Game X 2021

A conference by Epiphany

November 10-11


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2000+ Attendees

40+ Live Sessions

100+ Speakers, Mentors, Judges

10+ Tracks & Activities

ABOUT

Game X is a gaming, media and entertainment tech conference gathering global influential industry thought leaders to share their experiences, industry trends and creative insights. The event will provide extensive networking and learning opportunities for game developers, publishers, investors, influencers, studios, media houses and more.

Game X aims to unleash limitless creative possibilities that allow newbies and professionals alike to initiate, co-create and collaborate.

Learning to improve the craft of making and selling games? Trying to raise investment? Want feedback on your business? Looking for creative talent? Interested in collaboration for impact?

Join Game X - The Future of Entertainment Tech

Meet our

Speakers, Mentors, Judges & Investors


Cevher Eryürek

Events Director / CFO Vardiya

Chris Chaney

Founder & Managing Partner C4+

Ekaterina Dekalenkova

Business developer & Market Analyst Ketchapp @Ubisoft

Chris Facey

Co-Founder & CEO AudioMob

Maria Oliveira Tamellini

Co-founder & COO GamerSafer

On Yavin

Managing Partner Cointelligence.fund

Sarah Buxton

COO Gala Games

John Osvald

President of Games, at Gala Games

Nyra Mahmood

Managing Director | Simply Sharia Human Capital

Stephanie Rice OAM

CEO Rice Enterprises | TALON Investor

Renee Gittins

Executive Director at International Game Developers Association

Tarja Porkka-Kontturi

Director of Communications at Global Game Jam

Stefan Schmidt

Co-Founder / Managing Director at INDIE Hub UG

Nesligul Kolasinli

Head of Education at Learn2Esport

Michael Liebe

Founder & CEO at Booster Space, Outreach Games for Kickstarter in Europe

Marta Waydel

Fashion Innovation Strategist at iKLEID

Mariam Nusrat

Founder & CEO at GRID

Marcus Foon

Global Program Manager at Indie Games Accelerator & Community, Google

Manal Assaad

Profession: Brand and Digital Experience Expert

James Watson

CMO at XRTech Marketing

Hendrikje Alexis

Founder at Hyperate.io

Faryal Maryam Hussain

CEO at Oddsock Concepts

Elena Shliakhovchuk

Professor at International University of La Rioja (UNIR)

David Smyth

Founder at Bentfield Media

Anya Combs

Anya Combs at Kickstarter

Michael Metzger

Partner at Drake Star Partners

Elena Lobova

Founder at Achievers Hub

Dr. Waqar Saleem

Associate Professor of Computer Science at Habib University

Ty Jackson

Associate at SeventySix Capital

Tim Cullings

Executive Director at Seattle Indies

Novaira Masood

Vice President at PWiC

Jean Baptiste Henry

Publishing Manager at Tapnation

Hayley Macfarlane

Marketing Consultant at The T1 Agency

Bruce Kaider

CEO/Investor at One Sports and Entertainment / TALON esports

Gregory Gettinger

Hightech entrepreneur & Business Executive

Ayesha Samman

Pro ESports Player

Amir Jahangir

Strategic Communication and Media at Mishal Pakistan

Adam Boyne

Technical Lead & Co-Founder at BetaJester

Rizwan Ahmad Malik

Producer at 3rd World Studios

Derek Watford

Co-Founder at High Point Gamer

Abbas Saleem Khan

CEO at Optera Digital

Max Noir

Head of US & Uganda Operations at FXG

Antonio Ribeiro

Visual Effects

Celia Hodent

Game UX Consultant & PhD in Psychology

Shayan Zaeem

President, Worldwide Games at Revolving Games

Amandine Flachs

CEO & Co-Founder at WildMeta

Batuhan Avucan

Founder & Managing Director at Mobidictum

Bilal A. Cheema

Indie Game Developer

Ben Feferman

CEO at Amuka Esports 

Brian Zwerner

Co-Founder at Beyond The Game Network  

Khurram Zafar

Director at 47 Ventures Ltd.

