Sep 14, 2018 Rasmus Ekholm
Small Talks was created as a straightforward concept: intimate gatherings for startups and tech talent to meet top-tier investors, executives, and media. Basically, everyone who shares a passion for empowering startup ecosystems, both locally and globally.
Previously organized in London and Stockholm, with the focus on specific discussion ranging from health to VR/AR, Small Talks Berlin is no different. Here, we wanted to bring forth a topic that’s close to the North, namely gaming. At Slush, we’ve only started covering this topic, even though our events have featured a lot of successful companies over the past years.
Berlin’s Big Gaming Scene: Bringing it all Together
If there are two go-to places in Europe for gaming, it’s the Nordics and Berlin. The indie gaming scene is flourishing but there’s movement on the other end of the spectrum too. Big publishers like Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Riot Games have set up shops in the city and a lot of new game studios are popping up in the fertile environment. It’s an exciting time to gather the players and to dive deep into what’s happening in the industry. One thing we can already say with confidence: the industry is only in its beginning, far from peaking.
Small Talks Berlin will bring together the vibrant gaming scene of the city and beyond. The evening will be all about startups, gaming industry veterans, and top game studio execs sharing their know-how and experiences around gaming and where the industry is headed.
The program will open up topics such as esports, and whether it delivers on its promises. Covering esports was a no-brainer: ESL Cologne, one of the biggest gaming tournaments in Europe, is held annually in Germany, and with Riot Games setting up their European HQ in Berlin, Germany is an indisputable home field for esports in Europe.
A Glimpse of What to Expect
As for the speakers, we’ve got some interesting ones in store for you. To shed a light on a few – we have Malte Barth from BITKRAFT Esports Ventures joining in on the esports panel, bringing seasoned insights from the industry and perspectives from the investing side of esports. Alexander Müller from SK Gaming will join him to bring in an experienced view from running a successful esports team for over a decade.
To ensure more practical tips, the last session of the evening will cover user retention and acquisition. Today we can see a mobile games market getting more crowded making it less accessible for the new players in the field. Timo Soininen from Small Giant Games will join the stage together with Lars Jörnöw from EQT Ventures to discuss how to build a successful games company as Small Giant Games recently raised a mega A-round of 41M€ to support its growth, is one of the strongest in Europe right now. The session will include some of the latest tips on how to acquire and retain customers. These two are definitely masters at it.
For all gaming enthusiasts out there – this event is for you. We are bringing together world-class players with a passion for gaming, a program full of engaging topics and great speakers, in a straight up slushy way only we can deliver.
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