Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Mobile Gaming - the analytics of consumer retention and monetization, January 28th

  • 28 Jan 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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North America has seen many changes in the world of mobile gaming over the last few years. Just what is happening in Mobile Gaming? Moderated by Matt Toner from Zeros 2 Heroes Media and VEF Board member, our panel:

Eric Diep, Founder at A Thinking Ape
Kaiser Ng, Senior Director of Operations at DeNA Studios Canada
Tyler Sigman, Co-Founder at Red Hook Studios
Ian Verchere, Chief Creative Officer at Roadhouse Interactive

will discuss the analytics of consumer retention, their company experiences with mobile game development, current markets and monetization.

Eric Diep studied math at the University of Waterloo. He spent considerable time in San Francisco and was one of the first independent developers to gain traction on the Facebook platform.

With a focus on financial and operational efficiency, Kaiser Ng has been a finance/accounting leader in various industries, from government to tech.  

Kaiser was an important member in setting up the Vancouver studio for Japanese mobile gaming giant, DeNA.  He heads up the Finance and Corporate Planning team at DeNA Vancouver, and most recently he took on Operations for the studio.  "It's always a challenge to stay competitive in the mobile gaming space. DeNA's success is built upon our ability to develop high-quality mobile games in short timeframes, and our expertise in game optimization based on KPIs and customer behaviour. We have an amazing team that continuously strives for excellence with a mandate to delight our customers".

Tyler Sigman is an entrepreneur and game designer who has produced over 15 published games across a variety of platforms and mediums. Projects he has been involved with have earned numerous awards, including a BAFTA nomination and an Apple Editor’s Choice selection.

Tyler recently co-founded Red Hook Studios, a Vancouver-based developer currently working on “Darkest Dungeon”, which has already secured a distribution agreement via the 65-million member strong Steam digital storefront. Prior to Red Hook, Tyler was a co-founder of Big Sandwich Games, an independent Vancouver-based videogame developer which was acquired by mobile F2P Seattle-based Z2Live in February 2012. He then served as the Vancouver studio head until April 2013, when he left to found Red Hook.

Chief Creative Officer Ian Verchere has created, directed or produced more than forty titles over almost 25 years, generating over $1 billion in retail sales. Since 2005, Ian has moved into mobile and online games, and as part of Roadhouse, and brings a unique ability to skillfully guide the translation of properties from film, television, comics and books into the games space. From the boardrooms of Hollywood to the indie game studio, projects like the award-winning Beavis and Butt-head and the recent Roadhouse project Family Guy Online, have found commercial and critical success.

Matt Toner began in new media during the dot-boom in New York, helping to launch or manage a trio of start-ups. Following the dot-crash, he switched gears and joined Vancouver’s burgeoning videogame industry, working as a designer and writer on a series of titles for Electronic Arts and Nokia.

In 2006, he returned to new media and led the development of an award-winning television portal before launching Zeros 2 Heroes Media. In tandem with this work, Matt has become an internationally recognized transmedia practitioner and a sought-after speaker.

Matt is the executive producer for Animism: The Gods’ Lake and The Book of the Emissaries.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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