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, and the Quixel Ecosystem of tools and libraries completely for free in this session. With so many paths to take for learning these amazing and freely available tools, make sure you attend and learn about the ideal choices.

HYPERCASUAL GAMES 2.0 PRESENTATION

Speakers: Zehra Tugce Erul – Division Director - NETMARBLE MENA, Turkey

The trends in the market are changing very fast and game companies adapting to these changes always win. When we observe the data of the games staying in the top charts, we see that they usually stay there for a few months until players switch to a better or just a new hypercasual game. Hypercasual games are consumed very fast due to their simple and uncompetitive nature. So, publishers have two choices; they need to catch the trends very quickly and publish hypercasual games constantly or publish more complex hypercasual games, which we call hypercasual 2.0, so that the success can be more sustainable.

THE GROWTH AND GLOBAL IMPACT OF ESPORTS

Speakers: Joey Brander - CEO & Managing Partner - First Serve Partners, USA
Chris Overholt - CEO - Overactive Media, Canada

How ESports has created a global impact and what is its future. The session will focus on the growth of Esports in-depth.

UAE BLOCKCHAIN STRATEGY

Speaker: Dr. Marwan Al-Zarouni, CEO UAE Blockchain Centre

How is the UAE building the future of Blockchain? Dr Marwan Al-Zarouni sheds light on this topic.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH FAISAL HAMMOUD

Speaker: Faisal Hammoud, Director of Business Development, Dubai Internet City

Dubai Internet City will present their plans for the future of gaming.

BUILDING BETTER WORLDS THROUGH GAME CULTURALIZATION

Speaker: Kate Edwards -Executive Director of the Global Game Jam & CEO Of Geogrify LLC, USA

How do cultures impact game development? In this session Kate Edwards informs us about the importance of culturalization.

BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL VIDEOS

FROM ZERO TO HERO

Speaker: Atle S. Stehouwer - CEO & Founder - Team Singularity, Denmark

The journey and growth of Team Singularity from the grassroots and into the global market. How to build your ESports team from idea to reality, the process from thoughts and ambitions into execution, results, tracking and reporting, with insights to processes, experiences, problems and solutions in an international ESports organisation? How to invest in ESports teams/ organisations and why and what are the commercial angles and synergies with ESports organisations/ teams/ players?

PUBLISHING GAMES IN THE MEA

Speakers: Sahar Salama CEO & Founder of TPAY MOBILE
Anas Ajana, Business Development Manager, Like Card UAE
Raheel Iqbal CEO The Game Storm Studios Pakistan
Asad Mahmood CEO ConsoliAds

A panel gathering leading regional publishers and publishing services experts on the challenges and opportunities of publishing in the region.

MAXIMIZE YOUR GAMES' REVENUE WITH 1 SINGLE INTEGRATION - COMMERCIAL TRACK

Speakers: Ayman Hoshy, Sales Manager at TPAY MOBILE & Maxim de Wit, Head of Content, UDP
Announcement of TPAY Mobile as latest Unity Distribution Portal partner for game distribution in MEA.

VR CONTENT DEVELOPMENT WALK THROUGH

Speakers: Axel Kopprasch, President MEA, VRMADA
Daniel Khayat, Head of Product & VIVEPort MEA, HTC
Marios Bikos, Developer Relations Engineer, HTC

This session is aimed at developers wanting to make the most out of the new capabilities of the VR devices and the SDKs that support them. Topics being covered includes eye tracking, hand tracking, lip tracking and Wave VR SDK.

TRANSFORMER VR

Speakers: Karim Ibrahim, CEO-Robocom VR

Hannah Sweeney, Senior Manager, Location-Based Entertainment – EMEA, Hasbro USA
Hasbro and Robocom VR partner up to create the first-ever Location-Based Entertainment VR simulator-based on the famous Transformers IP.

ESPORTS IN AFRICA

Ife Akintaju- Founder of Afrogamer
Olivier Ona - Digital Strategy - Airtel Telecom, Gabon
Igor Boumekpo - Founder of Madaga - Star Esports, Ghana
Nousra Soulaimana - Sales representative- Gameloft Africa, France
Kevin Meltzer - CEO Big5Games- South Africa
Désiré Koussawo - Co Managing Director ESL France

Is Africa ready for an ESports ecosystem? This and many other questions will be answered during an enlightening conversation amongst gaming industry leaders in Africa.