Faraz Ahmed

CEO at Turbo Labz

Danish Hasan

Film Maker / YouTuber at Parallel Studios

Dr. Karen (Kat) Schrier

Associate Professor & Director, Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College

Ed Lantz

CEO at Vortex Immersion Media

Fahad Bubshait

Founder and Creative Director at Nuat Computer Software LLC

Giovanna Melfi

Managing Director at Metamorphosis Biz

Jana AlBdour

Co-Founder at Sakura Games

Jay Powell

CEO at The Powell Group

Lamia Sherim

Marketing Manager at Tamatem

Luke Stapley

Marketing Director at Cocos

Maha Haroon

Game Designer at FRAG Games

Muhammad Bin Zaheer

Chief Commercial Officer at ConsoliAds Pte Ltd

Muhammad Hilal

CEO at Aptechmedia

Olli Vallo

CEO & Co-Founder at Education Alliance Finland

Reine Abbas

CEO/ Co-Founder at Wixel Studios

Sehrish Raza

Founder/CEO at BizB

Sham AlBdour

Co-Founder at Sakura Games

Heidi Cuppari

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Dream Tank

Reedah El- Saie

Founder at Xplorealms

Nahyan Farooq

Chief Design Officer & Co-Founder at QriosityNet

Mahreen "Bunny" Butt

"eSports Host, Caster and Analyst"

Babar Ahmed

Sr. Director Strategy at Lion Studios & Co-Founder & CEO, Mindstorm Studios

Qasim M. Assad

Studio Director at Mindstorm Studios

Ali Shah

Head of Developer Experience at Yodo1

Alex Olthoff

Head of Product at Yodo1

Warda Rashid Khan

Associate Producer at Big Immersive & Connect Lead at Pakistani Women in Computing

Muhammad Waqas

CEO/Co-Founder at WonderTree

Jan Bozarth

Founder/CEO at Aventurine Studio One

Daniyal Noorani

Founder and CEO at Wakhra Studios

Tom Horsey

Angel investor at Ionic Fund

Faizan Laghari

Founder at RNNR

Douglas Ogeto

CEO at LudiqueWorks

Thomas Konig

CEO at Pixie Interactive

Umair Jaliawala

Inspirational Speaker/ Consultant
Torque Corp

Mehran Khan

Art Director at we.r.play

Shehryar Hydri

Managing Partner at Deosai Ventures

Asad Mahmood

CEO / Founder at ConsoliAds

Dr. Owais Shaikh

Intellectual Property Specialist

Bozena Rezab

CEO / Founder at GAMEE

Jonas Gundersen

COO at Ninjas in Pyjamas

Maham Khan

SDET, Switch Platform Team at Unity Technologies

Raheel Iqbal

CEO/Founder at The Game Storm Studios

Amal Jomaa

Head of Fashion at So Real Digital Twins

Sandra Castro

Business Developer at Timba Games

Tracey Wong

Founder at VOOR

Philip van Nedervelde

Founder at E-SPACES

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Scott D. Clary

Senior Director at Grass Valley

Yaser Awan

Director of Labs at Mindstorm Studios

Zac Aeneas Tepe

ESports Dot Connector

Tabea Iseli

Founder at Stardust

Shehab Farrukh Niazi

Founder & CEO at Trailblazer

Mounir Berhmani

CEO & Founder, Signature Network

Darcy Lorincz

CTO at Barrett – Jackson Auction Company

Nathalie Galla

Streaming Content & Influencer Marketing at INDIE Hub

Emma Smith

Head of Talent at Creative Assembly

Sadaf Gul

Animation Director at TechCrow

MASTERCLASSES

Top of the line experts will be conducting masterclasses on Creating Sticky Streams: A Guide for Streamers & Influencers, Creative Fundraising & Game UX and Psychology

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Pitch Fest

Looking for investment for your game, studio, startup, entertainment tech business? We’ve got you covered! Boasting a stellar line up of investors, our Pitch Fest enables you to pitch to them, respond to live Q&A and receive interest.
Interested but not sure if you fit the bill? Here are some guidelines:
• You must be an indie developer, studio or startup working in this space
• You can submit pitches related to sports tech, esports, entertainment tech, edutainment, AR/VR, XR and more
• You can also submit games for mobile, consoles, PC
• One submission only per developer/team
Deadline for applications is November 5. We will inform you about the outcome by November 8. In the meantime, please block your calendar for November 9 from 8 PM to 9.30 PM PKT(GMT+5).

