- 24 February, 2009 -
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The 2009′ European Casual Connect was taking place in our home-town – Hamburg – this year. And since we moved our company focus away from mobile-only to PC/Mac online, Browser games and Casual MMOGs (we are still doing mobile as well), the Casual Connect Europe was for sure a place to be.
Besides some very exciting and successful meetings I had, Exit Games hosted a panel on Tuesday morning (in fact I was a little nervous, since I had to jump in at short notice for Robert, who went sick unfortunately): “Designing Community and Socialbility” was discussed with Olivier Mathieu (Cafe.com), Tobias Berlin (Bigpoint), Michael Kalkowski (Game Duell) and Jeff Weisser (SGN). Following the panel discussion, each of the panelists provided the audience a really interesting insight into their production process and learningâ€™s in terms of community and sociability.
On Wednesday evening Exit Games was invited by Jessica Tams (Managing Director of the CGA) to attend a Dinner for the panel moderators and panelists. It was a quite nice discussion round, talking about where Casual Gaming is going in the future and how people like us could participate. After the Dinner we went to the CGA Party with Jessica and David Nixon from I-play. It took place at the famous Mojo Club on the Reeperbahn and was definitely worth a visit!
As an outcome of the Casual Connect we considered our decision proven, to target the online and casual sector. Casual games are growing and especially community/connected/multiplayer features are getting lots of traction. Many people seem to be fevered about getting multiplayer and/or community into their games and that is where we come into play. Furthermore iPhone is one of the hot topics for the casual gaming industry as well and people are still getting excited when they hear that we have an iPhone SDK of our platform available.
The next big show for Exit Games will be the GDC in San Francisco (with hopefully better weather – we had heavy snowfall during the Casual Connect in Hamburg). ðŸ˜‰