Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 Jukka Huiskonen , ,

Things are getting heated in the Finnish game industry and one of the hottest companies in town is throwing Christmas party with us: Supercell!

New console generation is just around the corner and another year is upon us, which makes December Gathering the best place to meet up and reflect on the awesome past year. Supercell will make sure that you won’t get thirsty while thinking! So come join us in the Club Adams for the most Super Christmas party this year with IGDA Finland and Supercell and lets ready ourselves for the year 2014. See you there!

IGDA Finland December Gathering & Christmas Party
Time: 10.12.2013 at 19.00
Place: Club Adams, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 sonjak , , , , , , ,

Slush Games track will occupy the Black Stage on November 13th.
Check out the Games track program.

At 11:30am 10 mobile game startups will hit the stage. Each one will have one lesson to share with the crowd from the first leg of their journey. After the learnings we’ll involve Kristian Segerståle and Aki Järvilehto into the discussion. What will these two experienced game developers / business leaders have to say to the startups?

The startups: Gajatri Studios (Tiina), Headnought Games (Pauli), PlayRaven (Lasse), Fat Lemon Games (Jani), Rival Games (Jukka), Boomlagoon (Antti), Small Giant Games (Markus), Nonstop Games (Juha), Tuliotus (Sami) and SongHi (Daniel).


Other gaming related events during Slush:

- Facebook’s “Getting started with Parse ­- the new way to build” workshop at the Slush Basement on November 13th – 11:00am – 1.45pm. Facebook will organise four 20 minute sessions in a row. No pre-registration needed.

The workshop will focus on:
- User acquisition using Facebook’s Mobile App Ads
- Growing your game using Facebook’s social channels
- Cross platform social integration with Unity

- Neogames & IGDA Finland game industry mingle at 5pm White Stage – meet other investors, publishers and developers. Snacks and drinks available.

- Official Slush party on November 13th from 9pm onwards

- Women in Games networking event on November 14th, at 5pm (Teatterimuseo)

From developers – for developers:
IGDA Finland, Neogames, and Supercell have joined forces to launch a new free-to-play gaming summit in Helsinki called Free Your Play.

The one-day event will be held on June 19 and will feature a keynote by Peter Molyneux.

Apply for a ticket.

Pocket Gamer has teamed up with Neogames and the IGDA Finland with support from Cocoa China and Papaya Mobile, to organize Pocket Gamer Mobile Mixer in Helsinki.

Pocket Gamer’s Mobile Mixers unite the greatest minds and freshest faces in the world of mobile games development with a heady mixture of presentations, panels, and networking – all gently lubricated with a little complimentary booze.

The Program

Doors Open (5pm)

Welcome – Chris James, MD – Pocket Gamer

Market Spotlight: China
Cocoa China’s US GM Lei Zhang, explains why it makes sense to look East right now!

Market Spotlight: Russia
Nevosoft’s Business Development Director, Julia Lebedeva points out that one of the fastest growing app markets is right on your doorstep

Acquisition & Monetisation Panel:

The hottest topics relating to recruiting users and making money discussed with industry luminaries.
Chris Hanage, GM – Papaya Mobile
Tommy Palm, Mobile Guru – King
Thorbjörn Warin, CMO – Grand Cru
Jon Jordan, Editor at Large – PocketGamer.Biz

Recruitment Focus
Looking to advance your career? Look no further.
Grey Area

Battle Panel – Big Vs Small
Is it better to stay small, nimble and retain full creative control or do you need to think big to survive in the increasingly competitive market place? Chris James is your referee for a tru david vs goliath battle featuring leading industry heavyweights.
Chris James, MD – Steel Media
Illkka Paananen, CEO – Supercell
Markus Pasula, CEO – Grand Cru Games
Jami Laes, SVP Games – Rovio
Johannes Vuorinen, Co-Founder – Frogmind

Sign up to the event: Eventbrite.

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 Jukka Huiskonen , , ,

We’ve done it! 404 visitors. And no, this is not an error. The evening was even more spectacular than we had hoped for. Thank you for everyone! Your enthusiasm never ceases to amaze us.

You may have spotted a few unusual visitors within the crowd. Some had traveled to Helsinki from Turku or Kajaani, others from across the seas. Did you recognize Kate Edwards, the Executive Director of IGDA? Or Kadri Ugand from the recently founded IGDA Estonia?

Our wonderful sponsor Supercell deserves a big thank you. The cryptic flashlight mentioned in the invitation turned out to be a neat photo booth, and we got some compelling pictures of you guys. It was heartwarming to see you embrace all the hats and wigs.

All in all the evening was a success. We have once again proven that the developers know how to party. See you next time!