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Pitch It to Win It!

We believe in creating opportunities for everyone! Pitch It to Win It! is a platform for indie developers and designers, aspiring gaming and entertainment tech entrepreneurs, influencers, and others to get fame, (some) fortune, and feedback!
Selected participants pitch to a panel of judges, answer probing questions, and receive candid and useful input on their game, product, or service. After the pitches are over, judges deliberate and decide your fate!
Winning and losing is part of the game. Regardless of the outcome, you will walk away with a better understanding about your game, product, service, or startup. So don’t be shy and do apply!
Deadline for applications is November 5. We will inform you about the outcome by November 8. In the meantime, please block your calendar for November 11 from 2.35 PM to 3.55 PM PKT(GMT+5) and from 8.15 PM to 9.45 Pm PKT (GMT+5).

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Agenda

WEDNESDAY, November 10


9:00 am – 10:00 am

Conference Warm Up

Registrations, E-networking, Virtual Booth Visits, Conference videos

10:00 am – 10:25 am

Welcome Session 

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Bridging the Gap Between Esports & Mainstream Sports

Registrations, E-networking, Virtual Booth Visits, Conference videos


Moderator:
Nesligül Deniz Kolaşinli
Panelists:
Bruce Kaider, CEO, ONE Sports and Entertainment
Stephanie Rice OAM, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist, Brand Ambassador, Mental Performance Coach
12:55 pm – 1:35 pm

Games Industry in 2021: Regional Insights 


Moderator:
Cevher Eryurek, Events Director & CFO at Vardiya​
Panelists:
Luke Stapley, Marketing Director - Overseas at Cocos (China)
Batuhan Avucan, Founder & Managing Director at Mobidictum (Turkey)
Fahad Bubshait, Founder and Creative Director at Nuat (UAE)
Reine Abbas, CEO and Co-Founder of Wixel Studios & CEO and founder of Spica Tech (Lebanon)
Muhammad Hilal, CEO Aptech Media (Pakistan)
1:35 pm – 2:10 pm

HCG Fundamentals - Harder Than You Think


Panelists:
Ekaterina Dekalenkova, Business Developer Ketchapp @Ubisoft
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Nurturing Talent in the Games Industry


Moderator:
Yaser Awan, Mindstorm Studios
Panelists:
Sandra Castro Pinzón, CEO, Tan Grande y Jugando, Colombia
Marcus Foon, Google Accelerator
Maham Khan, Unity
3:55 pm - 4:25 pm

A Vision for Metaverses

What metaverses should aspire to be doing? If they fulfill their potential, what good will they create for humanity?


Moderator:
Samar Hasan
Panelists:
Philip van Nedervelde (UK)
4:30 pm – 4:55

Investing in Games

What metaverses should aspire to be doing? If they fulfill their potential, what good will they create for humanity?


Panelists:
Khurram Zafar, 47 Ventures (Pakistan)
Faraz Ahmed, Turbo Labz (Pakistan)
5:00 pm – 5:40 pm

Future of Education and the Role Games Play


Moderator:
Dr. Waqar Saleem (Habib University) (Pakistan)
Panelists:
Dr. Paul Darvasi, Gamification in Education, Sessional Lecturer, University of Toronto & Writer, speaker, game designer, researcher, educator
Jana Al Badour, Sakura Games (Jordan)
Olli Vallo, CEO at Education Alliance Finland (Finland)
5:45 pm - 6:10 pm

Intersection of Games and Responsible Fashion Consumption


Moderator:
Sehrish Raza, Founder, BizB
Panelists:
Marta Waydel, Fashion Innovation Strategist at iKLEID & Co-Founder at Portobello - Zürich, Switzerland
Daniella Loftus, Founder at This Outfit Does Not Exist - United Kingdom
6:10 pm - 6:40 pm

