2018 Partners

Charity Partner

SpecialEffect uses technology to enhance the quality of life of severely disabled people, including stroke, traumatic injury, life-limiting conditions and injured soldiers. Our mission is to empower anyone – whatever their disability – to participate in games and leisure activities thus aiding rehabilitation, improving self-esteem and encouraging vital inclusion. For more information visit www.specialeffect.org.uk

DATA Partner

Newzoo is the leading provider of market intelligence covering the global games, esports, and mobile markets. We offer our clients an extensive range of solutions, including consumer insights, device and app data, market sizing and forecasting, custom research, and bespoke advisory services. We are proud to work with many of the biggest global entertainment, technology, and media companies, along with many top consumer brands. We are headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in San Francisco and Shanghai and partner offices in six other cities around the world. www.newzoo.com

Media Partners

Gamezebo is a leading editorial and discovery site for games across the world’s most popular devices and gaming platforms – including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, and Facebook. Every month, the site’s elite team of experts post hundreds of reviews, previews, strategy guides and news articles to help our community – which numbers in the millions – to discover the best games, no matter where they play. www.gamezebo.com

Droid Gamers is one of the first sites out there dedicated to Android, launching back in 2009. With a large following on social media, readers have used Droid Gamers as their main source of Android news and updates since the site launched. Droid Gamers covers all types of Android games, software, apps and hardware. www.droidgamers.com

[a]listdaily informs, inspires and features the world’s top marketers to discuss their craft and how they are tackling frontline marketing. Read more.

Innovation & Tech Today is a national quarterly publication in print and digital format offering unique insight into all things science, tech, and business. Showcasing today’s most important thought-leaders, and the most innovative brands, this magazine gives readers looking for a balance of sizzle and substance exactly what they want. With a $9.99 cover price, each perfect bound, texture-covered issue has around 160 pages of award winning journalism, eye-catching photography and the most innovative products on the market. With topics that range from business innovations, connected tech, VR, and gaming to sustainability and STEM education, every issue keeps the reader in the know for a full three months across all sectors of innovation. Finally, because the outdoors and tech go hand-in-hand these days, Innovation & Tech Today’s Outdoor and Adventure section highlights athletes and all of the latest gear. Wherever technology and innovation meet, Innovation & Tech Today is there. More here.

Control500 is a dedicated micro mortems-website. Micro mortems are an evaluation of one particular aspect of a game or its development in 500 words. The articles have topics varying from game design, art, tech, audio to business. Read now here

ICEX – Spain Trade and Investment is a public agency attached to the State Secretariat for Trade, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness whose mission is to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies in order to help them improve their competitiveness, and to promote foreign investment in Spain. ICEX renders its services through a network of almost 100 Economic and Trade Offices around the world. It also boasts 16 Business Centres worldwide, offering Spanish companies temporary infrastructure and acting as incubators for internationalization. Games from Spain is the umbrella brand used by ICEX to organize activities in support of the Spanish mobile games industry. More here

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. We achieve this by campaigning for the industry in the corridors of power, championing the industry in the media and helping our members commercially. Read more here.

Dutch Games Association (DGA) was founded in 2008 in order to create a healthy climate for the Dutch games industry to grow, flourish and expand. As a sector organisation, we fulfil a wide variety of needs to Connect, Serve and Inspire the industry, in the Netherlands and abroad.

DGA organises and attends relevant events and connects interested parties to stimulate business opportunities and general growth of the industry. Furthermore, we act as the voice to the government and international organisations on relevant subjects that are of concern to the Dutch games industry.

It is our mission to help the Dutch games industry reach its full potential by connecting, serving and inspiring the industry on a (inter)national level.

Visit www.dutchgamesassociation.nl to learn more about us.

Gioconews is a very complete gaming network with a monthly review of 100 pages. With our main branch located in Italy, our English and Italian bilingual  magazines are distributed internationally.  We also have an online daily paper (www.gioconews.it). It is the point of reference for gambling industry, with also two other specific online daily news dedicated to the Poker and Casino worlds. Gioconews gives big attention to the gaming world and to the worlds connected with it (politics, economy, business, technology, design, fashion,…). For this reason Gioconews is present at the most important gaming centers, the Italian casinos and the meeting at the European level and the main play appointments. Gioconews, besides the clients of the field, always paid attention first of all for the companies that connect their brands to the gaming, but also for who is trying to reach a very selected public for the social-economic-cultural level that declares an explicit interest for the gaming and entertaining world.

Women in Games (WIGJ) is a not for profit organisation that works to recruit more women into the games industry and to support those already in the industry. It also campaigns to ensure individuals and businesses understand that a more diverse workforce leads to greater productivity and financial success. For more information visit our website here.

International Mobile Games Award (IMGA)  is now the mobile entertainment industry’s leading showcase for groundbreaking innovations, displaying exceptional quality and new trends in mobile entertainment, whether
the games are made for the iPhone, for Android Phones or other platforms.

IMGA has opened their call for entries in the 2017 edition of their global gaming awards. Now in its 14 th year, the IMGA invites all game makers – indie developers, studios, publishers, students and researchers – from all countries to enter their game. Participants have until December 31, 2017 to submit their entries. The competition is free, and entrants may submit multiple games for consideration. For more information click here.

Ukie   Ukie, pronounced you-key, (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. We are a not-for-profit and represent businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR. Meet the team members who are at your service.
Everything we do helps to support, grow and promote our members’ businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by making sure we have the right economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive. click here.

Event Partners

External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event held in Canada, with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization.

XDS will be playing a part in the upcoming Gamesforum London event. We’ll be taking a morning of the event to deliver the “XDS Sessions” – an thought-provoking series of presentations delivered by high-caliber subject matter experts on external development. Click here to visit our website.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE), headquartered in London, is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services in 101 territories across Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Oceania. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Vita, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Now and PlayStation™Vue. SIEE also publishes, markets and distributes acclaimed PlayStation software titles from SIE Worldwide Studios and manages the third party licencing programs for the formats in these territories. For more information click here.

Improbable – Headquartered in London, Improbable is a company dedicated to building technology to enable powerful virtual worlds and simulations designed to help solve previously intractable problems. In gaming and entertainment, this enables the creation of richer, more immersive and persistent virtual worlds. Founded in 2012, Improbable received $20m in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz in March 2015. Horizons Ventures led a $30m follow-on Series A in July 2015, which included Temasek Holdings. In May 2017 Improbable announced a $502m Series B funding round, led by SoftBank. Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures also joined this round with follow-on investments.

Pocket Gamer Connects, the conference series that reaches the heart of the mobile gaming industry, is back in London in January 22-23! Curated by the teams responsible for the world’s leading mobile gaming websites, it’s the essential event for anyone wanting to meet, hear, and learn from the leading figures from every corner of the mobile games industry. Expect 2 full days, with 10+ tracks featuring 200+ speakers focusing on industry trends, funding, influencers, eSports, monetisation, practical development (narrative, UX, audio), HTML5, deal making, indie success, publishing and more. And over 2,000 delegates, representing 700+ companies, will ensure endless networking.

This year we also have XR Connects, a dedicated VR/AR/MR sister event with 4+ tracks, an indie pitch competition, dedicated expo area, and a genuine industry cross-section of companies to engage with.
Additionally, we present PC Connects, focusing on the core issues facing game developers in the PC space, from creative inspiration and technical tricks through to advice on marketing and business in a changing retail environment. Best of all, one ticket allows full access to all conferences! As a bonus, GamesForum community members have a 20% discount by using the code GF20. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the best and the boldest in game business. Register now!