Casual Connect's Mentorship Program gives game creators a chance to talk personally with an industry expert and ask any questions they have, including those which cannot be asked in front of an audience. While the mentees get to take advantage of advice and feedback, mentors get a better understanding of developers’ current needs and interests – as mentors are also more than welcome to ask questions!
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Take a look through the following documents to learn how to make the most of your time at conferences, gain a deeper understanding of business development, and much more.
20 Tips for a Great Conference. Conferences and conventions are an incredibly effective (and often fun) means of networking with people who share your interests and goals, and may also be a great source of new business opportunities. Here are 20 tips that will help you make the most of any business event you attend!
Go-Go-Gadget Business Development. One of the best things you can do to support your company’s long-term stability and growth is business development. This guide will introduce you to basic business development skills and useful programs and software, as well as tips for integrating business development into your daily routine.
Pitching to a Publisher. When dealing with a publisher, there are aspects you need to know how to handle and be ready for. This guide provides step-by-step instructions to make sure you bring your A-game to the publishers you're seeking to work with.
Are you an established game developer? Come to Casual Connect to foster relationships with other developers, gain exposure for your professional development team and beautiful games, and learn how to succeed in the new games ecosystem.
Indie Prize is a scholarship and competition focused on the up and coming creative force of the games industry. Across four global events, over 500 teams showcase their games and compete for prizes and the coveted Indie Prize Awards.
We are happy to officially announce that Casual Connect and the international Indie Prize scholarship – due to KID'IT's initiative – have added a new category to our program: Indie Prize KIDS League International. The best games created by the youngest game developers from all over the world will be chosen in three categories:
– the best game in category 5-6 years old
– the best game in category 7-8 years old
– the best game in category 9-10 years old
Criteria that will be taken into consideration by our international jury are the same as the criteria for grown-ups: game design, fun factor, art and sound. Submissions are due December 1. Those interested can apply HERE now.
KID'IT is the first EdTech platform of offline courses started in Ukraine that focuses on creativity development through technology for children (5-10 years old) and their parents. The main aim of the project is to shift child usage of technology from passive to active, giving them the understanding of how to create their own stories and games and giving them the feeling of what global citizenship is like.
Three finalists will be announced on January 18 during the Indie Prize Awards Ceremony at Casual Connect USA.
Casual Connect features topics that really matter to creating a successful developer. Staying in business and staying independent is a topic we take seriously.
Game Dissecting by Teut Weidemann. Amazingly detailed insider knowledge and analysis of what makes the best games tick.
Evil Game Design Challenge. On its fifth installment the EGDC is one of the most popular sessions at Casual Connect with a tongue-in-cheek exploration on the application of the new age of monetization.
Inspiration and best practices. Every year, Casual Connect invites a selection of rocking established studios such as Rovio, Nordeus, Plarium, BigPoint, Gamevil, Innogames, Goodgame Studio, Wooga and Resolution Games.
Developer success stories from luminaries such as Matt Hall and Andy Sum of Crossy Road, Yiwei P’ng of Kurechii, and Jakob Lykkegaard of PlayLab to indies staying indie.