HOW L2 WILL POWER BLOCKCHAIN GAMING

Speakers: Nirbhik Jangid and Sandeep Nailwal - COO & Co-founder at Matic Network

The session will cover the current blockchain gaming landscape, approaches, their respective pros and cons, and how a Layer 2 would be able to aid the much awaited mass adoption.

AD MONETIZATION IN GAMING WITH BRAND AND PROGRAMMATIC CAMPAIGNS

Speakers: Elvin Altun Noyan: MMA EMEA Business Development Director - Mobile Marketing Association
Aykut Basturk. Business Development Lead: AdColony
Asad Mahmoud, CEO, ConsoliAds
Erkay Uzun - Co-Founder of Unico Studios LLC

Why do developers choose to monetize their games with mobile ads? Looking for the best way to monetize your mobile game? Monetizing with in-app advertising allows your users to play for free while you earn revenue. This session will highlight the best practices for implementing ads in your mobile game with brand and programmatic campaigns.

FROM THE ARAB WORLD TO GLOBAL SUCCESS

Speakers: Fawzi Mesmer Lead Game Designer - Head of Design - DICE (EA)

A conversation with Fawzi Mesmar a success story from the Arab World.

BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL VIDEOS

PANEL DISCUSSION & COSPLAY ARABIA COMPETITION RESULTS

Speakers: Ibrahim Ansari - Executive Editor- Cosplay Arabia Magazine, Bahrain
Baraa Abullah - NEWS ANCHOR- Bahrain TV
Abdullah Amunyyan (aka “extendednyan” on Instagram), KSA
Angel Asaad (aka “Angel.lioness” on Instagram)
Jackie Deeb (aka “yourbrojackie” on Instagram)
Iva Ajtoski (aka “Foxinity” on Instagram)

Cosplay ambassadors from the Arab World will be joining us in a conversation to focus on what is Cosplay, the active communities in the Middle East and discuss the importance and influence of the gaming industry on Cosplay. The session will end with the announcement of the winners from the DGC & Cosplay Arabia Cosplay competition.

LATE NIGHT GAME TALKSHOW

Speakers: Baraa Abdullah- TV Anchor- Bahrain & Rashed El Jawhar - Influencer- Bahrain

Baraa and Rashed will take us on a journey about their favourite games and latest game industry news.

WELCOME TO DGC LIVE: DGC Live Recap of Day 2

Speakers: Eddie Taylor, Head of Content ITP Create, Ahmad al Nasheet, Content Creator & Gamer

AD MONETIZATION IN GAMING WITH BRAND AND PROGRAMMATIC CAMPAIGNS

Speaker: Lamees Ouzon - Business Development Manager for Apps and Gaming, Google, Ireland

How to get more out of your investment on ad monetization in gaming.

POWER UP YOUR GAMING WITH SEAGATE

Speakers: Ahmad Nasheet, Content Creator & Gamer
Rajesh Satpathy - Seagate Sales Manager MEA
İdil Öncül - Seagate Channel Marketing Manager META
Faisal Aljabri - Geekay Marketing Manager and PR

Seagate session sheds light on the technology and evolution of gaming in 2020.

EDUCATION AND GAMES

Speakers: Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson - Founder of Ninjas in Pyjamas & Area Academy, Sweden
Ahmed Gamal, Head of Games Development Department, SAE Institute – UAE
Fadi A Khalek, Managing Director SAE Institute
Robert Hammond – Kidsclever, Lebanon
Aref Abed Co-founder & CEO of Monocle Reality | Mobile Business Manager at MBC group

Games and education and how they can ensure the growth of the ecosystem as well as provide solutions to other industries.

