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AI, Metaverse, Web3 And Blockchain Gaming Speakers At Next Week’s PG Connects Helsinki

Two-day conference schedule features 20 seminar tracks by industry leaders exploring the cutting edge of the games industry

Steel Media’s series of global games industry conferences returns to Finland next week for Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki. Next Tuesday and Wednesday September 12th to 13th, over 1,600 games industry professionals from all around the globe will head to Helsinki for two days full of networking opportunities and game-changing insights from brilliant speakers.

Filling 20 wall-to-wall conference tracks across both days, they will share their expert insight on everything from monetisation models and new markets to industry trends and predictions as well as the latest information on artificial intelligence, the metaverse, web3 and much more.

With four of the 20 tracks focusing on exactly the kind of emerging tech in games that we cover on Beyond Games, here are the industry thought leaders delivering those seminars.

L-R: Chadwick, Elmasri, Smith, Kjellstrom, Fodor

AI Advances

PopScreen Games CEO Davy Chadwick will explain how developers can make the leap to generating game content, while Nasser Elmasri, founder at Ludo World will share his journey with generative AI and the exciting possibilities it has opened up. With a particular focus on how this technology has played a pivotal role in developing interactive fiction-type games, Elmasri will also shed light on its limitations.

Toby Smith, head of product at Telescope Labs asks of LLM analysis, ‘Is that the future?’ And anybody looking to add artificial intelligence to their development resources shouldn’t miss the panel session, The Best AI Tools for Game Developers and How To Use Them. You’ll hear how game developers and marketers are incorporating AI tools into their workflows to streamline processes and reduce workloads – as well as retrain staff on AI tools and navigate the ethical issues and legal challenges that come with using AI. Speakers include Davy Chadwick, CEO at PopScreen Games; Daff Kjellstrom, managing director at Dimoso; and Peter Fodor, CEO and founder at AppAgent.

L-R: Palm, Jarrar, Hibbins, Kaukonen, Barleben

Virtual Visions

The track dedicated to VR, AR and MR kicks off with a fireside chat with Resolution Games’ CEO Tommy Palm as he shares insights from his decades in the games industry and discusses what the future holds for the sector.

Ziad Jarrar, CEO and founder of Mark:MetaEarth explores the blurring lines between real and virtual worlds, while Duc Le explains how to speed up your VR/XR development process.

And the climactic final panel session asks the big question – is spatial computing finally ready for the mainstream? With the launch of Apple’s VR headset soon, hear the latest industry insights from panelists including Jon Hibbins, CEO and founder at Psytec Games; Petri Rajahalme, founding partner at FOV Ventures; Ida-Emilia Kaukonen, senior community manager at Varjo; Eero Tiainen, creator of Avatar’s Journey/FIVR; and Christina Barleben, CEO and creative director at Thoughtfish.

L-R: Grahek, McGrath, Arponen, Burbela, Konttinen

Building On Blockchain and Web3 Wonders

Jure Grahek, SVP of strategic initiatives at Zebedee will lay out the roadmap for the successful implementation of a play-and-earn monetisation strategy that places as much emphasis on fun as it does on finance.

It’s a theme that will also be picked up on by the panel session that’s all about building blockchain games that are actually fun. Experts onstage will include Jari Pauna, CEO at Supremacy Games; Patrick McGrath, CEO and co-founder at Moonlit Games; Elina Arponen, CEO & co-founder at V; Karl Blomsterwall, CEO at Nibiru; and Katerina Burbela, BD manager at remote control productions.

Creative Mobile’s Paul Flanagan will chart Web3’s progress to date in gaming, while FrontRunnrs CEO Mirela Moldovan will dive headfirst into the twisted world of headhunting in the epic battle of Web2 versus Web3.

Lastly, a panel session will explore where AAA web3 games exist on the current timeline. Are they already here or is a AAA web3 game still a pipe dream at the moment? Hear from Orel Sror, co-founder CSO and head of Web3 at OviO Gaming; Marja Konttinen, founder at Transparent Eyeball; and Paul West, CEO at Fumb Games.

If you want to hear first-hand from the experts on these four tracks – as well as 16 other tracks covering everything from monetisation to live ops – at next week’s two-day conference, tickets are on sale now. is part of the Steel Media network of business sites.

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Steve is an award-winning editor and copywriter with more than 20 years’ experience specialising in consumer technology and video games. With a career spanning from the first PlayStation to the latest in VR, he's proud to be a lifelong gamer.

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