Casino Gaming - Rigging the Mobile Game Deck
The mobile game industry has been rapidly growing since 2009! From $67 billion in 2012, it is predicted to reach $82 billion in 2017! Everybody wants a piece of the pie - including the casino industry. Just last year alone, we have seen numerous acquisition of social / mobile game studios by casino companies! We are excited to see how this plays out as casinos start marketing to social players and as online gambling becomes legal in more territories.
For our upcoming San Francisco Game Developer's Workshop series, we're proud to have Sumit Gupta (the creator of the #1 cross platform BINGO game in the world), Gerard Cunningham (the founder of Koolbit - with more than a million users for its City Slots Casino and having some of the highest rankings on the Google Play market), YuChiang Cheng (co-founder and CEO of WGT - home to the most engaged online sports fans and is the largest golf website in the world) and James Gatto (Attorney from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, ranked the best gaming law firm by Interactive Age) sharing their experiences and insights in this market.
So, join us on Tuesday, February 26th at 6PM to learn from the experts, find out what to expect of casino gaming, and discover new insights that might help you as well! As always, we will be providing unlimited cans of Red Bulls, deliciously homebrew H.wood specialty tea, all you can drink Vodka, with soothing music on top.
6:00pm - 7:00pm ---------------------- Opening and Networking
7:00pm - 7:20pm ---------------------- Sumit Gupta
7:20pm - 7:30pm ---------------------- Q&A Discussion
7:30pm - 7:50pm ---------------------- Gerard Cunningham
7:50pm - 8:00pm ---------------------- Q&A Discussion
8:00pm - 8:10pm ---------------------- James Gatto Q&A Discussion
8:10pm - 8:30pm ---------------------- YuChiang Cheng
8:30pm - 8:40pm ---------------------- Q&A Discussion
8:40pm - 9:00pm ---------------------- End / Closing
Founder and CEO
Sumit has 15 years of product and business experience in social gaming, analytics and web startups. Previous to Bash Gaming, he was VP Strategy and Business Development at Monetize Media, founding team member at Business Signatures acquired by Entrust, an early employee at Escalate and Oracle CRM division
Founder and CEO
Gerard Cunningham is a global leader in eGaming and mobile, freemium, social games.
As founder of Betfair USA, Gerard ran the largest, legal, real money eGaming business in USA.
Gerard is now Founder and CEO of Koolbit, building the largest Mobile Casino Network in the world. Koolbit operates one of largest mobile casino networks, with mobile freemium casinos globally, and real money casinos in UK.
Gerard is a Scot, who lived and worked all over Europe and Asia, on the cutting edge of technology and marketing, before making Silicon Valley his home. He has been involved in a number of successful startups and large companies including, Procter & Gamble, Gap, Lands End, DemandTec (DMAN), Trigo (acqd IBM), Evant (acqd MANH), Kabam.
Co-Founder and CEO
YuChiang Cheng is an entrepreneur who builds businesses around exceptional content. He Co-founded WGT (World Golf Tour) in 2006 where he serves as CEO and is also an active angel investor mentoring startups in Silicon Valley (Openbucks, Viddy, BingoBash, Battle Bears, etc...).
WGT is home to the most engaged online sports fans and is the largest golf website in the world. World Golf Tour is the #1 online golf game and with its proprietary 3D HD technology has raised the bar for bringing console quality games to web browsers.
WGT is one of the first sports games to pioneer the virtual item transaction model merged with an in-game advertising platform. In 2012, WGT launched WGT Baseball: MLB on Facebook, in partnership with Major League Baseball. WGT has also partnered with the USGA, R&A, ESPN, NBC Sports, Nike, Ketel One, Lexus, RBS, Taylormade and top brand sponsors. Prior to WGT, YuChiang served on the executive team at WagerWorks as the vice president of corporate development and product marketing, launching Virgin Games, World Poker Tour, Hard Rock Casino, Paddy Power, MGM Mirage and over 80 Flash based slot, poker and table games for cash . WagerWorks was acquired by IGT.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
James created and is the leader of the firm's Social Media, Entertainment and Technology team, leader of the Virtual Worlds and Video Games team and co-leader of the Open Source team. He leverages his unique combination of over 25 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. His areas of technical focus include computer software, social media, video games, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, user-generated content, location-based services, business methods, Internet and e-commerce technology, media, financial services, optics, and wired and wireless telecommunications.
He has extensive experience advising internet and social media companies on business and legal strategies relating to virtual goods and virtual currency, handling terms of service and end user license agreements, (e.g. for online games, video games, virtual worlds and mirror worlds), developing DMCA policies, handling DMCA enforcement, privacy and COPPA policies and much more.
James is frequently invited to speak at leading business and legal conferences in the U.S. and internationally. He is a regular contributor to VirtualWorldLaw.com, Pillsbury's blog that addresses business and legal issues that affect social media applications, technologies and business models. He has also appeared as a featured guest on Bloomberg television and the Fox Business Network, and has been quoted in popular internet news sites, such as CNN.com.
Founded in 2011, PaeDae (www.PaeDae.com) is a leader in marketing, monetization and engagement solutions for online and mobile applications. PaeDae has two paten-pending products; withPrizes, a white-label, in-app prize platform that allows developers to reward players with real-world prizes, and BARTR, a no-cost, player acquisition network enabling developers to cross promote their games through other apps and reach their target demographic. Headquartered in Santa Monica, PaeDae is a privately held, investor-backed company. For more information, please see www.PaeDae.com
When & Where
YetiZen is a strategic keystone in the game industry. We host the largest Bay Area community of game companies through our San Francisco Game Developer's Workshops. 7000 unique developers go through our workshop and mixer events every year. Our workshops boast some of the biggest names in the game space like rockstar VCs such as Tim Chang!
We select the brightest smartest entrepreneurs we meet who are focusing on building large exitable businesses into our YetiZen games accelerator program. The YetiZen games accelerator program is the only start up accelerator program focused on accelerating and funding mobile/social, and emerging platform game companies. Involved with the accelerator program are 150 advisors, 9 VCs, and 300 angels investors.