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Post-Conference Report from Casual Connect USA 2017 in Seattle

Four-day Casual Connect USA conference and pre-conference events featured over 250 speakers, non-stop networking and Indie Prize Seattle winners

SEATTLE, USA – Aug 10, 2017 | Casual Connect USA 2017, the International trade event for the video games industry hosted by Computer Games Association (CGA), just completed yet another successful show at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

This year Casual Connect USA offered nine different tracks in four lecture halls on August 1-3: Industry Insights, Casino, Market Navigation, The Business of Games, Design & Development, Design Innovator, Next-Gen, Growth, and Audio. Two special events were held on July 31:   LiveOps Connect and United in Diversity. Casual Connect also partnered with IGDA for its recurring mentorship program – this time bringing IGDA’s Mentor Cafe to the show.

Over 250 speakers from companies including RealNetworks, Resolution Games, Roblox, Glu Mobile, VentureBeat, Electronic Arts, Team17, Devolver Digital, tinyBuild, Execution Labs, Novomatic Greentube, Ruby Seven Studios, Tropicana Entertainment, Spin Games, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Product Madness, GameCo, Gamblit Gaming, Leet, The Downtown Grand,  Skydance Interactive, Google and many more shared their experience and industry insights.

For a complete schedule of the speakers and topics from the conference, please visit http://usa.casualconnect.org/schedule.html.

“Casual Connect's return to Seattle in 2017 was an unqualified success. Industry leaders, creators, and entrepreneurs were networking, doing business, learning and hearing valuable insights into the ever changing games market.” says Sasha Paleeva, Content Development Manager at Casual Connect. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to Casual Connect Kyiv in October.”

The international Indie Prize scholarship program funded by CGA gave indie developers a platform to present their games in its showcase. The best and brightest developers were awarded in nine categories – with the winners being announced at the 19th Indie Prize Awards on August 3 at Casual Connect USA 2017. Find the full list of nominees and winners  here.

Submission forms for upcoming Indie Prize showcases in Kyiv, Ukraine; Disneyland® Hotel, USA; London, United Kingdom - are currently open:

Casual Connect Kyiv 2017 | October 24-26, 2017 | Apply BEFORE August 30, 2017

Casual Connect USA 2018 | January 16-18, 2018 | Apply BEFORE November 15th, 2017

Casual Connect Europe 2018 | May 29-31, 2018 | Apply BEFORE March 31st, 2018

For more information about Casual Connect and   Indie Prize please visit the official websites or watch last year’s highlight video on Casual Connect’s official YouTube channel.

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About Casual Connect

Launched in 2005, Casual Connect is hosted by Computer Games Association (CGA), bringing together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for gaming professionals. CGA will host  Casual Connect Kyiv on October 24-26, 2017, Casual Connect USA 2018 at Disneyland® Hotel on January 16-18, 2018, and Casual Connect Europe 2018 on May 29-31, 2018. See the full schedule of Casual Connect events for 2017-2018 at   http://casualconnect.org/events.html.

About Computer Games Association

Computer Games Association is an international trade organization dedicated to promoting games and providing educational resources for the game development community. The association hosts annual conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Kyiv and Tel Aviv; runs online gaming news website gamesauce.biz ; and issues research reports on the games industry. For more information about the association, visit http://www.cga.global . All lectures from past events can be watched at the official Casual Connect YouTube channel.

About Indie Prize and Premium Dev Showcase

Indie Prize is a scholarship program for up-and-coming indie development teams who show promise as future leaders in the games industry. Indie Prize offers participants an opportunity to learn and network with other indie game developers and showcase their games, skillsets, and ideas to publishers and potential partners. The Premium Developer Showcase is an upgraded option of Indie Prize for game developers who want to showcase their games in a larger space. The premium package includes two tickets, a premium listing with logo and a premium showcase location.


Yuliya Moshkaryova

Computer Games Association

Website:  http://cga.global/

Skype: yuliya.moshkaryova

Phone:  +380992110470

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