Leveraging Different Channels to Market Your Game


Moderator:
Manal Assad
Panelists:
Anna Kate DeBerardino, Social Media Guru + Lifestyle Blogger (NYC, USA)
Hayley Macfarlane, Marketing & Communication Consultant, The T1 Agency (Toronto, Canada)
Anya Combs, Director of Games Outreach at Kickstarter (NYC, USA)
Muhammad bin Zaheer, CCO, Consoliads (Pakistan)
Thomas Bidaux Crowdfunding, Online Video Games, Publishing
7:15 pm – 7:45 pm

Game Design & Development: Indie Dev Perspective


Moderator:
Tim Cullings, President Seattle Indies & Director of Operations at The Global Game Jam
Panelists:
Tabea Iseli, Stardust
Faryal Hussain, Oddsock Concepts
Sham AlBdour, Co-Founder, Sakura Games
Stefan Schmidt, Indie Game Fest
7:50 pm - 8.10 pm

Future of Work: How play to earn gaming reshapes the way we think about work


Moderator:
Sarah Buxton, COO, Gala Games
Panelists:
Brian Zwerner
8:15 pm - 8:35 pm

Why You Should Understand the Business Side of Games


Panelists:
Jay Powell, The Powell Group
8:40 pm - 8:55 pm

Digital Domes: Bridges Between Real and Virtual Worlds

Digital domes envelop large audiences in 360 immersive environments without the need for VR headsets, AR glasses or other wearables. Digital dome pioneer Ed Lantz will discuss the potential of digital domes to create interactive events that span both real and virtual worlds. Case studies are presented including BRCvr's Domensions camp in Burning Man's multiverse hosted on the AltspaceVR platform and Childish Gambino's Pharos dome concert series. The impact of emerging technologies such as real-time volumetric capture and high performance game engines are explored.


Panelists:
Ed Lantz
9:45 pm - 10:15 pm

Three Decades in the Arts and Entertainment Industry


Moderator:
Nyra Mahmood
Panelists:
Jan Bozarth, Founder/CEO Aventurine Studio One
1:25 pm - 1:35 pm

Tennis Esports

Stage 2 Live


Moderator:
Mahnoor Suhail
Panelists:
Gregory Gettinger, Founder & CEO VR Motion Learning
1:40 pm - 1:55 pm

Visual Effects Industry in Films and TV Series: An Industry in Expansion

Stage 2 Recorded


Moderator:
Mahnoor Suhail
Panelists:
Antonio Ribeiro, Digital Compositor at Rodeo FX, Toronto
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Making Early-Stage Investments

Stage 2 Live


Moderator:
Mahnoor Suhail
Panelists:
Tom Horsey, Business Angel and very early-stage VC investor (MVP+) in Malta, Spain and Portugal. Co-founder at StartupLabs Spain/Malta & Ionic VC Funds
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Future of Entertainment: Why TV Companies Should Be Worrying

Stage 2 Live


Moderator:
Matt Wickens, Media & Entertainment at Yas Creative Hub, Four Communications
Panelists:
David Smyth, Founder & business leader at Bentfield Media
Amir Jahangir, Co-Founder & CEO at Rinstra Technologies (Pvt) Ltd
Kiaron Finnegan, Director of Regulatory & Business Affairs Information TV Limited
TBD (Someone from Twitch)
3:05 pm - 3:50 pm

Wonder Women in the Gaming World

Stage 2 Recorded


Moderator:
Vladimira Mesko Briestenska, Founder and Partner Neem Exponential
Panelists:
Tarja Porkka-Kontturi, Director of Communications at The Global Game Jam
Hira Jamshed/Maha Mehdi, Tintash
Maha Haroon, Game Designer, Frag Games
Renee Gittins, IGDA
Tamatam
5:35 pm - 5:50 pm