GAME INDUSTRY ECOSYSTEM IN THE UAE

Speakers: Ahmad al Natsheh - Founder of Khosouf Studio, UAE
Dr Sana Farid CEO & Co-Founder of Munfarid,
Vit Kodousek, Co-Founer, Square Motion

IN5 Panel discussion

Welcome to the Future of Gaming

Speaker: Kaspar Tiri, Co-Founder of Wolf 3D

BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL VIDEOS

WELCOME TO DGC LIVE: DGC Live POST BREAK RECAP

PLAYER MANAGEMENT AND PLAYER FOCUS IN TEAMS

Speakers: Tomislav Mihailov - Team Manager - Rogue Sports Europe,
Klaus Kajetski - CEO - Yalla Esport, UAE,
Youssef Mohsen - Founder & Managing Partner - Anubis Gaming, Egypt
Mohamad Morad - Founder Team Nigma
Luciano Rahal- PR & Communications Manager – MENA, Riot Games

Leading Esports team managers will tackle the day to day of running their organisations and teams.

HOW BRANDS CAN PENETRATE THE GROWING ESPORTS SCENE

Speakers: Edouard Griveaud-General Manager Gaming & Esports Webedia Arabia, UAE
Joe Zoghbi, Founder of Divine Vendetta

MAXIMIZE YOUR GAMES' REVENUE WITH 1 SINGLE INTEGRATION - TECHNICAL TRACK

Speaker: Freddy Mounir, Platform Engineering Manager, TPAY MOBILE & Steve Taylor, Product Manager, UDP

Learn how to submit your Game to TPAY MOBILE using Unity Distribution Platform

VIRTUAL REALITY IN LOCATION BASED ENTERTAINMENT

Speakers: Nicholas Biswass, VR Business Manager, HTC
Hussein Shaaban FEC Manager, XtraLife
Plutarch Lee, AVP, VR Enterprise Solutions HTC

This session will feature esteemed panellists from HTC and XtraLife, who will highlight their experiences in LBE business, the concept of Viveland and way forward global trends. The future of VR Innovation in the region with HTC will be discussed.

ROBOCOM VR EXPANDS INTO ESPORTS

Speakers: Karim Ibrahim, CEO-Robocom VR
Hassan Ghandour, CEO- GAME X

Beirut based ESports Company GameX, a new subsidiary of Robocom VR is gearing up to make some waves in the ESports industry.

CONTENT MONETIZATION IN AFRICA

Speakers: Sahar Salama CEO & Founder of TPAY MOBILE
Luana Karen AKA KAELOO Twitch Affiliated Streamer, Founder PROUDGEEK & womenintech , Madagascar
Olivier Ona - Digital Strategy - Airtel Telecom, Gabon
Kofi Sika Latzoo – Founder & Global Creative Director of 360 Gaming Agency Gamecapcities, Senegal

Understanding how to monetize digital content in Africa on global standard with relationship between telcos, banks and content creators.

BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL VIDEOS

FROM THE ARAB WORLD TO GLOBAL SUCCESS

Speakers: Rami Ismail, Founder Of Vlambeer Studio, Netherland

A conversation with Rami Ismail a success story from the Arab World.

VR & Digital Influencer

Speaker: Robert Connor, Founder of Global Venues

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GAME MONETIZATION WITH BLOCKCHAIN

Speaker: Tim Dierckxsens- Co-Founder- Arkane Network, Belgium

Games using Blockchain are no longer in their infancy and the technology is capable of bringing something new to a player's experience. We're going to talk about how games can create and monetise their digital assets and how the technology fits into their monetisation strategy and gameplay.

FRACTIONABLE NFT

Speaker: Christian Hentschel - Co-founder – Tradestars, Argentina

TradeStars Fantasy Sports Stocks Trading is a platform where users monetize on digital assets that represent real-life sports performances. Christian will present TradeStars Fractionable NFTs implementation to the audience.

PANEL DISCUSSION & COSPLAY ARABIA COMPETITION RESULTS

Speakers: Ibrahim Ansari - Executive Editor- Cosplay Arabia Magazine, Bahrain
Baraa Abullah - NEWS ANCHOR- Bahrain TV
Abdullah Amunyyan (aka “extendednyan” on Instagram), KSA
Angel Asaad (aka “Angel.lioness” on Instagram)
Jackie Deeb (aka “yourbrojackie” on Instagram)
Iva Ajtoski (aka “Foxinity” on Instagram)

Cosplay ambassadors from the Arab World will be joining us in a conversation to focus on what is Cosplay, the active communities in the Middle East and discuss the importance and influence of the gaming industry on Cosplay. The session will end with the announcement of the winners from the DGC & Cosplay Arabia Cosplay competition.