Friday, May 22, 2015 Niina Pesonen , ,

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Registration to the seminar is required. To RSVP book a ticket on the event’s EventBrite page.

The evening will continue at 19:00 as IGDA Finland June Gathering, sponsored by TUNE.

Please note that this is the last gathering of the spring season, so make sure to stop by and say hello to your fellow devs before they disappear for the summer! The fall season starts in September when the gatherings will resume as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Niina Pesonen , , ,

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Hundreds of game devs flocked to Cable Factory on Tuesday, May 12, as Games First 2015 took place. The event, hosted once again by Supercell, consisted of hours of talks and lots of good times with like-minded industry professionals. Sufficient supplies of coffee, candy and cola kept the spirits high throughout the day and when the clock hit 7 PM we were treated to some delicious drinks while mingling.

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The day started with veteran game designer Rob Pardo offering his insight on designing multiplayer games. He’s had his hands on major Blizzard titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo series, Starcraft and Hearthstone so obviously we were quite thrilled to hear what he had to say on the topic.

Pardo’s talk was followed by Karoliina Korppoo’s presentation on the hugely successful Cities: Skylines. As the lead designer of the game she told us a bit of how it all came together and why it became a Steam blockbuster.

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In the afternoon Thomas Puha took us down the memory lane as we were shown some of the defining moments in Finnish gaming history. Looking through the slides it was an excellent reminder that we’ve got a great thing going on here!

The last but not least presentation was held by Chief Pat and Galadon, two of the most renowned Clash of Clans YouTubers. They spoke about the mutually beneficial relationship game companies and YouTubers can have; about why it’s good for both parties and how to get the community excited and creating content about your game.

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After all the talks were done it was time for the grand finale: a few dozen studios from Finland and around the world showed what they were working on in 3-minute pitches. The pitching sessions included a very wide array of different types of games in terms of genre – platform-wise the trend was clearly more focused on mobile devices.

The day was brought to an end by a feast appropriate to the festive spirit of the event. With bellies full from the delicious dinner everyone was ready to rock in a true afterparty fashion, and I believe I can say on behalf of all guests: thank you Supercell for another awesome event and we hope there’s many more to come!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 Niina Pesonen , , ,

If you still haven’t joined IGDA Finland ry and want to join us for May Gathering and Games First 2015 after party on Tuesday, today is your last chance to register as a member! Join before midnight today (May 10, 2015, 23:59 EEST) and your access is ensured. Registrations any later than the deadline are not guaranteed to make it to the name list, so to make sure your entry to the event is hassle-free we recommend becoming a member sooner rather than later.

See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Niina Pesonen , , ,

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Oh my, it’s once again the time for one fabulous night in Helsinki with IGDA. This time the gathering is merged with the Games First After Party at Kaapelitehdas hosted by Supercell.

Because this is obviously one of the most popular industry events of the year and we expect a massive amount of visitors, the gathering is only open for IGDA members and Games First guests this time. This is our way of giving a special thank-you treat to our members for your support, so remember to take your IGDA membership cards with you and show them at the door.

Don’t forget that studio affiliate members are included in this invite as well! Moreover, if you are a member and haven’t received your membership card yet (or join before the event!), there will be a name list at the door to make sure you won’t get left out.

Welcome to Merikaapelihalli, see you there next week!

IGDA Finland May Gathering
Time: 12.5.2015 at 19:00
Location: Kaapelitehdas, Merikaapelihalli, Door M1,
Tammasaarenlaituri 5, Helsinki, Finland

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 Jonna Rantanen , , , ,

The spring has finally arrived to this northern city far, far away. The hot Finnish gaming industry threw away its padded winter clothing and gathered at El Jefe again in April. This time we had a seminar before the monthly gathering event, and guess what… the seminar tickets were actually sold out. The seminar Evolving into the Future was sponsored by Google.

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We had three very talented speakers: Noah Falstein, Robert Nyman and Mandy Waite.

Noah Falstein is the chief game designer at Google and a true veteran in the game industry. Falstein spoke about the transmogrified reality, meaning the amazing possibilities that the recent technological developments raise, such as the magical opportunities with virtual reality. Falstein also gave a surfing lesson to the Finnish audience, just like he had promised.

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After Falstein the stage was occupied by Robert Nyman, who talked about the tools and options that Google offers for game developers. In his presentation Level up your game with Google Nyman presented interesting numbers about business drivers, retention and player progression. The presentation slides can be found here.

Next there was Mandy Waite from Google Cloud Platform’s team. She talked about Firebase, which is a solution that helps developers focus on the applications rather than backend programming and servers.

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After the seminar the doors were opened to the monthly gathering. We had once again over 200 game industry people at El Jefe.

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Thanks to our sponsor Google!

Thank you El Jefe!

Keep on rocking everyone and see you again at May!

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