No-code for Purposeful Video Games

Stage 2 Live


Moderator:
Maham Javed
Panelists:
Mariam Adil, Founder of GRID, Education Specialist at World Bank, Forbes Next1000 entrepreneur, Tedx Speaker, Innovator
7:50 pm – 8:50 pm

Creating Sticky Streams: A Guide for Streamers & Influencers

Stage 2 Tips for content creators on making their live streams more engaging, emotional and exciting for their audience


Moderator:
60 minutes
Panelists:
Hendrikje Alexis, Founder, Hyperate.io
9:00 pm - 10:15 pm

E-networking, Virtual Booths, sponsor videos, potential to have networking around certain topics

Networking Lounge


Moderator:
Samar Hasan/ Asad Ehmed/ Mohib/ Maham/ Yaser/ Hilal/ Hira/ Maha/ Faryal

WEDNESDAY, November 11


9:00 am – 10:00 am

Conference Video SoundBytes Video

Stage 1

9:10 am - 9:25 am

Recap of Day 1 Day 1 Highlights Video Opening Remarks by Sponsor

Stage 1

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Shift in Entertainment from Cinema to Handheld Devices: A Conversation with Content Creators

Stage 1


Moderator:
Muzammil Hasan
Panelists:
Danish Hasan
Shahzad Nawaz
Waliya Najeeb
Ammara Hikmat
Momina Munir
Ali Gul Pir
Irfan Junejo
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

Simply Unreal: Creative Use of a Game Engine for Industrial Automation, Music & Film

Stage 1


Moderator:
TBC
Panelists:
Rizwan Ahmed Malik (confirmed with time)
Bilal Khan, Render Lounge
Yasir Jaswal
1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

Animation for Impact

Stage 1


Moderator:
Faisal Sherjan

Panelists:
Daniyal Noorani, Wakhra Studios (Quaid Say Baatein)
Aaron Haroon Rashid, Unicorn Black founder/International pop star, creator of Burka Avengers
SOC Films
Sarah Farooq, COO, Taleemabad
Sarah Farooq, COO, Taleemabad
2:35 pm to 3:55 pm

Pitch It to Win It! Part I

Stage 1


Moderator:
TBC (Umair/ Faizan)
Panelists:
Tilomai Ponder, Douglas Ogeto, Swit, Esme Pau, Yechuan (Charlie) Hu
4:00 pm - 4:25 pm

Two Sides of the Coin: Entrepreneur to Investor

Stage 1


Moderator:
TBC
Panelists:
Chris Chaney, Founder & Managing Partner, C4+; Co-Founder & Board Member, Limitless Studios; Co-Founder & Board Member, BetPro Group
4:30 pm – 4:55 pm

Commercialization of Esports

Stage 1


Panelists:
TBC
Panelists:
Jonas Gundersen, COO Ninjas in Pyjamas (Denmark)
Zac Aeneas Tepe, Esports Dot Connector at ZACTIVATE (US)
5:00 pm – 5:20 pm

Funding Your Game: A Case Study of Lost Words

Stage 1


Panelists:
Mark Backler, Founder & Creative Director @ Sketchbook Games
6:10 pm - 6:50 pm

Investment in Esports

Stage 1


Moderator:
TBC (Pakistani)
Panelists:
Paul Dawalbi (New York)
Lucy Chow, Investor, WBAF Senior Senator, Board Director, Video Host, Speaker, eSports author (UAE)
Mark O'Sullivan, KPMG Industry Specialist - Video Games, Esports, iGaming, Industry Specialist - Video Games, Esports and Gaming, Assistant Manager, Gaming Industries KPMG
6:55 pm - 8:10 pm

Pitch It to Win It!


