FUNDING AND FINANCING
THE VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY
May 15-16, 2014
Welcome to Videogame Economics Forum 2014!
Videogame Economics Forum 2014 (VEF) will take place in Angoulême, South-West of France - close to Bordeaux and Cognac - on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16.
VEF is fully dedicated to videogame industry business models and funding and financing issues, and is the only event of its kind in Europe.
VEF brings together investors, business angels, VCs, bankers, CEOs, and analysts for two days of extremely intense meetings, keynotes, pitch projects, and “one-on-one” meetings.
Videogame Economics Forum 2014 is proud to announce a prestigious line-up of speakers:
Top notch international investors will be at Videogame Economics Forum:
French studios will be there as well with their investors:
François Xavier Dedde - Directeur de Participations NTIC - Omnes Capital will discuss with Charles Christory - CEO and Founder of Adictiz.
We are looking forward to listening to prestigious keynote speakers:
Andrew Sheppard, Kabam Studios President, will give VEF 2014 opening keynote.
Kabam is the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games. Kabam’s hit franchise Kingdoms of Camelot has grossed more than $200 million in less than four years and is one of the top ten strategy franchises of all time. Dragons of Atlantis is another top 20 strategy game. Kabam has partnered with leading Hollywood studios for mobile and Web games based on such iconic films as The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6, and The Godfather. Seven Kabam games gross more than $1 million per month, including three grossing more than $2 million and two grossing more than $7 million per month. Currently, three Kabam games are on the iOS Top 15 grossing list. At the end of 2012, Kabam’s first mobile game, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North was the highest grossing app on iOS of the year.
Another prestigious keynote speaker is Justin Bailey - COO of Double Fine Productions, producer and distributor of “Broken Age”, the latest game by Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango). Broken Age became the largest crowdfunded videogame project in 2012, raising over 3.45 million from more than 87.000 backers within the month. According to Wikipedia, “. It remains one of the highest-backed crowdfunded projects of any type, and its success helped to establish Kickstarter and other crowdfunding mechanisms as a viable alternative to traditional venture capital and publisher funding for niche video game titles”.
Justin Bailey will also participate in a panel discussion “Crowdfunding failures and successes: what went well, what went wrong”.
Kate Edwards, Executive Director, IGDA, will give VEF 2014 opening address and will host a panel discussion entitled “Starting up and Breaking Out: Incubators, Accelerators, Crowd-Funding”.
Alain Tascan, former CEO of Ubisoft Montréal and EA Montréal will interview John Stokes about investments in Canada.
Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat at Venture Beat, will share his vision of the evolution of the industry. Founded in 2006, VentureBeat - one of the “top blogs” according to the New-York Times - is the leading source for news and perspective on technology innovation. Their news, analysis, and events provide deep context to help executives, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts make smart decisions. Dean previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News where he covered venture capital, and the Wall Street Journal.
Last, but not least, Thierry Baujard - CEO - Peacefulfish - will explain more about “Capital Games Fund: A local drive / initiative for game productions”. Nicolas Gaume - President of SNJV - will give a keynote entitled: “How to eat soup with a fork? Challenges and opportunities in funding a videogame company in France”.
Free Master class for participants “Exciting pitch projects to convince investors…
How to pitch a project in front of investors? What are investors looking for? How to get them interested in your project in less than 3 minutes? How to keep their attention on your project? What works, what doesn't work when addressing VCs and business angels? This is the challenge in the pitch projects sessions scheduled during the Videogame Economics Forum 2013!
To get ready to pitch your project in front investors, free training session will take place on Monday, April 28th in Paris, from 2 pm to 6 pm at CNAM (2 rue de Conté, 75003 Paris - Salle 33 1 19). In partnership with Pôle Image Magelis, ENJMIN, CNAM, and NX Publishing, Guillaume Lautour will offer a one day training session for Videogame Economics Forum attendees who registered to pitch a project in front of investors during the event. Guillaume Lautour, partner, ID Invest, is not only an investor. He is also a gamer. And he will help you to answer these questions and many others related to funding and financing videogame studios.
This is a perfect opportunity for game studios representatives, who are looking for funding, to learn from a renowned Venture Capitalist. Guillaume will ask all participants to pitch their projects. Then, he will start a discussion between projects bearers. Through creative and positive critics, everybody will learn from each other, under the supervision of Guillaume Lautour.
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Videogame Economics Forum is the leading European event dedicated to funding and