Canada @ GDC 2013 International Publisher Sessions

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Are you going to GDC 2013? Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service has put together an exclusive line-up of free seminars and networking opportunities with international publishers and industry experts for Canadian companies.

For more information contact: GDC2013@international.gc.ca


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Greater China: Market Opportunities & Distribution

Featured speakers include C-level contacts from the Mobile Game Department of Tencent Holding (the #1 game company in China), WoStore Operation Center of China Unicom (the app store of China Unicom -- one of the three wireless carriers in China), , YODO1 (a leading total-solution service provider to bring foreign mobile games to China), Lager Network Technologies (a leading MMORPG/social game development & licensing studio from Taiwan) and XPEC Entertainment (a leading console/web game developer and publisher from Taiwan with well–known titles).

Speakers include:
Mr. Peng Lu, Vice President, Tencent Games
Ms. Victoria Wu, Senior Strategic Partnership Manager, WoStore Operation Center of China Unicom

Mr. Henry Fong, Founder & CEO, Yodo1

Leads: Sandra Jiang, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Shanghai, China & Sonia Lee, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Taipei, Taiwan


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Amazon: Develop, Distribute & Monetize

With the launch of Kindle Fire, the Amazon Appstore, and its own tools and services, Seattle-based Amazon.com now has a full featured platform for developers to build, distribute and monetize their apps. Amazon representatives will share what they are doing in the mobile app space and give specifics about the value their tools and services bring to game developers.

Lead: Troy DeFrank, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Seattle, Washington, USA


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Gowlings: Terms of Use, End User License Agreements & Patent Trolls

Video gaming technology has evolved to allow for new games and business strategies for commercialization games unimaginable when Mario was rescuing the princess for the first time. Legal challenges and potential liabilities have accompanied this technological evolution. Developers who understand their legal rights and responsibilities will accordingly be those who are best positioned to successfully grow their businesses.

Lead: Michael Wozniak, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Silicon Valley, California, USA



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Brazil: Market Opportunities

The Brazil gaming association in Distrito Federal will present on the Brazil game industry, trends and market opportunities.

Lead: Fernanda Whitaker, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Sao Paulo, Brazil



2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pocket Gems: F2P Publishing

Pocket Gems will share best practices for user acquisition and monetization in free-to-play games, as well as highlight the successes for the published titles.

Lead: Michael Wozniak, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Silicon Valley, California, USA




3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Japan: Market Opportunities & Trends

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in Tokyo, Japan will lead a discussion on trends and opportunities for Canadian companies interested in working with the world's second largest game industry. This panel discussion will feature an emerging Japanese mobile publisher (NHN - LINE) and a Canadian game developer with extensive experience in Japan. In addition to learning about the overall opportunity with Japan and how to work with the key players, this session features the unique opportunity to learn first hand about LINE, the world's fastest growing SNS communication and game platform (over 100 million users and growing by 400,000/day).

Lead: Duncan Wright, Canadian Trade Commissioner, Tokyo, Japan

Confirmed Speakers: Mr. Jun Otsuka, Senior Account Manager, NHN Japan Corp (LINE); Mr. James Hursthouse, CEO, Roadhouse Interactive



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