Moderator:
Amal Dokhan - Partner, 500 Startups MENA at 500 Startups Saudi Arabia
Panelists:
Michael Metzger, Media & Tech Investment Banker at Drake Star Partners (California)
Justin Berenbaum, VP Strategic Planning at Xsolla & GM Xsolla Funding Club at Xsolla (Los Angeles, US)
Spike Laurie, Venture Director at Hiro Capital (London)
Elisa Alvares, Corporate Finance for Institutional Investors in Media & Entertainment
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Emergent Technologies Meet Game Development: How Blockchain is Shaping Tomorrow's Gaming Industry


Moderator:
Dr. Talha NUST (Samar)/ Dr. Owais
Panelists:
Thomas Kønig <tom@pixieinteractive.io> (confirmed)
John Osvald, President of Games, at Gala Games (TBC)
Bozena Rezab, CEO & Co-founder at GAMEE
Heidi Cuppari, Dream Tank
9:45 pm - 10:15 pm

Emergent Technologies Meet Game Development: AI and Data Science in Games


Moderator:
Asema Hasan (TBC)
Panelists:
Amandine Flachs
Emily Short – AI in games (Spear AI) community moderation tools
Dr. Luke Dicken, Director of Applied AI, Zynga
10:15 pm - 10:30 pm

Closing


Panelists:
Pitch Fest Winners Announcement Game Jam Announcement Thank You"
12:25 pm – 12:55 pm

Adopting a Release Management Strategy in Your Game

Stage 2


Panelists:
Anastasiia Yamkova, Release Manager, Innovecs
1:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Masterclass on Animation

Stage 2


Panelists:
Usman Riaz, Mano or Wakhra Studios or Donkey King
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Impact & Relevance of Audio in Gaming

Stage 2


Panelists:
Christian Facey, Founder and CEO at AudioMob (UK)
2:35 pm to 3:35 pm

Creative Fundraising

Stage 2


Panelists:
Michael Liebe, Founder & CEO; Booster Space, Outreach Games for Kickstarter
3:40 pm - 4:20 pm

Working with Publishers for Success

Stage 2


Moderator:
"Maha Mehdi or Hira Jamshed"
Panelists:
Martine Spaans, Owner Tamalaki
Jamie Allinson, Director of Publishing, Partnerships at AppOnboard/Buildbox (UK)
Adjust GmbH
RG and/or Mindstorm
Tamatam
6:10 pm - 6:50 pm

Games for Impact

Stage 2


Moderator:
Tarja Porkka-Kontturi, Director of Communications at The Global Game Jam & Business Development Manager, The International Games Summit on Mental Health (Finland)
Panelists:
Dr. Karen (Kat) Schrier, Associate Professor & Director, Games & Emerging Media program, Marist College, Author, We the Gamers (Oxford University Press), Author, Knowledge Games (Johns Hopkins University Press), Editor, Learning, Education, & Games book series (ETC Press/Carnegie Mellon), Author, Designing Ourselves (Center for Technology & Society), Games & Media Expert, Designer, Innovator, Researcher, Educator, Writer, Speaker Talks about games, design, empathy, games4ed (US)
Muhammad Waqas, WonderTree (Pakistan)
Reedah El Saie, Xplorealms (Pakistan/UK)
Dr. Elena Shliakhovchuk, Professor, Researcher, DGBL Expert, Author, Intercultural Trainer, International University of La Rioja (UNIR)

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Tracks

Global games and esports analytics, trends, research, and insights
Essentials of creating games, advice about different stages of game dev, narrative, audio/UI.UX design, arts and visuals, user retention, entering new markets, monetization, finding right teams, case studies
Learn about emerging tech, products and platforms in games and tech entertainment and enhance your technical skills
New metaverses are popping up left, front, and center, all vying to become the next big thing on the internet, hopeful to dwarf Facebook and the greatest massively-multiplayer game universes. Learn about metaverses and the changes they will bring for living, working and playing.
Funded studios, Indies and investors share candid advice to secure investment
Conquer the hypercasual niche in games, understand the basics and methodology of HCG, leveraging social platforms for distribution
Meet the boss ladies of this industry and learn about their career paths, challenges they faced and overcame.
Discover gamification of different industries. Explore the crossover of games and tech entertainment (film, TV, media, music, animation, VFX, comics, books, pop culture)
Learn how to cultivate a strong community and experience the power of tech for accessibility, inclusion and the SDGs
Economics of esports; career as pro-gamers, influencers, streamers, journalists, coaches & esports education; intersection of esports & brands. Meet influencers, streamers & gamers as they play games

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